Increasing revenues, acquiring new customers, and keeping the current ones happy seem to be the main goals in manufacturing right now. With production in the U.S. always changing, learning new ways to secure additional business is going to be one of the key factors to growth in the manufacturing industry as a whole.
Making increased investments in machinery and updating software and technology alone doesn’t always guarantee growth – although one might assume it would. Manufacturers (especially small-sized companies) are making investments at higher levels than any recorded in the past seven years, in an effort to attain more business. But in addition to those technology upgrades, we have adopted a few strategies to maintain a competitive advantage and be more responsive our customers:
Maintain a skilled workforce
- It’s expected that most manufacturers build basic parts and have assembly lines. That’s why we do our best to show that we have skilled workers who can work with our customers’ complex equipment AND have superior capabilities in engineering.
- We do our best to meet our customers’ needs as closely as possible. In our business, that means we develop custom designs based on clients’ specific requirements. We don’t just issue a standard system and expect them to work around it. We work around their system needs instead.
Find opportunities to improve
- We revisit our business strategies often in order to provide the best service to our customers. Something that worked well five years ago might not work so well today, so by constantly looking for ways to improve, we’re always at the forefront of our industry.
Sustainability is a major buzzword in business today, but what does it mean for energy production and waste disposal? On the production side of the equation, one major initiative being undertaken in the industrial field has been using common by-products as a source of fuel (biomass). This waste-to-energy conversion not only results in a cleaner environment, but also represents an opportunity for renewable and sustainable energy development.
On the waste side of the picture, sustainability can mean finding ways to make the byproducts of energy production cleaner. For both biomass and coal-fired power plants, the necessity for cleaner energy has been made even more apparent, thanks to the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) regulation. The new standards limit emissions of mercury (Hg), hydrochloric acid (HCl), and filterable particulate matter (fPM) from power plants to benefit public health. They also regulate SO2, SO3, and HF emissions.
Mercury and hydrochloric acid in particular are well-known by-products of coal-fired plants, as well as from biomass fuel, creating a need for better options in this industry.
Dry sorbent injection (DSI) is one method ideally suited to aid in pollution mitigation of all these requlated emissions. It neutralizes harmful gases before they have a chance to be released into the atmosphere. This is a major step forward in the power generation field.
This process will be discussed more in depth at the 15th Annual Electric Power Conference & Exhibition. The event takes place May 14 to 16, 2013 in Rosemont,IL. Nol-Tec Systems’ Chemical Engineer Brent Tidemann will be speaking on Wednesday, May 15 at 8:30AM. His presentation, titled, “DSI for HCl and Mercury” will discuss DSI technology and its applications for HCl and mercury mitigation. This is a must-attend presentation for anyone in the waste-to-energy field or who wants to learn more about new energy practices.