Over the last 40 years: The first screw reclaimer returned home

The screw reclaimer, which has been standing in front of the Rauma office premises at Nortamonkatu since 2006 was the first device which Raumaster delivered. It was ordered by Suomen Sokeri Oy in the summer of 1984, to replace the reclaimer from Lönnström, which was not dustproof, and did not turn in the desired way. The unloading shute was also to be made as focal as possible.

The call for bids arrived at the nine-day-old Raumaster Oy on May 7, 1984. Approximately two weeks later the technical specifications and commercial terms of the device were agreed upon. Esko Saarela, who led the project, managed the preferential pricing and Jouko Mäkilä wrote the offer on grid paper, which was taken to the downstairs of Rautatienkatu premises to a secretary, who sent it forward to the customer via teleprinter.

The customer accepted the offer on June 6, and the defined delivery time was set for week 35. The planning and acquirement of the purchase components started immediately after, and Kollan Teräsrakenne was selected as the machine shop subcontractor. The screw reclaimer for grain dust was delivered within the planned timetable in late August of 1984, and it served at the Salo factory for a few decades.

When the device was no longer in use, Raumaster bought it back. The restoring of the reclaimer at Rauma only took some sandblasting and a new coat of paint. A sign describing the company's first device was also installed on the screw reclaimer. The reclaimer is still functional. It could practically be put into use, although the technology has changed and evolved.