Solving scrap: Focus on Quality Management to achieve dramatic savings

For any manufacturer, reducing scrap is essential. But many organizations think of the cost of scrap only in terms of how much raw material costs are affected.

In reality, a high scrap rate is a symptom of a deeper issue with overall process control and optimization. When you look for the root cause of scrap—and solve it—you’re likely to reap benefits throughout your entire operation.

A metal-forming manufacturer had problems—big problems. This leading global enterprise had discovered that the scrap rate in one of its plants had hit 45 percent.

The site manufactured complex, very large aluminum forms—some larger than of 50’ x 50’. Recovering nearly half their product was no small undertaking.

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