Golden Valley, MN – May 18, 2020 — Lube-Tech, a locally-owned company with roots going back to 1925, reports its new 111,725 square foot facility in Milwaukee is now open at 6600 North Industrial Road. Lube-Tech provides advanced energy, fluid technology, lubricants and services that help simplify operations, solve challenges, and accelerate performance for customers within the automotive, fleet, and manufacturing industries as well as well as some of the world’s largest OEMs. The industry-leading facility begins operations on May 18, 2020.
According to the EPA, 2 billion oil bottles are thrown away each year. That is 260 million pounds of plastic.
That same study found that each bottle of oil still has up to two ounces of oil in it after it has been poured. The leftover oil adds up to 16 million gallons.
This is an industry that is constantly evolving. Innovation leads to better products, better ways of doing things, and better ways to package. At one time, it was metal cans. Then, plastic bottles offered a more convenient, cheaper method. Now, more emphasis is put on the environmental impact of plastics.
There is an alternative to plastic bottles that takes up significantly less space in landfills and empties completely – flexible packaging pouches.
If you’re an automobile dealership, quick lube, fleet maintenance, or manufacturing facility, you know the issue surrounding used oil and related waste management. From the regulations to the supplies, maintenance and knowledge, recycling used oils can be a daunting task.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be.
The Fox Cities Habitat’s Rock the Block engages homeowners, volunteers and community to improve resident engagement and enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood. This year’s Rock the Block in Menasha, WI was the largest to date, repairing and improving 100 homes. Check out the below video, produced by Red Shoes, Inc.
In business, finding something that differentiates you from your competitors sometimes requires investing in areas your competitors are unwilling to go. Ultimately that means finding people with the expertise and drive to seize an opportunity and turn it into success. For Golden Valley, Minnesota, based Lube-Tech, that differentiator is an engine testing facility and the people who make up its team.
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.
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.
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.”