For many processors, purge compounds are just a small piece of the pie for their business. Many businesses look at driving their costs down for products they purchase down year after year with renegotiating. If you are looking at driving your costs down, then here’s some food for thought; try looking into asset utilization! I would confidently state that the cost of operation is the largest portion of cost in creating a finished product. The resin cost, packaging, and shipping are often view as some of the biggest expenses.
Although purge compound is just a small piece of the business, it can provide room for dessert. In other words, by using an effective cleaner, you can changeover faster and have more machine time to produce products.
A recent example of this was a black to grey changeover for a profile extrusion company sampling our UF2 product. After completion of the trial, a 74% cost savings per purge resulted in saving 75% of their time per purge. An hour changeover was cut down to 15 minutes, twice a week. Again, this sounds like a small win but when was the last time you were able to put back almost 80 hours of production time back into your manufacturing schedule?
Sometimes the small things, like the icing on the cake, are the best part!
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Jacob Puffer is a Technical Sales Representative at Asaclean-Sun Plastech, Inc. He started his career at Asahi Kasei Plastics of North America in Fowlerville, MI and attended Baker College of Flint.