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

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…

Mastering Multi-axis Machining

Despite complexities in its set up, the benefits of well-implemented multi-axis machining far outweigh any pitfalls along the route. For many manufacturers looking to harness the benefits of automation, multi-axis machining can provide a sensible, efficient step in that journey: a proven technology that can reduce human error and improve tolerances through increased automation, simplifying operations and improving product quality.  Multi-axis machining offers the opportunity to condense multiple machine operations into one, save total production time and production cost, and improve performance on tolerances. The reduced set up time that comes with a multi-axis machine decreases burden rate on mechanics Read more…