Blaser Swisslube Launches Website for Shops Ramping Up After Shutdown
Blaser Swisslube has created a new webpage, blaser.com/restart, with resources for shops ramping up production after coronavirus shutdown. It includes a restart checklist for water-miscible coolants, video tutorials for proper machine cleaning and the guide, “Coolant Care – 7 Tips for Success.”
Machine shops that had machines sit idle during the shutdown will benefit from expert guidance on how to restart machines the proper way, the company says: “Even when machines are not running, chemistry and microbiology continue to be active in the sump. Without care and maintenance, even top-quality coolants can develop unpleasant odors, contribute to corrosion in the machine or leave a residue on finished parts.”
The resources on the restart website are intended to provide tips on how to check coolant before ramping up production. The tutorials provide step-by-step guidance on how to clean and refill CNC machines while avoiding contamination of the fresh emulsion.
An expensive lesson that many shops learn too late is that the automatic oil system on their CNC machine tool may not be completely automatic. Since the automatic oil system is designed to give a warning when the oil tank is empty, many machinists simply assume all is well if the alarm doesn't go off.
Precision Tool Technologies found capacity for diversification not by adding machines, people or space, but by freeing up time. Running unattended—running so it can machine through all 168 hours in the week—has enabled this shop to use hours when staff is present to deliver work that lands outside its established specialty. To achieve unattended machining, some of the biggest challenges have related to basic details such as chips and coolant.
This shop installed a series of improvements that eliminated spent coolant waste.