Many companies and manufacturers today value sustainability. It is something that when achieved, can be a big help to the entire business and industry. When a manufacturer or company is sustainable it can make it a lot easier to bring down costs, maximize the use of the materials and also be of help to the environment. With more and more manufacturers trying to get into sustainability, what would that mean for a big industry, pipe fabrication? In the heavy industry, pipe fabrication is a big thing, but when it comes to sustainability it might not be there yet.
Companies and manufacturers in the pipe fabrication industry still spend a lot of money to procure materials for pipe bending fabrication. The costs accounts for around forty-five percent of the entire gross value in production. In addition to that, the costs of energy in manufacturing is quite high as well but the companies and manufacturers are always looking for more ways to maximize their resources allowing them to manufacture more products making sure that there is no negative effect on their quality.
The pipe fabrication industry has a lot of companies and manufacturers which means that is a lot of competition keeping everyone on their feet to make sure that their company and their products are always ahead from others. Something that has benefited other industries is the use of resource conserving tech which has helped many companies reduce their wastes maximizing usage which can be very helpful for pipe fabrication companies.
The usual process of manufacturing pipe products in the factory is that it goes through three main processes which is the initial cutting, the bending, and then the final cutting where any excess material is trimmed off. An approach that could make this process a lot more sustainable is by incorporating those three process into one machine or at least in a single area. This will help cut down the time of travel between the processes. If it can be done by a single machine, then more accuracy would be put into play allowing for less waste in addition to the reduced manufacturing time.
A lot of the machinery being used today results in a lot of wasted materials which really isn’t really helpful when it comes to trying to meet a sustainable goal. In these machines, as the raw material goes through, they first go through the first cutting process which cuts them down to length after which they are bent. After bending they are then cut down again since the previous cutting process left some extra material just in case. The final cutting process can result in up to four inches of material per piece and when you add that up, you could just create thousands of other pipes making it really a big waste.
However, technology is constantly developing and that could mean a lot for sustainability in the pipe fabrication industry. Take that and add that to an improvement of the system and sustainability can surely be met.