Help Maximize MWF Value
Help maximize the value of your Metal Working Fluid (MWF) by calling it a tool to reduce your production costs and developing a Housekeeping program to monitor it.
Value is truly in the eyes of the beholder. A quality mechanic values the tools they use to make them money. Mechanics that do preventive maintenance (housekeeping) on their tools tend to make more money for themselves and/or the company they work for. What quality mechanic wants to get a tool, while working on a job, just to learn it is not working right? The mechanic has to stop concentrating on the job at hand and either find different tool or fix the one they chose. When a mechanic does a little housekeeping on their tools they will be able to extend their tools life expectancy. A broken or poorly functioning tool turns an asset into a liability.
Metal Working Fluid Tool (MWFT)
MWFT needs to perform 2 or 3 basic tasks at the cutting surface of your machine tool:
- Lubrication – prevent heat
- Cooling – remove heat
- Removal of chips or other debris from the cutting surface
The real value of your MWFT is not just to complete the above 3 tasks, its to increase the efficiency of your machine tools and produce more products at a lower cost. To accomplish this you need to keep your MWFT within the manufactures recommended standards. This can be accomplished through simple housekeeping processes.
The primary value propositions of MWFT Housekeeping Program (MWFT-HP) is to extend your metal working fluids “QUALITY LIFE” and reduce the overall risk of loss to your production line. Just like checking/changing the oil in your vehicle, you need to do a few routine tests on the status of your MWFT. When your MWFT loses its ability to perform lubrication and/or cooling efficiently, your production costs will go up. Unfortunately, without the data from a housekeeping program, you may not know it until after the additional costs have been incurred. You may never know because it becomes normalized and the additional costs are just part of your overall production costs. Here are a few tell-tale signs that your MWFT may be having problems:
- Poor tool life
- More out of spec finished parts
- More rework required
- Health & safety issues – Dermatitis
- Odor from the MWF sump – Bacteria or mold growth
The Metal Working Fluid manufactures we have spoken with all agree that, with a formalized MWFT-HP, you can increase the quality life of your Metal Working Fluid and reduce, or eliminate, the risks of your Metal Working Fluid being a contributing factor to the above 5 listed issues.
Proper care of your MWFT translates to:
- Increase to the bottom line (less machining tools being replaced, less finished product rework, machine tool is more efficient & less out of spec parts)
- Customer receives product on time (No MWF tool created problems in production)
- Employees are more satisfied (less skin irritation, lower workers comp potential, lower employee absences due to skin irritation & no sump odor in the shop)
- MWFT lasting longer translates to lowering the over cost of MWF and less environmental impact
MWFT-HP will allow your company to develop synergies by associating a set of processes with your Metal Working fluid use. Hopefully we have demonstrated some potential cost saving goals for you to achieve by developing a MWFT-HP. We will dive deeper into these processes in future blogs.
In next week’s blog, we’ll visit about “How do you view MWF – Expense vs Investment”.
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