The lead-off speaker at our Processing Conference & Workshop in Chicago at the end of this month asks an important question: “What is your old auxiliary equipment costing you?” In other words, what is it costing you not to replace it? You won’t hear the answer until Oct. 28, but a few clues may be gleaned from a fascinating book I reviewed in this space in August (visit www.ptonline.com/articles/200808ed.html). It’s titled Energy Management in Plastics Processing (www.pidbooks.com), by Dr. Robin Kent of Tangram Technology Ltd., a British plastics consulting firm. Here are some tidbits:
If you want to get a handle on those hidden costs and how to control them through better specification, management and maintenance, there’s no better place to start than at our two-day program on “Practical Solutions for Processing Productivity,” Oct. 28-29 in Oak Brook, Ill.. And if you want to know about more efficient technologies available in dryers, chillers, blenders, feeders, conveyors, robots, granulators, and other auxiliaries, we’ll have two dozen top suppliers on hand to answer your questions. It’s all about no-cost and low-cost ways to improve your productivity, profitability, and competitiveness in challenging economic times. It’s the first event of its kind ever, and you won’t want to miss it.