Coolant management

The dynamic nature of water based coolants and lubricants creates many challenges for parts manufacturers.  There are many Performance Characteristics that need to be monitored and maintained in order to optimize performance and cost.  Poorly maintained fluid condition can be the root cause to any or all of these "symptoms".


·       Unexpected Quality events (i.e. rust, surface finish, staining, etc.)

·         Premature tool life failure 

·         Excess waste generation due to PM Frequency  

·         Incidence of Dermatitis or air borne Health and Safety Risk  

·         Excess product consumption due to poorly managed use 

Robust condition management comes down to knowing the KPI's that need to be monitored and maintained while taking timely and focused corrective action in order to balance performance and cost.  While some KPI's can change quickly, others slowly drift over time eventually crossing thresholds that lead to health, safety, environmental or performance risk.  Without a Robust condition based program, most companies resort to time based Preventative Maintenance Programs to try and stay ahead of the problems.  This leads to excess costs and hurts plant OEE and productivity.  



  • Only 1 or 2 KPI's are monitored and reacted to, giving insufficient information for a true condition based program
  • No way to manage calibration records of test instrumentation
  • Little control on actual testing and corrective action compliance
  • Responsibilities are spread across many people leading to waste and little accountability
  • Difficulty in collecting and reviewing data means true root cause can not be determined and sustainable Continuous improvement identified.


If you are looking to put your plant onto a path to a Coolant Condition Management Program do it with ESE!

Technical process management

·   Dynamic control plan established identifying cost/performance KPI's

·   Data and trend review to adjust limits, frequencies and add new KPI's as identified

·   True Root Cause trouble shooting using validated KPI Data

·   Regular Data Review to define CI Opportunities

·   Daily KPI testing compliance monitoring

·   Auto Generated Email Alerts to warn of any operational or H&S concern

·   Daily Corrective action review

·   Transparent program dashboards highlighting daily and overall program compliance 

·    Qualified and fully trained Onsite Technicians

·    Daily Review of assigned completion Metric

·    Daily Supervisory review 

·    Automated Work flow assignment based on dynamic control plans 

When its all working together using a sustainable process:

·   All units are managed within defined control plans

·   Control plans are reviewed and made dynamic in order to optimize the performance/cost ratio

·   Auto Alerts and daily Site Supervisor Review quickly addresses non compliance's and required Corrective Actions 

·    Detailed monthly reporting and KPI review ensures trends are caught early and CI opportunities are identified

We optimize and maintain your coolant process with ESE, ensuring that your time and resources can stay focused on optimizing the core aspects of your business that generate revenue and keep your plant competitive and world class.


Unique Dynamic Control Plans

  • All KPI's identified
  • Target, operating, outlyer and alert limits established for each KPI
  • Test frequency defined based on the dynamic nature of Performance Indicator
  • Record of all control plans and control plan changes maintained over time.

Placards give access to real time data on the floor

  • Communicating Control Plan settings
  • Health and Safety Risk sump side
  • Fluid Color Coding to reduce risk of wrong fluid
  • Instant Access to all data 

Monthly Performance Reporting

  • Overall metrics are reviewed in detail each month to identify trends and opportunities for process improvement and cost reduction
  • Compliance's are reviewing, and training opportunities defined to ensure high value focused execution is occurring

Case studies

Coolant Reduction Case Study
Identifying sources of variability that drive cost and impact performance is critical when the goal is to optimize a process and minimize waste and wasteful activity. This case study outlines how a facility's infra structure led to significant variability in coolant concentration being delivered to the floor. This made control at each machining center a challenge resulting in significant excess coolant consumption and waste.
CI-213-Make-up System Improvement.pdf
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