An abrasive audit is a detailed
recording over a two week period of all the abrasives that are being used in your
production, along with the details on how the abrasive is being used. Looking
at the cost, usage and application of every abrasive product in your shop or
plant can lead to productivity gains, improvement in processes, opportunities
for supply consolidation and cost reduction.
We walked through this process a while
back with a furniture manufacturer. After assessing their requirements over a
few phone conversations and emails, we determined that our company could offer
a significant savings to this furniture manufacturer in their abrasives
purchases. We switched them to a new and improved abrasive belt material which
reduced their pricing resulting in a savings of $59,142.00 for this customer in
a one year period. In addition, our sanding belts lasted approximately 15%
longer than the former supplier’s belts. Consequently, this customer was able
to use approximately 294 fewer belts in the same time frame. Bottom line
savings totaled 62% by switching to belts offered by Abrasive Resource.
Things important to know during an abrasive
you would like to prepare for your own abrasive audit, gather past order
information on the abrasives you purchase. You will want to make a list of all
the products that you buy along with specifications and quantities. Your
abrasive supplier will be happy to walk alongside you during this audit—giving
suggestions, sending samples and providing quotations so that you can assess
your particular situation and improve the grinding and finishing processes in
your plant. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at Abrasive
Resource. Abrasive products are all we do. And if you’re not makin’ dust,
you’re eatin’ it!
- What are the abrasives currently being used
for each part and what is its cost?
- What is the number of pieces or parts you are
able to finish per abrasive product?
- What is the amount of each abrasive you buy in
- Are there bottleneck areas where the sanding
operation is slowing things down?
- Does one operator or operation consistently
consume more abrasives than another?
- Have there been changes in technology that
might help improve productivity or cost?