Ford Reduces Water and Oil Use in Plants Globally with Expansion of Near-Dry Machining Technology

 Ford Reduces Water and Oil Use in Plants Globally with Expansion of Near-Dry
                             Machining Technology

PR Newswire

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 16, 2013

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  oFord continues to expand the use of near-dry machining, also known as
    Minimum Quantity Lubrication or MQL, which considerably reduces water and
    oil use, and improves plant air quality by eliminating the airborne mist
    produced by traditional wet machining
  oFord now has six plants in North America, Asia Pacific and Europe that
    have implemented the MQL process
  oMQL replaces the use of large quantities of conventional metal-working
    fluids and provides the same amount of lubrication with much less
    environmental waste

As part of its commitment to sustainability, Ford Motor Company has added its
dry machining capability to six plants globally – a number that will nearly
double in the next few years.

Near-dry machining, also known as Minimum Quantity Lubrication or MQL, is a
process that lubricates cutting tools with a fine spray of oil exactly when
and where it is needed. In comparison, conventional wet machining floods the
part with metal-working fluids, requiring large amounts of fluid to cool and
lubricate the tools used to make engines and transmissions.

For a typical production line, MQL can save more than 280,000 gallons of water
per year, or enough to fill 5,600 average-sized bathtubs. Cologne Engine Plant
in Germany decreased water use per engine by 50 percent from 2011 to 2012 by
switching to the MQL process.

"Reducing the environmental footprint of our plants is a critical part of
Ford's overall sustainability commitment," said Andrew Hobbs, director of
Ford's environmental quality office. "Expanding new processes such as MQL
across our global network of facilities allows us to have an even greater
impact."

MQL also reduces the amount of oil needed to machine an engine or transmission
80 percent or more, to approximately 100 milliliters – or about half the size
of an average drinking glass. Without the need for a coolant system across
most engine production lines, MQL also helps to reduce energy use. While
conventional wet machining produces an airborne mist, MQL eliminates that
mist, improving air quality in the plant.

Plants that have switched to the MQL process include:

  oChangan Ford Engine Plant (China)
  oCraiova Engine Plant (Romania)
  oCologne Engine Plant (Germany)
  oLivonia Transmission Plant (Michigan)
  oRomeo Engine Plant (Michigan)
  oVan Dyke Transmission Plant (Michigan)

"MQL technology will also be incorporated into future engine and transmission
plants, underscoring our commitment to advanced manufacturing processes that
reduce water and resource requirements," said Bill Russo, director of
manufacturing for Ford powertrain operations.

Ford continues to work toward cutting water use 30 percent per vehicle by
2015. Between 2000 and 2012, Ford reduced global water use by 62 percent –
about 10 billion gallons. More details on Ford's green initiatives can be
found in the 14^th annual Sustainability Report. The report addresses Ford's
overall financial health, the fuel economy of Ford vehicles, safety-related
achievements and other sustainability issues.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company(NYSE: F), a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six
continents. With about 177,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the
company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides
financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information
regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit
http://corporate.ford.com.

SOURCE Ford Motor Company

Website: http://www.ford.com
Contact: Kristina Adamski, 313.588.0849, kadamsk1@ford.com; or Todd Nissen,
313.322.4898, tnissen@ford.com
 
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