TWP Manufacturing was founded in 1996 and is a high-quality presswork and injection molding business servicing a wide variety of sectors including automotive, construction, electrical and white goods through to high-profile leisure and retail brands.
TWP Manufacturing is part of TWP Group, which also includes Paterson Photographic Equipment, BullBarrow and Spyrabase.
TWP believes strongly in continued investment in its workforce and its facilities as part of the Group’s commitment to playing a part in the UK manufacturing success story.
A good working environment and the health and safety of staff are vitally important to TWP Manufacturing so concerns about smoke, mist, and an undesirable odor within their plant were taken very seriously.
The root of the problem was traced to the oils used. They had a low flash point, so evaporated quickly and caused smoke in the plant, as well as a heavy smell that hit workers and visitors immediately upon entering.
TWP wanted a solution to create a better environment for workers, addressing the health and safety issues associated with the smoke and smell (even when using air filtration on the machines).
Less smoke also gives more lifetime to the after filters and reduces costs in the long term.
Phil Stanley, director of TWP, already had the experience of working with TotalEnergies successfully on metalworking solutions and approached the firm once again to support with this challenge.
TotalEnergies recommended Valona MS 7023 HC, a chlorine-free neat cutting oil dedicated to both ferrous and non-ferrous metals cutting. It is widely used in cutting operations on hard and very hard steels, on special, stainless, and refractory steels, and on titanium alloys (aviation and medical applications).
Formulated from premium stock, Valona offered a number of advantages:
- Very little odor due to its low aromatic compound content
- Improvement to operators’ health due to almost no carcinogenic compounds
- Reduced oil mists and less product consumption through evaporation, due to low levels of volatility
- Longer product life ensured through oxidation stability, meaning more economical use
- Improved tool lifespan thanks to Valona’s effective anti-wear performance
Within the first few weeks, a noticeable reduction in odor, smoke, and mist was noticed. The oil additions required have decreased significantly. Over a few months, a 20% increase was achieved in the life of the tools.
Valona has given TWP more confidence in lights-out manufacturing due to its high flash point and the oil lasting longer. There is now less smoke when hitting the job with more feed rates. This has also reduced TWP’s time cycle as well as improving productivity.