The Cost of Quality

Posted by Lube-Tech on Jul 23, 2019 2:53:24 PM

How Deep Should Our Focus Be On Lean?

In manufacturing, every penny counts, whether those pennies stack up as time, resources or people – it all adds up. Those focused on maximizing production and profit at times see quality control stops in their process as added cost. But without quality assurance, the entire process efficiency could be lost. Even in Lean manufacturing quality assurance should be seen as a necessity, one that can be balanced based on risk.

Understanding GF-6 Oil Specs

Posted by Lube-Tech on Jul 23, 2019 11:42:49 AM

With a fuel efficiency standard of 54.5 mpg set for 2025, passenger cars and light truck manufacturers are working to gain every advantage possible in pursuit of fuel efficiency while maintaining engine protection and performance.

One way the auto industry is doing this is with ever-thinner engine oils, namely the ILSAC (International Lubricants Standardization and Approval Committee)-spec GF-6. First license for this engine oil is currently May 1, 2020.

Tool Life: Using Proper Fluid Is Key

Posted by Lube-Tech on Jun 19, 2019 8:28:38 AM

Nothing can be more frustrating to a machinist than premature tool wear. This not only costs money in tooling, it results in longer job times and often higher scrap. It’s easy to blame the tool, but is it really the tool’s fault? Many times it’s not.

“Most times, when part quality is in question, there is really some underlying issue with a machining fluid that can be determined through lab analysis,” says Lube-Tech Industrial Manager Luke Bame. “The solution can be as simple as improved filtration, concentration maintenance, contamination reduction, or in some cases the job may require a different or custom fluid.”

Keep Your Lubricants Ready For Use: Fluid Storage Best Practices

Posted by Lube-Tech on Jun 19, 2019 8:23:33 AM

In the world of lubricants, inventory costs are a universal concern in an industry that has forced many companies to go lean. Protecting inventory is critical and proper storage of lubricants will insure quality and prevent waste. Following lubricant storage best practices will help increase efficiency in your operation.

 

Living The Purpose: "Making Tomorrow a Little Bit Better Than Today"

Posted by Lube-Tech on Jun 11, 2019 8:23:25 PM

Lube-Tech named recipient of the 2019 Star Tribune Top Workplace Award!

Living the purpose of "Making tomorrow a little bit better than today" pays off not only for our customers and our communities, but for our employees as well.  Today, we are thrilled to announce that Lube-Tech has been recognized as a recipient of the 2019 Star Tribune Top Workplace award.  Hundreds of small, medium and large companies compete for a spot on this prestigious list every year, and it is an honor to be placed in a category that counts Lube-Tech as a Top Workplace.

5 Ways Fluids Can Make Your Shop More Sustainable

Posted by Lube-Tech on May 14, 2019 8:55:58 AM

Sustainability and the environment often go hand-in-hand. However, while the environment is a huge part of sustainability, other factors such as efficiency, waste and production are also key metrics that factor into sustainability. Fluids and fluid performance play a key role in all of these factors, and fluid choice is critical to making your shop more sustainable.

Marine Gear Lube vs. Automotive Gear Lube

Posted by Lube-Tech on May 1, 2019 11:37:04 AM

Boating season is almost upon us, so it's time to get your vessel ready for the water. While it's ideal to change lower unit fluids in the fall, many people choose to do it in the spring. That's okay, as long as you change it, and as long as you use the proper gear lube.

VIDEO: Lube-Tech Philanthropic Efforts

Posted by Lube-Tech on Apr 12, 2019 10:08:29 AM

King of the Road Segment - Lube-Tech Philanthropy

Featuring Lube-Tech's Chris Bame and Amy Jo Van Culin

 

Lube Tech King of the Road Segment Philanthropic Efforts
 

Avoiding Dermatitis In Your Shop

Posted by Lube-Tech on Apr 4, 2019 12:53:49 PM

Above all else, the health and safety of your workers is the most important priority in the shop. In metalworking, microparticles can cause dermatitis, causing irritation and rash. Metalworking fluids are typically about 93% water and 7% oil, neither of which will bother your skin. It's the metallic particles, along with the bacteria and fungus that live on those particles, that result from the machining action that can get into your skin and cause problems.

Life Safety, Litigation and Tire Repair

Posted by Mighty Auto Parts on Apr 1, 2019 2:33:36 PM

Sometimes in sales you need to politely say, "I'm sorry, we can't do that." Ouch, that hurts just writing it. Saying no can be hard when you pride yourself as a problem solver. I think that's one of the reasons I love working with technicians. They don't like to say no and in fact, dedicate their careers to fixing broken things and making people happy. So, what might cause an automotive professional to respectfully decline? Answer: when the fix could lead to a serious safety issue and may put the technician and the shop in front of a judge.