Material Considerations for Cutting Costs and Increasing Efficiency with Cryogenic MachiningFebruary 16, 2017
Good materials are the foundation of good products. They’re also the foundation of long-lasting machine tools. Suitable materials – from base materials to tooling and consumables – reduce material costs, decrease processing times, create cleaner workpieces, and ensure higher-quality products.
All this directly affects your bottom line. Here’s how:
Material Hazards and Workplace Safety
Efficiency experts agree that a safe workplace is a more efficient workplace, so limiting workplace injuries is a priority for most manufacturers. Improvement has been steady but slow – in 2014/2015, there were still more than 70,000 self-reported non-fatal workplace injuries in the manufacturing sector and 21% of those injuries included slips, trips and falls.
Traditional manufacturing coolants are common cause of slip and falls. When using traditional coolants, chips and workpieces can become wet and hazardous which create two problems:
- Slip and fall injuries
- Employees being forced to take additional precautions and time to ensure their safety
In both cases, time is taken away from the efficient running of your plant floor.
But there is good news: there are other options available, such as 5ME’s cryogenic machining technology.
The nitrogen used for cryogenic machining – a safe, inert, breathable, non-greenhouse gas – evaporates during the machining process so workplaces and workpieces remain dry and safe. Cryogenic systems also eliminate the costly coolant management systems and disposal management infrastructures required for flood coolants. All this while increasing processing speed and tool life.
Sound machining material choices prevent defective workpieces and improve the performance of the final products (strength, weight, and endurance).
For example, Titanium, and other commonly used hard-to-machine materials offer strength to weight ratios far beyond conventional materials. New technologies, such as cryogenic machining, make the efficient use of these typically hard-to-machine materials possible.
In fact, 5ME’s cryogenic machining technology has even reduced titanium machining costs for the aerospace sector. Lockheed Martin, for example, has projected a 30% reduction in cost for F-35 titanium structural components as a result of implementing 5ME’s cryogenic machining system into their operations.
Material consideration is crucial when reviewing your plant floor for bottlenecks and inefficiencies. Interested in learning more about how 5ME’s cryogenic machining technology can help you save your company time, energy, and money?