High Tech Hits the Plant Floor as Chemical Methods, Inc. Uses the Web to Remotely Control Tunnel Washers

In a competitive global marketplace, manufacturers are challenging their suppliers to decrease costs but not make any changes that can adversely impact product quality. Chemical Methods, Inc. uses a unique program that marries electronic probes and Internet monitoring to respond to this challenge. The program is called Embedded Sensors (sm) and MyWasher.net© and it is designed to increase product quality, decrease operating costs and increase profits.

(PRWEB) June 1, 2005 -- Chemical Methods’ laboratories custom develop specialty chemicals that are used to carefully clean and treat metal surfaces prior to a protective coating such as painting or galvanizing.

“Our customers make products out of metal. They compete in tough markets including steel, aluminum, automotive, appliance, railroad, aerospace, oil services, and metal furniture. They came to us looking for a way to use less cleaning and pretreating chemicals but not decrease product quality. We had to find a way to help customers work smarter – keep processes in tighter control – so they don’t use too much or too little chemical” said Dan Richards President & CEO of Chemical Methods.

Using too much chemical wastes money. Using too little chemical causes poor quality, rework and expensive warranty claims. The Chemical Methods’ Embedded Sensors and MyWasher.net program enables remote monitoring of critical process parameters by customer staff and by Chemical Methods' personnel.

“From any PC linked to the Internet, we can monitor conductivity, temperature and pH at each stage of a washer line. If parameters move outside of control ranges automatic alarms are sent out by e-mail, cell phone text message, or pager. This is a 24 x 7 monitoring program and corrective actions are taken immediately. The MyWasher Internet customer portal becomes a quality control tool plus a cost reduction tool. Over time we can reduce costs by 15% to 30% compared to a line that does not use this monitoring technology” said Tom Fabek VP Sales & Marketing.

“Chemical Methods has done a fantastic job with their Internet Customer Portal. It is easy to access and provides valuable information. MyWasher.net is a great tool that helps us better manage our Proceco Washers” according to J.C. Kelly, Director of Maintenance – CSX.

About Chemical Methods, Inc.
Now in its 35th year, Chemical Methods is a leader in developing and marketing innovative surface treatment chemicals, metalworking fluids and corrosion inhibitors. The company is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. More information about the company and its capabilities is available at our web site www.chemicalmethods.com or call 1-216-476-8400.

Contact: Tom Fabek, VP Sales & Marketing, Chemical Methods,Inc. 1-216-476-8400 x.218

Source: Chemical Methods, Inc.
Web Site: http://www.chemicalmethods.com

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