DO YOU FIND PATCO RATES ARE HIGH? BUT WHY?
"PATCO" USES VIRGIN MATERIAL OF CORRECT GRADE & DOES
NOT USE RECYCLED or REPROCESSED RUBBERS AS MANYCOMPETITORS DO & QUOTE LOWER RATES.
a) For example Natural Rubber RMA-I costs Rs. 100/- per Kg. whereas recycled RMA-I
costs Rs. 33.90 perKg.
b) EPDM has range of about 100 grades & rate/cost varies between Rs. 110/-kg. to
Rs. 200/- Kg. Where as recycled EPDM is general purpose quality with flat rate
of Rs. 56.60 per Kg. Above examples are only representative. However this is the
case of all rubber inputs. EPDM costing Rs. 200/-per Kg. can withstand steam
temperature in the rang of 150°C to 180°C only if costly curing system is used
and functionally perfect but that is not the case of recycled EPDM which is mix
of all grades though in analysis it may prove to be EPDM This is so since
automotive body/glass/wind-shield grade of EPDM withstand only 100 C
temperatures and give way to live steam in process equipments like calendria,
evaporators etc. Here cane juice may get carbonised resulting in heavy losses.
"PATCO" does not compromise in quality and uses only virgin rubbers or
appropriate grade. Rubber is material of construction based on its quality and
end use and only knowledgeable party like 'PATCO stands alone on this count.
c) Thirdly nowadays during,
cleaning of evaporators live steam is used to
'speedup1 routine cleaning. This damages rubber parts which actually function
under vacuum boiling where temperatures are never above 100°C
Use of live steam
during cleaning damage the rubber parts.
d) Nowadays many sugar plants have changed over to hydraulic closing of Pan
Discharge Door where the system is not calibrated with torque indicator to use
optimum pressure. This results can shearing/cutting of rubber-seat. Same is
applicable to juice Heater Top & Bottom Doors where spanners/rachets used are not
calibrated to maintain optimum torque. This is a bit of information which
indicates how "PATCO" takes due care of customers and that is the reason
Customer Related Management (C. R M.) attends problems faced by Sugar Plants to
reduce down-time and increase productivity.