How Profitable Mills Combat the Big Three


Downtime. Risk. Labor. That’s it. That’s the Big Three.

And no matter how efficiently your mill is operating across the board – failure to consistently defeat the Big Three directly impacts your customer relationships and can deliver a crushing blow to your bottom line.

Let’s start with downtime. Did you know that over the last three years, 82% of manufacturing facilities have experienced unplanned downtime? Not surprising, right? You’re running caustics, acids, mill water, steam and more through your lines. Downtime is inevitable. Here’s the kicker – the average cost was $260,000 an hour. Which means the difference between you and your competition comes down to how quickly you can get your mill up and running.

Today, the most competitive mills across the country have adopted Viega pipe press systems to minimize downtime and get your facility back into production in seconds, not hours. Viega ProPress® and MegaPress® systems are approved for more than 2,500 standard and nonstandard applications. And, that number keeps going up. These systems feature a variety of different fittings, material types and sealing elements ranging from ½” all the way up to 4″. Think about the time, tools and consumables it takes to roll groove, thread or weld pipe. Viega press systems require significantly less pipe prep and are securely connected in seconds.

And these connections are made without a flame. Which means less out-of-pocket costs on fire watch and a safer workplace environment for your buildings and workers. Your facility risk manager is going to love that.

The last of the Big Three is labor. Labor is one of the biggest challenges our entire country is facing. It’s no different for pulp and paper mills. It’s another reason to choose Viega press systems over traditional methods. Press technology is easy to learn and Viega offers a number of different ways to train your staff, including state-of-the-art training facilities in Broomfield, Colorado, and Nashua, New Hampshire, where our experts can walk you through all of the ins and outs of our systems. Customizable, virtual credential trainings are also available with staff across the country so your entire facility can get up to speed at once.

The bottom line is the Big Three are scary – but they don’t have to be. There are hundreds of applications available to help you reduce downtime, mitigate unnecessary risk and scale your crew with ease.