When working in any technical field, you’re bound to come across a whole host of confusing abbreviations, some of which will even leave insiders a bit baffled. And yet many of these can relate to important factors that directly influence productivity and efficiency, such as MWF, which stands for "metalworking fluids". It certainly can't hurt to take a closer look at what lies behind the abbreviation - which is exactly what Castrol has done. "We at Castrol know that managing cooling lubricants involves numerous manual processes. These include sampling, testing, control measures and documentation, for instance, which isn't an efficient use of our customers' time and resources. That's why we've developed Castrol SmartControl - our automated solution for real-time condition monitoring. When using Castrol SmartControl, our customers can manage their cooling lubricants much more effectively and efficiently and limit the associated HSSE risks," explains Mathias Buschbeck, Global Industrial Strategy Implementation Leader at Castrol.
SmartControl is thus a smarter way to manage the condition of water-miscible metalworking fluids. For example, it frees employees up from having to carry out repetitive, time-consuming and hazardous tasks. It works by integrating XBB cooling lubricant technology from Castrol with advanced Industry 4.0 technology in the form of real-time condition monitoring. This makes it possible to optimize MWF management and minimize faults. SmartControl continuously measures the concentrations, pH values, conductivity, temperatures and volumetric flow rates of metalworking fluids. Any deviation from the specification sends an immediate warning to company and production IT systems. As SmartControl does not require manual sampling, no time is lost getting samples to a lab and therefore there are no delays due to late report shipping. What's more, it cleans and calibrates itself, thus ensuring continuous precision.