The furniture stamping industry is no stranger to the woes of market volatility over the past few years. While steel prices are finally returning to normal after supply chain issues during the pandemic, with the increased expense of labor and post-production processes, there is no break in the rising costs of doing business. That is why, to stay competitive, furniture stamping companies must take advantage of operational efficiencies wherever they can. One such strategy is industrial fluid reduction.
Industrial Fluid Reduction in the Furniture Stamping Industry
Industrial fluid is a critical component in the furniture stamping process as it helps ensure accurate stamping and prevents damage to the furniture piece. However, the amount of fluid used can be substantial, resulting in high costs and environmental impact. Unfortunately, the thought of reducing fluid is often overlooked in the manufacturing industry, with the focus being on maintaining production rather than minimizing waste. However, a fluid reduction strategy can help reduce costs and improve efficiency without sacrificing product quality, making it a worthwhile investment for furniture stamping manufacturers. Let’s look at the various ways in which fluid reduction can help increase efficiency in furniture stamping.
Fluid Use and Cost Savings
Not only can you impact the initial cost of purchasing fluids, but by reducing the amount of fluid used, manufacturers can save on ongoing costs associated with maintenance, machine cleaning, floor cleaning, and waste management. Additionally, a Fluid Lifecycle Analysis determines if you’re using the best fluid for the job. For example, a more capable fluid at a lighter ratio could reduce costs and increase production efficiency.
Waste Reduction and Environmental Impact
Industrial fluid waste is costly to dispose of and recycle properly. And while recycling and proper disposal are essential, the best practice for the environment is to reduce fluid use and waste at the source. According to the EPA’s Pollution Prevention act of 1990, source reduction is the first line of defense – and most effective – against pollution prevention. The less fluid used, the lower the chance of a leak or environmental contamination. Additionally, reducing waste can help conserve natural resources by minimizing the raw materials needed to manufacture new products. By embracing fluid reduction, manufacturers can contribute to a more sustainable future while improving their bottom line.
Cleaner Products and Reduced Scrap
By using less fluid, furniture stamping manufacturers can minimize the fluid residue left on finished products, resulting in cleaner and more polished surfaces. This not only reduces the time and cost required for cleaning but also improves the appearance and quality of the finished product. Additionally, removing the excess fluid gives technicians a clearer view of the metal in production, increasing quality control. This enables technicians to mitigate issues and reduce the amount of scrap or waste products, resulting in further cost savings and improved efficiency.
Healthier Work Environment and Increased Productivity
Excess industrial fluid makes a mess of your work environment. It spills out of the machines onto the floor and surrounding area, creating a slip-and-fall hazard. Exposure can also occur when employees handle machines, tools, or parts with excess fluid, leading to skin irritations. Lastly, excess fluid can lead to more airborne particles, which, when inhaled by employees, can cause lung irritation, asthma, and bronchitis. Overall, the more fluid you have in use, the greater the chance for worker exposure. By reducing the amount of industrial fluid you use and implementing fluid application systems with greater control, you create a safer, more productive work environment for your employees.
Implementing a Fluid Reduction Strategy
Implementing a fluid reduction strategy can significantly improve efficiency in the furniture stamping industry. By reducing the amount of fluid used, manufacturers can reduce costs and increase margins while streamlining the manufacturing process. Additionally, fluid reduction can result in increased productivity, a healthier work environment, and cleaner end products. By embracing fluid reduction, manufacturers can improve their profitability and maintain a competitive edge in the market.
Impact Fluids work with furniture stamping organizations in a unique and innovative way. Unlike most fluids suppliers who just take your order, we rarely discuss ordering fluids when we first meet you. Instead, we want to:
- Review your entire operation.
- Find out what equipment and processes you rely on.
- Determine areas where overusing fluids affects the bottom line (people issues like downtime for cleanup, quality issues like inconsistent mix ratio, or production issues like high scrap rate from improper fluid application.)
- Report our findings to show you potential areas for savings and improvements.
Then, we can talk about the fluids you need. Up to 80% less than the old way. We help you reduce your fluid consumption, manage fluid usage, and provide premium industrial fluids to enhance your manufacturing process, save money and protect the environment.
Contact us today and schedule your Fluid Lifecycle Analysis.