From advanced machining to lean continuous improvement, the OPTIS blog provides the insights you need to think like the machine.

Aerospace, Composites and Machining Challenges

A new long read discussing the latest developments in materials for aerospace parts The aerospace industry often sets the standards other sectors to follow. There are numerous areas where aerospace has led the way, but so far, materials evolution has not been one of them. Aluminum has long been a core part of aerospace machining and manufacture. But things are beginning to change, with composites are becoming increasingly critical, providing structural strength at a lighter weight. As the aerospace industry relies more heavily on composites, rather than traditional metallics, I think this is a good time for some discussion on Read more…

Seeking Sustainability through Minimum Quantity Lubrication

Minimum Quantity Lubrication (MQL) holds the potential to improve manufacturing’s reputation as a ‘dirty’ industry, and move us closer to clean and sustainable future in which all stakeholders can thrive. When properly applied, MQL can improve surface finish and increase tool life. Moreover, negative environmental impacts such as carbon footprint, waste, water consumption can be greatly reduced while improving a manufacturing facility’s overall health and safety profile. Also known as micro-lubrication, micro-dosing, mist coolant, spray cooling or near-dry machining, MQL has been demonstrated to have great potential in machining a wide spectrum of materials. As manufacturers continuously seek to reduce Read more…

Why being precise saves you money

Rick Gambaccini, CEO of Castrol OPTIS looks at the benefits of adopting precision procurement. Our economy is in a state of flux and US manufacturing is under pressure. Pressure to do more with less, and to find new ways of achieving this. It sounds like an impossible task, but US manufacturing is not for the faint-hearted and there has always been, and always will be, new ways to add value and maintain the future of our sector. Precision procurement is one such solution. The focus here is on being more specific throughout the procurement function and moving from a ‘should Read more…