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.”
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.
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.
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.