Plant Operations - PRAB

2018 IIC Conference - Presentations

July 26, 2016

Monday, 9/12

1:15 to 2:10 p.m. / W-194-A

Session Topic: Productivity and Cost Improvement Using a Continuous Improvement Process Toward Scrap and Fluid Management

Productivity improvements in today’s manufacturing plants and machine shops are typically derived from the evaluation of machining equipment, operating procedures, and labor allocations. Often the metalworking waste streams are overlooked as a place for productivity improvements due to an assumption that a collect-and-dump approach is the most cost effective method of scrap and fluid management.

The discussion presented by PRAB Inc. challenges the industry assumption of limited gains and payback. This interactive discussion will evaluate the metalworking by-product and demonstrate how to turn it into an environmental and economic benefit through a continuous improvement process (CIP).

Tim Hanna

Managing Director

Tim Hanna has more than 35 years’ experience in machine shops and OEM businesses related to the automotive industry. Hanna understands first-hand the importance of establishing productive, safe, actionable operating procedures to achieve sustainable growth. Hanna’s expertise in coolant management for recycle and reuse comes from his 15 years as the managing director for PRAB. Hanna uses this experience to educate the industry on the importance of safe and effective coolant management and environmental compliance.

Ron Chapman

North American Systems Sales

Ron Chapman is a mechanical engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in industrial metalworking and fluid reclamation for automotive, aerospace, construction equipment, and general metalworking applications. Chapman works with large OEM’s and small machine shops to fully understand current scrap and fluid management challenges and works to offer comprehensive automated options with quantifiable cost savings. Chapman is also well-versed in ISO-14001, environmental compliance and helps to guide his customers on possible risk-based scenarios and how to avoid fines related to improper transport and disposal of spent fluids.

PRAB is a leading manufacturer of engineered conveyors and equipment for processing turnings, chips and metalworking fluids. We also design and build wastewater recycling systems. Our equipment and systems are tailored to the scrap metal and fluid handling needs of each application. The equipment designed and built by PRAB not only automates the scrap handling process but also reduces labor costs, improves shop floor safety, mitigates fork truck traffic, reclaims and recycles expensive cutting fluids, and maximizes return on recycled metals.

Our engineering expertise is honed by more than 65 years’ experience and thousands of installations for the world’s leading OEMs and suppliers. PRAB continuously improves material handling, housekeeping and compliance to environmental rules and regulations within the automotive, aerospace, electronics, defense, and energy markets. For more information about PRAB visit

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