Why does water quality minimise factory downtime?

Why does water quality minimise factory downtime?

Improving water quality by making it purer reduces the impact of minerals and hard water deposits that disrupt operations. Downtime is caused when operators must stop and clean machine tooling parts, or time is wasted due to batches of product needing to be redone.

Impure water used within manufacturing processes reduces their efficiency, resulting in damage to machinery and poorer-quality end products.

What businesses are most susceptible to factory downtime caused by water quality?

Manufacturers of glass, cars and medical equipment, and factories using water jet cutting machines, are all examples of businesses whose productivity can be negatively impacted by impure water.

And what’s typically the cost?

The damage poor water quality does to factories can be measured in terms of time and money. If your machinery runs into difficulties due to poor water, it may take several hours to rectify and get the machine up and running again.

The impact of this downtime will be proportionate to the products a factory makes, and whether the end products are still useable. For instance, a car manufacturer could lose production time to the value of £100,000 for a few hours’ downtime.

If a glass manufacturer produces a batch of products that don’t meet the required quality standards, they may have to dispose of that batch and start again, losing £50,000 worth of products and several hours’ worth of work.

The problem doesn’t go away either. Failing to tackle poor water quality could cause several hours of downtime per day, with operators having to stop and clean machine tooling parts or having to redo batches of products.

Tackling water quality to minimise factory downtime

Investing in a water treatment system that makes sure process water is always at the required quality is how manufacturers prevent this downtime – and limit the resulting losses.

Good water quality guarantees end products meet the standard the first time, particularly for car and glass manufacturers, preventing wasted time and raw materials. It also stops staff spending hours each day dealing with machines that aren’t performing properly.

How much time and money does a water treatment system save?

It’s hard to quantify these figures as it varies by industry and how each business makes their products. Every site we treat is different, and the savings are proportionate the problem and the value of the products being made. But, as a rough estimate, we’d suggest a 10% reduction in downtime and potentially 15% cost saving by fewer repairs.

Look at our case studies for some examples of how businesses have saved water and limited downtime with water treatment systems.

We hope we’ve answered the question “why does water quality minimise factory downtime?” in enough detail. For advice specific to your business, contact us today on 0113 232 0005 or sales@excelwater.co.uk.