In many ways we have come to rely less and less on paper products. Invoices are often given online instead of through the mail. Checks are a thing of a previous generation, and younger people likely have no idea that the “cc” line on their email accounts stands for “carbon copy” – that magical transfer of print from top sheet to bottom yellow sheet. Of course there are lots of great benefits to going paperless, but don’t say that too loudly around the print industry. In fact, as many as 20% of print companies are expected to go out of business in the coming year.
The issue for the print industry has nothing to do with producing a quality item. In fact, many companies already out of business or on the ropes have strong reputations and vast years of experience. However, there are a few factors that feature in the death of the print or paper plant. Perhaps the number one reason is faulty equipment. For some plants this means having machines that go down without repair for too long, but for others it can represent a failure to upgrade. If a press is down and jobs are delayed, of course that will impact your business. But in an industry that needs every advantage it can find to save its bottom line, considering the processes on the plant floor can be a lifesaver.
Take the example of a steam pulp heater. Pulp stock, if not properly handled, can cause issues down the line for a consumer in the form of rejects and breaks. The problem is ultimately a mixing issue. Old school mixers have motor driven pegs, seals and gearboxes that are subject to repair. Komax’s revolutionary static mixer incorporates chambers where pulp stock and steam are contacted and mixed – and subsequently perform in over 250 mills around the world. No motors, no seals, no gearboxes – and a cost efficient improvement at 1/3 the cost.
Newer equipment doesn’t have to mean expenses that break your balance sheet. Find out how Komax can revolutionize your position in the industry.