Some people ask me why things cost so much. And the easy answer is that you can always buy cheaper products but typically you find they don't last as long. Well-built stuff just costs more but adds value in the long run. One example is in heat treating that modifies metal properties to withstand tough operating conditions. It adds cost to the materials by heat treating, but the end result extends the life of the product.
To quote Terry Brown of Bluewater Thermal Solutions (from his speech as incoming president of the Heat Treating Society at last year's ASM HTS Meeting):
"We have to use heat treating as a way of reducing the manufacturing costs to the customer. That doesn't mean that you just reduce the price of heat treating (which is very difficult to continue to do). We MUST find ways to provide value."Metallurgical High Vacuum Corp., 6708 124th Avenue, Fennville, MI 49408, United States