Acculube’s mission is to help you drive down the total cost of lubricants and processes – and to make every fluid in your facility as effective, and efficient, as it can be.
This is a complex task – but one we’re uniquely suited for. As the region’s premier distributor of branded metalworking and manufacturing fluids, we have great tools for testing and troubleshooting, and experienced pros that are eager to share their ideas and strategies for boosting your bottom line.
We know there are vendors – and sometimes buyers, too – who over-simplify by focusing on the “purchase order price” while paying ignoring other, major factors that impact what a facility really pays for its fluids. We think this is both a mistake, and a lost opportunity. Because these "other factors" can make a huge difference to a plant’s profitability.
The factors we see fall into 2 categories: one is directly related to the lubricants products, the other is related to the processes where they’re used.
Lubricant factors include the service life of the lubricant, the plant’s annual usage, the cost of additives, inventory management, and of course, shipping and any surcharges that apply.
Process factors include the quality of the parts being produced (parts quality always suffers when lubricant quality isn’t up to par), plus costs for maintenance, replacement parts, labor, downtime and disposal.
Here are two important metrics to consider. They apply to all manufacturing facilities that use lubricant products:
- The cost for lubricants and chemicals averages 3% of the total maintenance budget.
- The “process” costs that are directly related to lubricants averages 8-12 times the amount the purchase order says was paid for lubricant. Some call these “hidden” costs, or “indirect” costs. But whatever anyone calls it, it’s money out the window – often unnecessarily. Fortunately, you can do something about it.
So, back to our mission. For more than 25 years, Acculube has worked with customers large and small, in virtually every manufacturing and service sector, to identify ways that companies can get more performance – and pay less – for the fluids they buy.