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Poco Graphite: value engineering and cost performance modelling reduce cost of ownership

2013-08-06 | Manufacturing technology

In this article, Poco Graphite shows us how high quality can be a benefit not only to bottlers and consumers, but also to glass manufacturers – and especially when high quality can be obtained at lower cost of ownership. We discover, however, that these materials must also be used correctly to give the required results.

By using long-lasting, precision-machined take out holders and inserts, manufacturers actually save money
Everyone benefits from higher quality at the lowest achievable cost – and the glass industry is no exception. However, the lowest achievable cost seldom equates with the lowest price: less costly consumables are rarely the key to lowering overall manufacturing costs. Rather, better quality materials and improved technology pave the way to repeatedly larger cost savings. High production rates demand consistent performance and a high level of precision in critical stages of manufacturing. In glass container manufacturing, one critical point occurs when the bottle is removed from the mould. By using long-lasting, precision-machined take out holders and inserts, manufacturers actually save money in the long run. This can be demonstrated with cost performance modelling that compares how various materials perform in terms of bottle quality and machine uptime.
But the benefits of high performance materials will not be realized unless they are used properly. When using high performance materials, manufacturers should obtain value engineering support from the supplier. Value engineering support ensures that the design and function of the manufacturing set up meet the requirements to reduce costs and increase production. Such design, however, is not obvious and often is counterintuitive.
For example, one might assume that tighter tolerances will result in better performance, but that is not always the case. In the manufacture of glass containers with threaded finishes, standard g...

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