An investment in over £500,000 worth of core cleaning equipment will have important local environmental benefits, reduce operating costs and increase production capacity at a major UK parts remanufacturing plant. Alan Smart, chairman of Cannock-based ATP Industries Group, says the cost of expenditure on equipment will be recovered within two years.
“Having zero returns has added efficiencies,” he says. “We have seen a 30% improvement in total cleanliness from day one. Getting the cleaning process right first time represents a great step forward for ATP.” The real winner is the environment, he added: “The new machines produce zero discharge. It means 100,000 litres of effluent a year will no longer be discharged into the local sewerage system.” Supplied by German equipment specialist
Durr, the three new machines have replaced a manual system. The core, which is used in the reman processes of a range of products, includes parts for manual and automatic transmissions, torque converters and valve bodies.
Manual cleaning cycles used to take up to one hour. A cleaning cycle now takes just eight minutes, says Smart. The extra capacity looks to be well timed. There were strong hints from the company that it is closing in on new contracts that will extend its support for a growing number of OE reman programmes.