Voith puts coolants and fluid management from Rhenus Lub into action
With 19,000 employees, 4.2 billion euro in sales and offices in over 60 countries around the world, Voith is one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe. At its site in Crailsheim, Germany, the Voith Turbo department is developing drive components such as gearboxes and clutches, keeping millions of people, goods and machines moving reliably every day and ensuring that forces are transferred in controlled movements, even under extreme conditions. The coolants used also play an important role in enabling this technology leader with more than 150 years of experience to manufacture future-oriented products for its customers in the energy, mining and automotive industries.
Since 2017, Voith has relied on rhenus FU 800 coolant from Rhenus Lub, which combines the highest level of performance with the best possible health protection. Together with comprehensive fluid management from the lubricant experts and the innovative “FluidSafe” real-time coolant measurement system, rhenus FU 800 increases process stability and safety.
Process improvements thanks to rhenus FU 800
The decision to use rhenus FU 800 came after an intensive six-month test phase. Even during the first few weeks of the test, the high level of performance of the coolant from Rhenus Lub already impressed those responsible for production at Voith. Karl Augustin, Production Manager at Voith Turbo in Crailsheim, Germany, closely oversaw the test and conversion phases. After working at the company for 14 years in several roles relating to robot technology, machine procurement, construction and as a safety engineer, he has an in-depth understanding of the company’s specific production requirements. It quickly became clear to him that rhenus FU 800 was contributing to improvement: “With our new coolant, the process is running safely, and so far there have been no unplanned coolant changes”. This is a massive advantage for the company, which uses a large central plant measuring around 30 cubic metres for production. The plant is connected to the many production machines, so unplanned coolant changes would lead to enormous additional costs. “Of course, switching to a new coolant is not usually a simple task”, says Augustin, “but Rhenus Lub has made it easy thanks to its expertise and technical knowledge. Even in the start phase, there were several service personnel here on site, which allowed us to carry out the conversion without any downtimes in our production.”
In addition to a safe process, employee protection is of utmost importance for global companies, as Karl Augustin explains: “As a production manager, I have great responsibility toward my employees. rhenus FU 800 is an innovative product that meets our high requirements in terms of employee health and safety to an excellent degree. The new coolant does not contain boron or formaldehyde, which are potentially harmful to employees. It can therefore be used without restriction from a health protection point of view. The fact that rhenus FU 800 already goes above and beyond legal requirements means that it corresponds to what we expect from a future-oriented product”, says Augustin.