In order to be and remain competitive as a company, not only do the products have to be of the highest quality, but the costs must be perfectly co-ordinated with the production process.
What costs are incurred?
The most significant cost factor is the machine tool, which represents a significant investment in operations but which also determines production speed and quality. It is still considered a „productive cost“ in relation to the optimisation efforts. The same applies to the raw materials used.
„Unproductive costs“ include process materials and their disposal. Their savings potential however – for example due to optimised use of coolants – is substantial and an important criterion for ensuring competitiveness. This means that we calculate unit costs with a proportion of the costs for coolants of up to 15% (per treatment).
In addition, further distinguishing between direct and indirect costs is also helpful. When coolants are being used, the direct costs of using coolants and the volume to be disposed of can easily be recognised.
The situation is different for indirect costs, which are more difficult to determine and are incurred, for example, when a machine operator is absent for a certain period due to skin problems.
Optimising the process costs must be the aim
Three very important factors that are closely connected with the production process are the machine tools, the tools and the coolants: all three must be compatible. If they are not compatible, interference and unnecessary follow-up costs are inevitable.
Once all cost factors that can be influenced by the coolants in the machining process have been identified, these become known as process costs. Optimising these process costs must be the goal of every company.