edge trimWhen you think of edge trim, you probably consider it to be harmless. That’s assuming, of course, that you give it any thought at all. In fact, some of you may be wondering: what do I even mean when I say edge trim? I mean the plastic remains of a product after it has been used. Edge trim can be a real problem for the manufacturing industry. It may look like it is easy to dispose of, worry free. But edge trim can actually be costing you money in ways that you don’t realize. KenBay believes in proper waste disposal, and too often manufacturing plants mishandle the disposal of edge trim. If you want to learn more, then read on.

Edge trim can Halt Production.

At its worst, a jam from edge trim can stop your entire production line dead. The plastic gets stuck in the machines and nothing else can get through. Manufacturing plants are like an elaborate cogwork mechanism: they require every part to be functional in order to operate. When one part stops, the whole thing has to shut down and wait for it to be up and running again. This means wasted time!

It Requires Human Labor to Address the Jam.

Once the jam has begun, it takes money and manpower to fix. You may need to have someone from the machine’s original manufacturer come out and take a look. Do you trust an inexperienced worker to look at your machinery? Do they know how to take the machine apart and put it back together exactly as it was? Paying for someone to come and fix your problem (which is already costing you money by halting your production) can add additional expenses. Yes you get the production line back up and running, but how much money have you lost from paying for the expert on top of the lack of production?

A More Subtle Form of Financial Loss.

The people in charge of manufacturing plants know how devastating a full jam can be. As a result, companies don’t run their machines at full capacity for fear of jams. The machines run slower, which means less product is produced, which means less product to sell and fewer finances. Who knew something as seemingly inconsequential as Edge Trim could have such a widespread impact!

KenBay believes that edge trim shouldn’t have a stranglehold over your production. In our opinion, it’s better to dispose of the edge trim right at the source of the waste. We have actually spoken about this before! Our solution: place a RotoPac at the source of edge trim and remove it from the equation entirely. By eliminating the edge trim, you can run  your machines at full speed. You eliminate the risk of halts in production. Finally, you reduce headcount because you don’t need to pay someone to unjam your assembly line! A simple solution ends up saving you a lot of time and money, and those savings definitely add up over time. If you are interested in trying one of KenBay’s portable RotoPacs for your plant, visit KenBay’s website where you can try it before you buy it.