Join Tait Towers LLC for an in-depth discussion in this video Fabrication, part of TAIT: Creating World Class Experiences.
(upbeat music) - [Brad] We're a very innovative business. We build incredibly complex machinery and components. - Essentially we have three different break-outs of three different teams that have specialization in their different roles. One of those teams is mainly structures. The other team is kind of like what used to be called tracking rigging. So, anything that flies in the air. And, then, the other team specialized in motion, which were parts and setups that rolled on the ground.
We try to dive the team to be like a one function, so, that anything that comes in, all three teams are equipped to handle it and they play off of each other. So, we got a good thing going. (loud machinery buzzing) Yeah see, we're building this fancy, looks like a garage door, if you think about it, but it goes through a maze. And these are going to be the links for the prototype when they test it. - Eventually, at the end of the day, this thing's going to be...
- Yes. - [both] Massive. - Absolutely massive. - I rely a lot, very heavily, on my experience, past welding and fabricating. I'd gone to school for commercial diving, underwater welding, which, actually, of all the different jobs I've had, that was one that was able to cross over the most. And I use that to drive the guys, push them in the right direction, if you will. - As design starts to get to the done part of their phase, we bring in fabrication to review the design, to see if there's any value engineering that can be done in the construction method.
- That team, then, will create the necessary elements, and then we break all elements into kits. - Kit is the project bringing it down into, essentially, blueprints, but we have our own little twist on them. They come down out of design and you have parts, detailed hardware called out, but it's not like any other blueprint I've ever seen. - When we get ready to build out a big show, it gets really complex, we have less than two weeks and all the parts are coming in, these guys right here are water spiders.
So, they'll go and collect the parts from all over and they'll stage it here by each show. - Water spider's duty is to take a kit and get all the parts that are in the kit to the guys for them to fabricate. - So, they'll kit all the way down to the actual nut or bolt so that the teams here can be their most efficient about running the assembly. - All the secondary operations, like painting the boxes and stuff like that, we make sure that that stuff happens in a timely manner for the guys to meet the deadline.
- [Sam] We push product through, create it, build it, fabricate it, and then push it off to the integration team to roll out the door to the client. - When I showed up for my first interview, I was blown away. I had absolutely no idea what I was looking at. And, then, by the second interview, it started to click. Like, wow, these guys, they give the orders that platform, that spectacle. (upbeat music) - My second time coming up, I was meeting with the CO and my interview with him was 30 minutes late because he was in a meeting with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and, to me, that was the coolest thing ever.
I was like, if our conversation went well and he liked me, I was definitely coming because, again, there was nothing that I've ever experienced in life like that. - You're doing something that makes people happy. And, you know, I've not yet gone to a show where somebody's been upset or they've not been some type of wow factor by the type of equipment that we deliver. - When there's ideas and concepts come down, a lot of times, they do seem impossible, but we make it, nonetheless.