Expanite License Solutions (ELS)
– Everything is a bit smoother, resulting in big savings financially and environmentally!
The ability to offer license installations was there since day one in the life of Expanite – breaking the dependency of having to ship components across the Atlantic for a specific hardening process was a requirement of Expanite's first major license customer in the US.
Today the ELS “package” spans over equipment, processes, software and onsite training. Equipment is typically bought directly at a furnace manufacturer, where Expanite recommends Seco Warwick (https://www.secowarwick.com), while process knowledge, software and training is provided directly by Expanite.
Within the umbrella of ELS, Expanite offers two different paths depending on your business and business model.
Get a captive solution, and gain control!
If you are a manufacturing company where surface hardening and/or heat treatment is needed on your components, whether sourced or in-house manufactured, it could make sense to install furnaces in your production line or at your primary supplier. This is referred to as captive heat treatment.
The justification for becoming a captive might be many:
- It can be driven by share volume and thereby cost savings. Costs can be saved through the value chain, including shipping, work-in-progress, QC, etc. – and with a significant gain in your sustainability accounts
- Your industry might have special requirements as are seen within e.g. aerospace, medical device or automotive. By moving the hardening process in-house, you will move the process within your current quality scope and thereby de-risk your setup
- Or strategic considerations, where an inhouse process could give your business competitive advantages.
Become a franchisee and gain a new business opportunity!
If you’re considerable supplier of components that includes surface hardening and today ship these outside your factory, you might want to consider installing furnaces and get a license to process components inhouse, and eventually market Expanite to your customers. Promoting surface hardening along your manufacturing capabilities might give you a competitive edge and new business opportunities. The franchise option might even be relevant if you’re a commercial heat treater in a market where Expanite isn’t already active.