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Mobil – Plastics Guide 2018


1 Introduction


Opportunities for plastics processing continue to Opportunities for plastics processing continue to grow across a range of industries. Despite the current demonisation of plastics, there are still many advantages that plastics possess over more traditional materials. Automotive, construction, medical and many other industries are all keen to take advantage of the latest innovations in plastics processing. However, the industry also faces


challenges


to profitability; plastics processing is not only highly competitive, it is also energy intensive. Basic polymers are the largest single outlay in plastics processing and rising feedstock prices across many grades are squeezing bottom lines. With the emergence of Industry 4.0 and the smart factory, processors need to look at every opportunity to reduce their outlays and increase the overall efficiency of their operations. High performance hydraulic fluids are one easy opportunity to improve efficiency in a range of areas.


1.1 Small change with a big impact The right hydraulic fluid offers a range of benefits, from improved energy efficiency to enhanced


operational performance, which can help plastics processors reduce costs and increase productivity. This is an easy topic to overlook because the cost of hydraulic fluid is typically less than 1% of operating costs. This is made even worse if the processor has a ‘fit and forget’ attitude to hydraulic fluids. This ignores the fact that the hydraulic fluid is literally the ‘lifeblood’ of any hydraulic injection moulding machine.


“Lots of my business is demanding, high quality work for the


automotive sector. Unfortunately, my company’s overheads are squeezing my profit margin.”


Choosing a high performance fluid will not only protect


the


hydraulic system, it can also reduce energy use and help advance your efforts towards Industry 4.0. A separate Energy Saving Guide for


Injection Moulders is available, which explains the steps that plastics processors can take to help reduce their energy bills and enhance plant efficiency.


1.2 In this guide We will explore how to optimise your hydraulic fluid usage and make the most of the many benefits that they offer, contributing to Industry 4.0.


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