The Economic Advantages of EPS Pickling

EPS processing shows how ‘being green’ can be good for the bottom line. With no hazardous acids, the EPS process has no special permitting, storage or disposal costs. But the real cost advantage comes from a lower variable cost of operation.

Projected EPS variable costs of operation are approximately 20% lower than acid pickling.  When it comes to pickling higher carbon and alloy grades or AHSS and electrical steels, the EPS cost advantage gets magnified because EPS can run these grades faster and descale them more reliably than acid.

And what about the cost of getting into the EPS processing business ?

  • EPS equipment cost is comparable to acid pickling
  • EPS line installation cost is comparable to acid pickling
  • EPS line ‘footprint’ is 60% of acid pickling

The Opportunity of EPS

Investing in an EPS pickling line is a direct way to grow business by offering a new, valuable processing service to your customers.  But it also presents an indirect way to grow your business.

Customers shipping coils to you for EPS pickling often require subsequent downstream processing of those coils, like slitting and cut-to-length. If you offer those additional processes, your customers avoid the cost and time of shipping those coils elsewhere . . . and those parts of your business grow.


The EPS Operations Cost Calculator

Interested in EPS processing for your business? You’ll want to explore the EPS Operations Cost Calculator. This easy-to-use interactive tool models different scenarios of EPS Coil Line operation. You simply input your chosen material parameters ( steel grade, coil size, thickness, etc.) and costs for labor and electricity. The Calculator outputs EPS line throughput, variable costs and even profit, based on processing pricing that you choose. You can change your selections to perform ‘What if’ analyses.

The EPS Operations Cost Calculator has been calibrated against the actual operating results of TMW’s EPS Coil Line, so you can use it with confidence.

EPS Cost Calculator

How EPS Is A Catalyst For Growth

For most service centers acid pickling is outsourced, which adds both processing cost and freight cost. Bringing pickling in-house by operating an EPS line eliminates these costs:

  • The extra freight to/from the acid pickler is eliminated.
  • Inventory can be consolidated, since EPS replaces both acid pickled and hot roll black. That reduces carrying costs.

Above all, EPS processing can be a catalyst for growing your business. Not only will you offer a valuable new service, with EPS you supply a new product that is superior in appearance and performance to the acid pickled product it replaces. In addition, the added volume from EPS sales can also generate more volume for other processing lines like slitting and cut-to-length.

EPS Avoids Acid Pickling's Setup Costs

Acid pickling has high ‘setup costs’ as the acid needs to be heated before startup. That means the line may need to run as high as 85% capacity just to reach break even. EPS’ setup cost is virtually zero so there’s no comparable capacity penalty.