Efficiency and reliability... when and where it really counts
By Rene Garza - Global Marketing Manager for Industrial, Consumer and Energy, DuPont Perfomance Polymers
Somebody once said: "The only thing constant about change is change itself." It is for this reason that companies must stay agile and maintain the ability to adapt to changing global demands and subsequently exploit opportunities when they arise.
The last decade has seen a paradigm shift in the way that companies operate, with many production-oriented organizations relocating their manufacturing and fabrication operations to countries where labor-related costs are lower.
For some companies however, relocation is just not an option, and productivity improvements have to be made at the same location through greater efficiency and enhanced reliability. This is where we step in!
In this issue we look at what we call Ideal Production—what we classify as the creation of durable, high-performance products fabricated using more efficient, less cost-intensive processes; all of which is made possible through collaboration and expert application development. Our know how coupled to our advanced materials really can make a difference across many industries and applications.
Process efficiency coupled with product quality is neatly addressed in the article that discusses our DuPont™ Viton® FreeFlow™ technology, which is used in the processing of polyolefin polymers, such as linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), or high-density polyethylene (HDPE), including single-site technology polyethylene type polymers. Besides countering melt fracture—resulting in clearer, higher quality films—the Viton® additives can also significantly improve efficiency of the extrusion process by lowering friction and reducing polymer build-up at the die interface. The end result being enhanced efficiency through longer production runs, lower maintenance and reduced costs.
One of the most demanding industries in the world is also one of the biggest users of DuPont materials... and for very good reasons. The oil and gas feature looks at the unique challenges presented to us by this industry and pays particular attention to DuPont™ Kalrez® perfluoroelastomer parts, DuPont™ Vespel® polyimide, DuPont™ Viton® fluoroelastomer, DuPont™ Hytrel® TPC-ET and DuPont™ Pipelon® polymeric pipe solutions. In all instances, the materials are deployed in extremely harsh environments , offering enhanced efficiency through longer life, improved reliability and greater durability.
Perhaps the saving with the biggest impact on efficiency is time. Our innovative In-Mold Hold Pressure (IMHP) technology can save up to 30% in overall cycle time. Althoug 30% may not sound like much, in a 24-hour manufacturing operation, the annual time savings can be vast.
I think you get the picture and I could go on, but to cover all the possible efficiency savings and reliability improvements that we could help you achieve would take more than just a single page. So, in order not to take any more of your valuable time, consider these applications and apply the end results to your business. If you can see any overlap, please do get in touch, we will be more than happy to help... in the most efficient way possible of course.