The manufacturing process of AKS includes the use of metalworking fluids (MWFs). These fluids are used to cool and lubricate the machining activity, prolonging the tool’s lifespan, removing the debris and protecting the surface of the workpieces. During machining, oil mist is produced by the interaction of the metalworking fluid with the moving parts.
The challenge set to Plymovent was: “Create a system which extracts oil mist generated at the source, to prevent it from creating a nuisance by entering the respiratory systems of the employees.” As oil mist can cause occupational respiratory illnesses, such as respiratory irritation, bronchitis, pneumonia, pneumonitis and extrinsic asthma. Oil mist can also cause contamination of machinery control systems, create slippery floors and increase housekeeping costs.