How to cut costs and increase productivity: An example from plastics processing

Investing in a high performance hydraulic fluid is one sure-fire way for plastics processors to reduce costs and boost productivity.

Plastics processors today have to deal with a number of challenges: spiralling energy costs, fierce competition, and increasingly stringent environmental legislation. As such, industry leaders achieving significant success are those who are able to save energy and cut costs while enhancing productivity.

One way to do is to invest in high performance hydraulic fluids. What might seem like a small change can make a valuable difference. A high performance hydraulic oil can go a long way in extending oil drain intervals and cutting energy consumption.

Take the example of MPact Polymers from South Africa, who was looking for ways to improve the efficiency of its plastics processing equipment. Working with ExxonMobil’s Field Engineering Services team, the company switched its 22 injection moulding machines and 13 blow moulding lines to the high performance Mobil DTE 10 Excel 46 hydraulic fluid, which afforded excellent shear stability and wide operating temperature range. It also used the Mobil Serv℠ Lubricant Analysis to help monitor and detect issues before they become problems, thus helping reduce unplanned maintenance.

With the switch, the South African plastics packaging manufacturer was able to:

  • Reduce hydraulic fluid consumption by 200 litres and cut waste oil disposal costs through the oil’s long in-service life
  • Extended oil drain intervals and reduced human-machine interaction by 27 hours over a year
  • Optimise equipment performance, reduced unscheduled maintenance
  • Reduce energy consumption at its Pinetown site by an average of 7%[1]

If you or your customer are a plastics processor looking to cut energy consumption, consider checking out the ‘Energy Saving Guide for Injection Moulding Companies’, developed by ExxonMobil in partnership with Applied Market Information (AMI), a leading research consultancy for the global plastics industry. This free guide can be downloaded here.

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[1] Based on the experience of a single customer. Actual results can vary depending upon the type of equipment used and its maintenance, operating conditions and environment, and any prior lubricant used

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