Maximizing ROI through Fluid Recycling

Here’s a video that details the advantages of fluid recycling, discussing how it can reduce costs, liability and environmental impact.

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Coolant is often viewed as a distraction that shopfloor employees don't particularly want to deal with. But just like tooling, other support equipment, and post process operations such as cleaning and inspection, coolant and its effective application are important.

Coolant can be expensive, and shops generally know what they are paying toward it. While coolants have improved through time—lasting longer and having fewer negative issues—these improvements have also increased their costs.

In a video produced by Eriez HydroFlow, Ron Wendt, HydroFlow product manager, discusses how investing in a fluid recycling program can pay off through reduced costs, liability and environmental impact, improved workplace safety and better employee health. The 3-minute video is posted on the company’s YouTube channel.

Mr. Wendt describes the economic advantages of recycling waste coolant. “If you’re not recycling, you’re paying to haul the waste away and refill with brand new coolant. You can save 40 to 60 percent of concentrate by recycling and cut your disposal costs down.”

A legal responsibility also comes with fluid disposal. Mr. Wendt advises viewers that the generator of the waste has “cradle to grave” accountability, even if they use a certified disposal company. Therefore, the company that produced the waste can be fined and charged with clean-up costs if disposal is not handled properly.

Recycling fluids also brings employee health and safety benefits. In the video Mr. Wendt explains that removing tramp oil from coolant on a regular basis reduces oil mist, improving air quality and reducing slippery floors. He also discusses fluid disposal from an environmental standpoint. “There is a push to be green, use fewer resources and reduce your carbon footprint; if you’re recycling fluids, you’re going to do that,” he says. “And if you are working to meet ISO 14000 environmental management standards, having a fluid recycling program in place will go a long way toward reaching those goals.”