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An expert metalworking fluid management system for SMEs

Objective



The industrial objective of the proposed RTD is to provide SME engineering companies with an expert management system that allows the control and maintenance of metalworking fluids, increasing their lifetime, reducing their ecological impact and assuring the correct cutting performance. It will be specifically designed for SMEs with diverse machining operations and stand alone machine tools, with separate and isolated fluid sumps. With a recent report suggesting that metalworking fluids and lubricants represent about 16% of manufacturing costs, and disposal charges increasing rapidly, long service life is becoming even more important. The clear indication is that there are real economic savings to be made by extending the working life of metalworking fluids, and that effective management of the fluids receives a low priority in the majority of companies, due to lack of awareness, knowledge and access to simple cost effective management tools. The proposed RTD aims to develop a low cost PC based system to assist SMEs achieve better metalworking fluid management and achieve cost savings. The system aims to at least double the typical lifetime of a metalworking fluid, thus creating a 50% reduction in direct purchase and disposal costs, and halving the environmental impact of fluid use. Further savings in indirect costs of fluid use (e.g. poor product quality, excessive tool wear caused by poor fluid condition) are also expected. The technology objectives relate to the development of: * An expert system that models the relationship between the chphysical condition of a fluid and its operational performances.system that incorporates novel features such a self learning facilities, and that gives full diagnosis of problem situations with details of corron. * Novel, low cost, fluid condition monitoring apparatus and int kits. These will be achieved by employing an approach that builds on the excellent work carried out by Tekniker and Pera in metalworking fluid technology, and drawing technology developed in other expert system fields to produce a system suitable for application in SMEs.

Funding Scheme

CRS - Cooperative research contracts

Coordinator

Mecanizaciones Aeronauticas SA
Address
26,Rérez Galdós
26509 Logroño - La Rioja
Spain

Participants (15)

Alfa Mecanizacion SL
Spain
Address
8,Paseo San Andres
20600 Eibar
Biodata Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
10,Stocks Street
M8 8QG Manchester
Echa Microbiology Lts.
United Kingdom
Address
Lewis Road
CF1 5EJ East Moors
Filber CB
Spain
Address
25,C/ Amillaga
20570 Bergara
Fundacion Tekniker
Spain
Address
20,Avenida De Otaola 20
20600 Eibar
Giza-Ola S. Coop. Ltda.
Spain
Address
5,Avenida Otaola
20600 Eibar
Grant Instruments Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address

CB2 5QZ Cambridge - Barrington
Houghton Europe BV
Netherlands
Address
2001,Strawinskylaan
1070 AP Amsterdam
Leopold Siegrist GmbH
Germany
Address
6,An Der Tagweide
76139 Karlsruhe
Massey Ferguson Manufacturing Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Banner Lane
CV4 9AF Coventry
Nueva Herramienta de Corte SA
Spain
Address
S/n,barrio Urguizuaran
48230 Elorrio
Production Engineering Research Association - PERA
United Kingdom
Address
Nottingham Road
LE13 0PB Melton Mowbray - Leicestershire
Productos Eaton Livia SA
Spain
Address

08170 Barcelona
Ridge Tool Co.
Ireland
Address
Bessborro Road
Cork
Wat Direcciones SA
Spain
Address

48269 Mallabia