Metal processing materials are notoriously difficult to remove from drawn and formed parts. If not removed properly, they can cause downstream contamination, rework, downtime, and customer rejects. However, companies have different attitudes toward cleaning costs, risks, and impact.
Hubbard-Hall commissioned objective third party, Gardner Intelligence, to conduct a custom survey for data-based insights about cleaning. The study confirms that as cleaning quality goes down, the attribution of poor part quality to cleaning goes up. But how do we explain that dynamic? And what is the impact on financial performance? Gardner Intelligence's analysis of survey results, integrated with shop data to help identify relationships between variables, reveals the differences.
It shows us that metal parts manufacturers need to consider more than just the cost of cleaning chemicals and equipment when considering a cleaning protocol. They need to understand the hidden cost of not cleaning properly, which can far outweigh the initial cleaning cost.
- How attitudes about cleaning relate to quality yield
- How quality yield relates to what a shop spends on cleaning and its profit margins
- Tips on building a cleaning process to improve quality, yield, and the bottom line
Director of Cleaning Technologies, Hubbard-Hall
Mike has over 25 years of experience in specialty chemical development and product management. He has been involved with the development and sales of specialty chemicals; detergents and cleaners; and metal finishing products.
Chief Data Officer; Gardner Business Media, Inc.
Steve Kline is Chief Data Officer at Gardner Business Media, Inc., a family-owned business that produces media for durable goods manufacturing industries, including Modern Machine Shop, Production Machining, Additive Manufacturing, Moldmaking Technology, Plastics Technology, Products Finishing and Composites World magazines. He has produced forecasts for his family’s business and the metalworking and plastics industries. Also, Mr. Kline has been working on Gardner’s Capital Spending Survey, the Gardner Business Index, and Top Shops benchmarking survey since 2008. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BS in civil engineering and a MBA with an emphasis in finance from the University of Cincinnati.