To improve the toolmaker’s production processes, company founder Hugo Limmer wanted a grinding oil that reduced cycle times, grinding wheel dressing intervals, machine idle times and scrap while improving process security and worker health and safety. He contacted a business partner of Stuttgart, Germany-based Blaser Swisslube GmbH for a solution. Together, they examined the grinding processes, looked for ways to optimize operations and decided to test Blaser Swisslube’s Blasogrind GTC 7 grinding oil in one of the toolmaker’s grinders.
Challenge and solution
Tom Cappadona, product manager for gears, grinding and EDM at Blaser Swisslube Inc. in Goshen, New York, said the coolant manufacturer’s testing procedure involves performing a grinding operation with a Blaser Swisslube oil using the same parameters used for the competitor’s oil and then increasing the feed rate to reduce the cycle time when producing parts to the required level of quality, such as achieving the specified surface finish with no burns.
He said Blaser Swisslube’s Liquid Tool analyzer allows existing conditions and costs to be documented and enables a projection to be made of what the company believes that it can achieve, which it calls a value proposal.
“After the test is completed, we do what is called a value communication,” Cappadona said, “which verifies exactly what we were able to achieve, so the customer has one piece of paper showing the savings they can achieve.”
Limmer said the new oil needed to be virtually odorless, have low misting properties and deliver optimal human compatibility.
“At the same time,” he said, “we wanted to continuously improve productivity and quality to get the most out of the available resources and in this way add economic value.”
By switching to Blasogrind GTC 7 grinding oil, machine efficiency improved by 15%.
Cappadona said increasing throughput means that a manufacturer does not have to purchase additional machine tools and hire more workers to operate those machines as product demand increases.
“It clearly saves them money at the end of the day,” he said. “Time is the No. 1 thing we are after, and it always, always, always overcomes the cost of the oil. The oil may be more expensive, but you get the money back based on performance.”
Blasogrind GTC 7 reportedly contributes to a savings of nearly $80,000 per year at Werkzeugschleiferei Hugo Limmer.
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