Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Ford Cuts Water Use With Dry Machining

WESTLAND, Mich. - Since 2000, Ford has reduced its global water use by 62 percent (about 10 billion gallons) and announced plans earlier this year to pursue the goal of cutting water use by another 30 percent per vehicle by 2015! To help reach this goal, Ford has significantly cut water use with dry machining to continue to work towards its goal of being more environmentally friendly.

Ford Cuts Water Use With Dry MachiningFor a typical production line, hundreds of millions of gallons of water are used per year in the production process. Near-dry machining would help reduce that amount by lubricating cutting tools with a fine spray of oil when and where it is needed. This is a huge change from the previous conventional wet machining methods where the production line would use large amounts of fluid to cool and lubricate the tools in order to make engine and transmissions.

Ford's Cologne Engine Plant in Germany was able to decrease their water use by 50 percent in one year by switching to the near-dry machining process. This process reduces the amount of oil needed by 80 percent while also reducing energy use, and improving the air quality in the plant.  Other plants that use the near-dry machining method are:
  • Craiova Engine Plant (Romania)
  • Livonia Transmission Plant (Michigan)
  • Changan Ford Engine Plant (China)
  • Romeo Engine Plant (Michigan)
  • Cologne Engine Plant (Germany)
  • Van Dyke Transmission Plant ( Michigan)
At North Brothers Ford, we are proud of the efforts that Ford Motor Company takes to ensure that their company is greener and more environmentally friendly - such as cutting water use with dry machining. If you'd like to find out ways that you can become more friendly to the environment, stop by our Southgate Area Ford Dealership and talk to one of our friendly team members! We will be more than happy to give you green tips or show you one of our hybrid and/or electric Ford vehicles. We have a great selection of New Ford Cars and Ford Certified Pre-Owned, so come see us and let us help you into a reliable vehicle that you'll love for years to come!

North Brothers Ford, located at 33300 Ford Rd Westland, MI 48185, is proud to be one of the premier dealerships in Southeast Michigan committed to exceptional customer service! Stop by or give us a call at (888) 806-7163, our knowledgeable sales team will be happy to help!

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