Industrial Fluids are engineered to perform specific functions, and not all are created equal! Their condition can be very dynamic in nature and can start to degrade as soon as they are introduced to the manufacturing process.
Monitor & Adjust
As their condition changes, so does their potential impact on the process as well as the individuals that work with them. Condition monitoring of the key performance characteristics, and making adjustments to minimize fluid condition variability is essential to reducing impact on the plants Overall Business Effectiveness (OBEf).
Too much, too little, either end of the spectrum is bad for these dynamic and ever changing fluids. Carry-out, evaporation, contaminant ingress, etc. all contribute to the moving target that is Metalworking fluid management. Water based fluids add the extra dimension of biological control, which present a serious and significant Health & Safety risk if left unmanaged. By monitoring the performance characteristics necessary, it’s possible to make the regular adjustments required to balance cost, performance and risk.
Alkaline Wash Waters
Time, temperature and concentration is the mantra to consistent and repeatable cleaning performance. Add carry out, contamination management and product selection to the mix and now you have a process optimization opportunity. Wash water management is an essential component to any company that requires consistent cleaning performance, where rust can cost time, resources, money and most importantly customers. The downstream impact of poor cleaning performance is significant. Reduce variability, debottleneck your plant, ship your parts with confidence.
Hydraulic & Gear Oils
75% of all hydraulic system failures can be traced back to poor fluid condition due to contamination. All preventable through a condition monitoring program. Properly applied and managed fluid maintenance and recycling services extends oil life, reduces the need for invasive oil changes, and reduces waste oil generation. If you plant relies on maintenance fluids, managing their condition can provide the predictive and preventative opportunity to significantly increase process uptime and availability.
Cost, compliance, managing the risk. The most effective waste management strategy is not to generate the waste to begin with. Effective upstream resource management through condition management and recycling reduces volume and saves resources. Once waste is generated however it needs to be cost effectively disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner. Combining on-site treatment with managing third party waste haulers through competitive bidding and compliance audits, waste does not have to cost you what you are paying today.
What’s that smell? Poorly managed and maintained Leachate. Where most fluids silently degrade and cause process issues often left unnoticed until an event occurs, leachates present a daily challenge. When they stray outside of their control limits, it’s no secret. Dynamic limits that change based on the season, time of year, humidity, temperature, wind, etc., make Leachate management a challenging but very important responsibility.