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Minutes Count II

Following last weeks comments I want to focus on the old saying, “Time is Money”.  Each minute spent screening materials needs to be multiplied by three(3). This is why.  The screening plant uses one(1), the loader uses one(1) and the operator uses one(1).

If the screening plant costs $25 per hour, the loader costs $50 per hour and the operator costs $20 per hour, the total is $95 per hour. If the screening plant is capable of producing 50 cubic yards of screened material at 100% operating efficiency,  the screening cost per yard is (95/50) $1.90.

If we use last weeks blog example of 1/3 of the time spent screening product, that equals 16.66 cubic yards per hour of screened material at a cost of (95/16.66) or $5.74per yard.

I expect and trust that each and every one of my readers is able to schedule and operate their projects at profitable levels. Each of you, however, are competitors in this very tight market and a slight efficiency edge may make the difference between landing a job or missing the opportunity.

I also realize achieving 100% operating efficiency is next to impossible. I do believe though, that Orbital Action Screening will allow you to improve your efficiency levels and lower your select material costs for your jobs.  See the Screening Secret.

Another cost of operating, not included above, is the hourly cost of operating your company. It usually is called “overhead” and each company will have a different amount of hourly overhead. A portion of this amount will need to be added to your hourly screening operation costs.

Happy screening,

Brad Schnittjer
Blog # 22



I will continue my comments about the many advantages of Orbital Action Screening in my next Blog. Meanwhile, look over our Videos and Job Stories to learn more about Orbital Action Screening. Our products, with their user friendly features and high performance levels could take you into a new season with a much higher profit potential.

Send us your requirements by filling out and submitting the Intended Use Form and you will soon have full details and a quote for the correct model and available options to fulfill your job application needs

“The Finer Cut”, is Brad’s Blog. Each issue will cover a topic of interest about our machines, our industry, our customers and more. I am excited about the opportunity to use a Blog to broaden our communications with our customers and industry. I invite you to return and visit from time to time, cruising through previous issues to learn many details regarding our products.

I also invite you, our reader to contribute by offering your comments. Please send your thoughts to, by letter or fax, 563-922 9060.

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