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Planning for Potential Recession

Most manufacturing operations suffer during a recession, primarily because uncertainty increases and demand falls. But research has shown that there are some ways to avoid the negative effects through proper planning. An article published in 2002 by the Harvard Business Review found that during the recessions of 1980, 1990, and 2000, 17% of companies studied went private, went bankrupt, […]

Why Briquette Your Metal Machining Scrap

What Does a Briquetter System Do A briquetting maching compresses loose metal chips into compact pucks (briquettes) that are up to 99% dry. Briquetting Vs Wringing Loose Scrap When it comes to loose scrap and briquettes, the briquettes are easier to store, leave little residual oil, and can bring more money than loose chips. But, there are still many […]

Ready to Lower Your Coolant Costs?

What are my options for filtering and reusing cutting fluid? There are many options available for filtering your spent cutting fluids. The solution will vary depending on the various factors of your specific application. PRAB offers a full line of equipment to choose from. Please contact one of our fluid filtration specialists to discuss your specific operational needs. What […]

Maximizing Conveyor Life Under Press

As seen in ‘Modern Metals Magazine’   “There are critical elements necessary in the design phase that will reduce the impact of force from scrap- ensuring good material flow, reducing downtime and maintenance, and helping to keep operators focused on press output.” –Bob Anspaugh, conveyor sales engineer for PRAB Inc. Q: Why a steel belt for metal stamping scrap? A: […]

Cast Iron Machining – Removing Graphite from Cutting Fluids

The graphite released from machining cast iron quickly fouls filtration media, preventing flow. The concentration of graphite particles, as well as the iron particles increases so that large amounts of sludge build up at the bottom of takes, lines and machine bases. To remove the sludge, production must be shut down for manual cleaning. In addition to the labor […]

Achieving Quantifiable Results Through Sustainable Manufacturing

After World War II, as the United States quickly transformed from an agricultural society to an industrial one and the start of the modern-day environmental movement had begun. In the first 25 years of this movement, the US spent more than $1 trillion to address environmental threats caused by commercial activities. Since that time, being environmentally responsible, has been […]

Cutting Fluid’s Vital Role in Extending Tool Life

Cutting fluids play a very important role in metalworking by providing lubrication to the working area which decreases the amount of heat generated while cutting—preventing tools from exceeding critical temperature ranges. However, cutting fluid deteriorates over time as it becomes contaminated with tramp oils, metal fines, and bacteria. As it breaks down, it can damage machining tools, pumps, and […]

Considering Environmental Impact Beyond Mere Compliance

Wastewater treatment is an increasingly critical topic that has been discussed at the highest levels of government and major corporations. To find a sustainable approach, companies can employ many different strategies to help go beyond mere compliance and begin the process of positively impacting global water quality. According to the 2017 United Nations World Water Development Report, more than […]

Setting The Groundwork For Equipment Performance & Return

The ability to recover valuable cutting fluid from metalworking scrap provides manufacturers the ability to reduce new fluid purchases and other related expenses like haul-away and disposal costs. Because the scrap is separated from the fluid the metalworking operation can also improve the value of its scrap going to the recycler. Companies weighing the options when purchasing new capital […]

Reliable Unattended Production

Most people are familiar with Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART technology)—in the form of many consumer devices such as mobile phones, fitness wristbands, and home thermostats. Companies in the manufacturing industry are rapidly incorporating this technology into everyday operations with a network of small, affordable, internet-connected computers and sensors (IIoT). Applying these internet-enabled, data-driven devices to the industrial […]