The Many Ways Ford Benefits from MQL

Reproduciremos parte de un artículo de Derek Korn acerca de la implementación del sistema MQL en diferentes máquinas de la planta de Ford Van Dyke en USA.

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Clean machining using minimum quantity lubrication has allowed Ford’s Van Dyke transmission plant to become fundamentally more efficient and effective at manufacturing six-speed automatic transmissions.

 

Ford’s Van Dyke transmission plant implemented minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) for the same primary reasons other big manufacturers have done it. MQL lowers machining costs by eliminating not only the large volume of coolant used in conventional wet operations, but also all the ancillary equipment and electrical power necessary to maintain a big, central coolant system. MQL also creates a cleaner, safer manufacturing environment, which is beneficial to the health of both the equipment used on the shop floor and the employees who work there.

I suspect, though, that the Sterling Heights, Michigan plant initially didn’t realize how changing the way a cutting tool and workpiece are cooled and lubricated during machining would have such an impactful, trickle-down effect on its large-scale manufacturing process beyond the advantages just mentioned. Switching to MQL to machine three types of aluminum components for the company’s 6F line of front-wheel-drive transmissions has ultimately boosted the plant’s flexibility and efficiency, allowing it to more quickly adapt to today’s rapidly changing market demands for different types of vehicles. It also brought machining “out into the open” so it could be located closer to the transmission assembly area, minimizing wasteful part travel throughout the facility. Continuar leyendo “The Many Ways Ford Benefits from MQL”