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Save Money and Reduce the Risk Of Contamination From Ferrous Hand Tools Used On Sterile Processing Equipment
|It adds up to big numbers: the cost of each discarded, unusable carbon steel tool multiplied by the frequency of replacements, factored with the number of production facilities in your company worldwide. Replacing with stainless steel tools can save your company millions of dollars in a short period of time|
(cost per tool) x (frequency of replacement) x (number of production facilities worldwide).
This frequent replacement of tools has certainly led more than few forward-thinking equipment operators and maintainers to wonder as they discarded yet another $15 adjustable wrench, at what other point in the manufacturing of FDA regulated products would you use the same equipment that your auto mechanic would use to fix your car?
The cost savings is easily realized by a few simple substitutions in the equation above, using the $15 adjustable wrench as an example. Let's assume that an average chrome plated wrench is put through an autoclave cycle once per day, five days per week, and that it withstands twenty such cycles before showing deterioration. Even with this generous assumption of quality, it is easy to see that the useful life of the wrench will be approximately one month, and by the end of one year the total replacement cost of that one wrench will have been approximately $180.00. In contrast, with a stainless steel wrench designed for autoclaving which costs approximately $125.00, you will will realize your return on investment in the first nine months. The wrench will not have to be discarded, further maximizing your return for years to come. When you consider these simple numbers with an eye on the larger picture, the cost savings expand exponentially. Factoring in the average quantity of tools used over time and the number of manufacturing facilities in a typical organization, the numbers quickly swell to impressive proportions.
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