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IMPROTANCE OF LUBRICATION IN MANUFACTURING SECTOR Success Story: Quality partnerships for superior manufacturing

Dec 23, 2021

Microtech CNC Pvt. Ltd. is a manufacturer that caters to a diverse range of global industries and it runs on 48 CNC, turning and milling centres lubricated with a market-general soluble cutting fluid. However, as the company began experiencing operational troubles that tampered with the final component produced, it turned to MobilTM Lubricants for help. The case study explains how MobilcutTM 250 helped Microtech CNC bring consistency in productivity, improve profitability and ensure excellence in service delivery and upkeep.

India’s manufacturing sector will play a driving role in the country’s journey towards achieving self-reliance and becoming an economic powerhouse. The manufacturing sector currently contributes ~17% to India’s GDP, as per estimates by National Statistical Office (NSO), and also displays a strong multiplier effect on other allied sectors. Now, as India paces its growth targets, businesses in the sector are more conscious of reducing unwanted losses and unnecessary downtime to make way for greater productivity & profitability. For this, investing in cutting-edge technology, opting for superior lubrication solutions and ensuring regular maintenance and servicing are key.

With 150 years of experience in formulating lubrication solutions, Mobil™ Lubricants has been spearheading innovation for the manufacturing sector. Mobil associates closely with businesses in the sector through product recommendations & service support and helps them improve equipment performance and, thereby, productivity & profitability. Mobil’s association with Microtech CNC Pvt. Ltd. is one such instance of active industry partnership.

Association with Microtech CNC

Microtech CNC Pvt. Ltd. is a manufacturer that caters to a diverse range of global industries, including automotive, industrial, aerospace, defence, manufacturing, commercial engineering, etc. It partners with industry leading multinational manufacturing companies and is a trusted supplier of global OEMs. The company runs on 48 CNC, turning and milling centres and is lubricated with a market-general soluble cutting fluid. However, the company began encountering operational troubles that tampered with the final component produced.

The end-product comprised black stains on its surface that remained even after thorough washing. To correct this anomaly and ensure consistency in production, Microtech CNC approached Mobil for advice. After conducting detailed studies and understanding the requirements, consumption patterns and metallurgy of the material machined, engineers at Mobil recommended the company to begin using MobilcutTM 250 – a high performance, versatile, semi-synthetic, water soluble metalworking fluid. This product can be used on aluminium alloys, steel alloys and other metals for tuning, drilling, milling, tapping, reaming and grinding operations.

Results

With the use of Mobilcut 250, Microtech CNC was able to bring consistency in its output and significantly improve profitability of its business. The company reported net savings of ₹840,000 per annum with oil cost reduction of 15% and tool cost reduction of 7%. Simultaneously, it reported a reduction in top-up by 9.5% and increase in sump life by three months. The final product now also displayed improved surface finish without unnecessary stains.

Along with recommending the product, Mobil’s association with Microtech CNC extended to service delivery and upkeep. The MobilTM Solcare Service interface assisted in regular coolant monitoring, along with digital data analytics and sharing. Simultaneously, Mobil provided frequent tramp oil removal services and assistance on top-up. This combination of superior product and quality service has ensured restoration of production and helped Mobil earn customer goodwill.

Innovation at Mobil

Mobil has been an industry forerunner with a wide range of solutions specifically designed for the manufacturing sector. Its metalworking fluids have been formulated with high levels of lubricity additives designed for machining a wide range of metals. These biostable fluids are particularly suitable for aluminium alloys used in the automotive industry.

The Mobilcut 250 is a part of the MobilcutTM Series – Mobil’s premium line of high performance water-miscible metal removal cutting oils. Formulated with leading edge base oils, additives and emulsifiers, these products assure performance in a wide array of metal removal processes. The Mobilcut 250 is a high-performance versatile semi-synthetic water-soluble metalworking fluid. It is designed for a broad range of metals in cutting and grinding operations. The unique additive package of this product makes it a first choice for precision machining and consistent high-quality manufacturing. It can be used on aluminium alloys, steel alloys and other metals for grinding, turning, drilling, milling, tapping and reaming operations.

Along with its product solutions, Mobil’s service expertise too has earned global recognition. The Mobil Solcare Service application has been a breakthrough in providing digital services that assure immediacy, accuracy and reliability of information. The app allows users to receive data as soon as it is recorded, use digital signatures for validation and ensure perfection with inapp feedback & performance ratings. It also cuts down heavily on paper-based charts by bringing in fully digitised reports. With this, customers can analyse data with ease and use insights to identify areas demanding proactive maintenance.

With manufacturing activity picking pace, businesses are keen to balance equipment and lubrication choice with superior servicing through digital tools. For this, associating with leading solutions providers can play a determining role in assuring profitability for manufacturing businesses.

ExxonMobil Lubricants Pvt. Ltd.

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