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Overcoming the Operational Challenges of Wastewater Regulatory Compliance

Meet Regulatory Requirements and Achieve Cost Savings with Wastewater Treatment Technologies By Tim Hanna, Vice President Business Development, PRAB     Introduction Wastewater compliance management is one of the most challenging issues facing manufacturing operations today. Steeped in dense regulatory terminology and with standards that can be distinctive to each facility, wastewater regulations can be […]

Reducing Haul-Away Costs in Metalworking Operations

Lower Metal Scrap and Fluid Haul-Away Expenses with Automated Systems By Mike Hook, Sales & Marketing Director, PRAB Introduction Costs to haul away and dispose of metal scrap and spent cutting fluids erode the bottom line of metalworking operations. Several factors outside the control of metalworking shops contribute to the costs, which continue to increase: Pass-through […]

Green Engineering

Green Engineering How to Design More Profit into the Metalworking Operation By Ron Chapman, Systems Sales Manager & Teresa Phillips, Senior Marketing Specialist, PRAB   Introduction The green movement is not a new concept. In fact, the basic principles were well-known throughout Europe in the medieval era. However, it was the Industrial Revolution in Europe that […]

Extending Tool Life In Metalworking Operations

Automated fluid recycling systems maximize the service life of tools while lowering operating costs. By Mike Hook, Sales & Marketing Director, PRAB Introduction The metalworking industry, like all manufacturing operations, must contest with several market factors that are difficult if not impossible to control: Escalating materials costs spurred by policy decisions, transportation costs, raw materials shortages, […]

Taking Control of Wastewater Treatment

Considering Environmental Impact and Other Motivating Factors Beyond Mere Compliance By Tim Hanna, Vice President of Business Development, PRAB     Introduction On a global level, wastewater treatment is an increasingly critical topic of discussion that has been addressed at the very highest levels of government and major corporations. In order to find a sustainable […]

Implementing Smart Equipment In The Metalworking Industry

Automated Systems and Software Platforms Exist that Can Ease an Operation’s Transition to the Industrial Internet of Things     Introduction Smart technology has become a common, if not essential, part of our daily lives. Most people are familiar with smart technology—which is an acronym for Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology—in the form of various consumer […]

Prioritizing Plant Housekeeping In A Metalworking Operation

Using Automated Systems to Keep a Shop Clean and Free of Hazards Has a Positive Impact on Profit, Productivity and Purpose By Mike Hook, Sales & Marketing Director, PRAB     Introduction For workplaces in the United States and many other industrialized countries, “cleanliness is a virtue” is more than just an old adage—it is […]

Getting the Most Value from Metal Scrap and Spent Fluids

When market factors reduce profit margins, metalworking operations should consider shifting their capital expenditures to back-end process systems. By Mike Hook, Sales & Marketing Director, PRAB   Introduction In 2010, Modern Machine Shop magazine released its inaugural “Top Shops” benchmarking survey. Intended as an annual method for metalworking shops to compare their key performance indicators with […]

Reallocating Labor in the Metalworking Industry

The importance of automating waste stream systems increases as attracting and retaining employees becomes more difficult. By Mike Hook, Sales & Marketing Director, PRAB Introduction These days, bringing in business is not the biggest problem for many North American metalworking plants, according to industrial supply company Grainger. In its 2018 online article Metalworking Today: Three Trends […]

Avoiding Accidents, Injuries & Illnesses In Metalworking Operations

Automating the handling of metal scrap and spent fluids is crucial to protecting your workforce. By Mike Hook, Sales & Marketing Director, PRAB   Introduction In a report issued during the 2018 National Safety Council Congress & Expo, the Campbell Institute-a respected global thought leader on placing environment, health, and safety at the core of business […]