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A major Oilfield Services and Product manufacturer was seeking cost reduction and process improvement for a machining operation using 5/8” insert drills that are run 6 days out of the week. The customer drilled 100 pieces per day and tooling cost for one machine was calculated to be $5,200 per month. Ashburn Chemical Technologies was brought in to evaluate this process and give a recommendation.

Ashburn’s technical specialist suggested testing of APEX 8500 Semi-Synthetic Coolant in order to increase lubricity and tool life.

Test results showed that the cutting tool lasted 340% longer, and had to be replaced less often. In total, tooling costs were decreased from $5,200 to $1,508 per month.

 

Materials machined: 316 Stainless Steel

Measurement

Competitor

Apex 8500

Tool Life (Parts/Drill)

52

180

Monthly Cost

5,070

1,430

Yearly Cost

60,840

17,160

 

The change to APEX 8500 Semi-Synthetic coolant ultimately saved $44,304 in annual tooling costs for this operation.

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