Every metalworking facility wants to reduce or control its industrial fluid purity levels and expenses. But, every metalworking facility also has production objectives to meet, staff limitations, product quality standards to achieve, product changes to manage, etc., etc..
So if you find yourself with some “spare time” to get rolling on an initiative to manage your industrial fluid use, try to focus that time on making sure the basics are covered. Once the basics are in place, you’ll have the insight and measurements you need to turn your fluids into the tool that helps you overcome your next operational challenge.
What are the basics?
It all starts with assigning a leader to own your industrial fluid control program. Once that leader is in place, you will want to:
- Outline a maintenance schedule that meets your [product, cost, and waste minimization] needs
- Define a process to drain, clean, and recharge your system(s)
- Create a schedule to measure and adjust the concentration levels
- Install the technologies and/or media needed to keep your fluids free from particulates
- Ensure fluids are sufficiently aerated when idle
- Confirm that your trenches and tanks are flushing often enough and that each flush is complete
- Make sure all oil leaks have been fixed
- See that all tramp oil is being removed at proper intervals
- Produce a top-off schedule to control microbial growth
- Build reports to benchmark and monitor your current program as well as measure the results of future improvements.
Like any project inside an ongoing operation, implementing a strong basic program will take some time and require leadership attention. But the benefits will be great and you’ll find that you’re prepared with new approaches to solve your next operational challenge once it’s in place. So don’t hesitate to push the project into view… And don’t hesitate to contact Valicor for help explaining the benefits.