We are glad to relieve our customers of these unpopular cleaning tasks, which we approach in a highly professional manner”, confirms Peter Dawid, Service Coordinator at Oemeta Chemische Werke GmbH. The results are consistently impressive, as the service life of the cooling lubricants and tools is significantly extended every time the cooling lubricant system in single-filled machines or central facilities is cleaned. Similarly, the machine running times are increased as a result of more stable processes, and machining results can be determined with greater precision. “The resultant increases in productivity and savings definitely justify the use of a professional cleaning service provider”, says Dawid.
Less abrasion on the cutting edge
Oemeta’s professional cleaning process for cooling lubricant systems covers all areas where cooling lubricant is applied. In addition to the tooling area of the machine, this also includes elements such as filters and compensation tanks as well as chip conveyors. After the cooling lubricant has been extracted from the system, the tanks, pipe systems and conduits are flushed through with heated water (60-70 °C). A final cleaning brings the process to a close, before the system is filled with new cooling lubricant.
“Experience has shown that there are advantages to doing a thorough machine clean once a year”, recommends Dawid. Most companies schedule the cleaning during the summer holidays or at the end of the year. The value of this unpopular procedure can be seen in a range of aspects; for example, the service life of tools is extended as there are fewer abrasive particles in the cooling lubricant system. Dawid highlights some further benefits: “Our thorough cleaning postpones the need for additives in the cooling lubricant system, and operators come to use them at a much later point than if they had cleaned the system themselves”.
Coolant Management is the silver bullet
For anyone who would like to go a step further than the machine cleaning service, Oemeta also offers Coolant Management. The modular approach allows services to be selected and compiled to form a package. In addition to procuring and disposing of cooling lubricants, this package can include condition data collection using a barcode system, monitoring, documentation management, maintenance, laboratory testing and control measures. This enables Coolant Management to function as a support system featuring extensive data analysis, where deficiencies are detected, and processes are therefore stabilised and optimised. It becomes part of the continuous improvement process (CIP) and makes a lasting contribution to improving productivity.