Excerpt from the article in the June 2005 issue of The Fabricator by Steven Rainwater
The activities, costs, and results of die lubrication do not neatly occupy related columns on a spreadsheet. When maintenance employees are deciding the best way to replenish fluid reservoirs, they usually do not review the previous quarter's shipping costs. When die designers select a tool steel, they usually do not focus on whether the fluid actuation is integrated with the press controls. When engineers determine a fluid viscosity, they seldom consider how many bundles of rags the press operators use each quarter. These seemingly unrelated categories and many others are related by die lubrication decisions.
Perhaps no other process in a stamping, forming, or fabricating facility reaches as broadly into the operation as die lubrication does. Yet, because it must be adapted to each manufactured part, lubrication sometimes is the last thing planned, and frequently it is approached haphazardly.Read More