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    Chen
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    Hello out there,
    Is there someone who has experience with a project to reduce costs with regard to metal waste (chips, metal stamping waste, end pieces of rods, tubes ect).Some steps are maybe:- Analyse possibility to use other raw materials (tube versus bar for   products with a central hole).- Get a better price for chips when they are not polluted with    oil/emulsion and/or pressed to pallets (cookies).- Change machines, so that end pieces of bars/tubes are shorter.- Reuse of the waste material (metal stamping waste – picture frames,   cilinder tube ends – bycicle pump or other wild ideas)
    Any input is more than welcome!!
    Bernard (BB The Netherlands)
     

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    Sheri
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    Another possibility is to look at changing the processing method.  For example, you may be able to stamp or forge the part into a rough state and finish it by grinding or turning.  The caution here is the material used to produce the product may have desirable properties for one process and undesirable properties fo the other process.
    To expand on your option of getting a better price for chips, you could look at cleaning the chips or at least getting them to a state where you could sell them.  Of course, if it will cost you more to clean them, it’s not worth it.
    Working with your vendor should be a constant in your attempt to reduce cost.  They may develop a new grade of material that has lower cost and still meets your design specifications.

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