Fluid management in detail: sub-areas
Professional and comprehensive fluid management is becoming a task of increasing importance within companies. In addition to the reliable care and maintenance necessary for fluids and their associated systems, more sophisticated fluid management processes are characterised by ongoing process optimisation, during which previously hidden improvement potential is discovered and exploited. This requires comprehensive process expertise and an understanding all of the parameters involved in the production process.
Companies involved in production should always realistically identify the tasks that can be undertaken by their employees and the tasks that could be better handled by qualified partners.
Administration, service and maintenance
For their fluid processes to run smoothly, companies must ensure that numerous basic tasks are reliably executed. These include the key tasks of reliably filling and refilling production facilities with coolants, maintaining and changing fluids, cleaning machines and process media and properly disposing of coolants that are no longer useful. Likewise, a sufficient amount of resources must be available in addition to coolants, be they additives, cleaning media, slideway oil or hydraulic fluids. The coolants used are of particular relevance, since they are primarily responsible for the smooth operation of working processes. During these processes, a legal requirement for documentation is not the only reason for recording measurements. The coolant status should be continuously monitored so that companies can identify trends associated with the fluids and ensure performance.
This can be very time consuming and sometimes require specific expertise on the part of employees tasked with this responsibility. However, consistent and reliable operation is required in order for the fluid process to function smoothly. An external fluid manager can provide assistance if needed. It is their job to ensure that everything is consistent and reliable at all times. Production employees therefore do not have to shoulder responsibilities associated with fluid process and can give their full attention to their actual responsibilities within the production process.