The first comment to the above statement is usually: “I’m not operating as much, so shouldn’t the refractory last as long, or longer, than when we we’re running full out?” The answer is usually no.
Like many of you, we have experienced up and down cycles. During these challenging times, it is appropriate to reflect on what has been most effective over the long term. A few ideas that we always come back to are a commitment to continuous improvement, process optimization, and lean principles overall.
During the past 40 years in the refractory industry, I have seen, and been part of the continuing effort to develop monolithic refractories as the go to product for most of the heat intensive industries. However, there are still applications where brick is a better choice.
This year, I have my whole leadership team focused on our succession plan. The company is growing and experiencing retirements all at once. Here are a few out of the box ways we have found to identify and train talent.
Welcome back to Onex’s blog series on our Blue Diamond Industrial Furnaces. If you have been keeping up with this blog, then you already know that Onex is recognized in the industry for a wide range of services, from refractory to combustion services to precast shapes.
When I was in the 2nd grade, my legs would hurt so bad from growing pains that my mom would have to rub them so I could fall asleep at night. Personal growth hurts whether it is physical or emotional pain. When you are learning something new, it is uncomfortable.