Practical tips to optimize copper stock, reduce copper drop, and win time during projects…
Don’t hesitate to share your own ideas about copper or busbar optimization as comments.
With today high copper price, it’s worth sharing ideas!
• To have in stock not too long busbar: for example if the need is for 2 meters, do not order 3 meters long.
• To reuse the copper drops to make short connections, in particular some copper connections which are regularly used. It also means you can prepare them in advance to anticipate future needs: it will help reduce the manufacturing time and optimize the work load of the copper working station.
• Another solution is to use subcontractors and to order to them only the required copper lengths, thus no need to manage the copper drops. I use this idea for “standard” bars with high quantity.
• Whenever possible, I also try to standardize some connections, for example if the same bar can be used for top and bottom connections, provided that I add all required holes for both needs.
• Another important rule to keep in mind to avoid wasting is to have a good copper bar storage area, well organized by type of bar, clean and protected from dust and humidity, see photo example. You can send me your own good practices in photos also, I’ll share them !!