Measurement & Fluids

Metalworking Fluids
thumb_metalworking_fluids.jpg Metalworking fluids are the oil- and water-based liquids that facilitate turning, milling, drilling and grinding. These fluids are often lumped together under the general term "coolant," though many metalworking fluids do not primarily perform a cooling effect. Rather, the primary value of many metalworking fluids is to provide lubricity that extends cutting performance and tool life, and to assist in clearing chips out of the way of the cut. Metalworking fluid technology has advanced considerably in recent years, to the extent that finding just the right cutting fluid for a particular machining process can dramatically increase efficiency or productivity.

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Long-Lasting Coolant Reduces Costs, Downtime


This shop provides a case in point of the substantial savings that can be realized with the proper coolant formulation. Rustlick Ultracut Pro, available from ITW Rocol North America, lasted twice as long in the sump than the shop’s previous coolant, leading to significant operating and maintenance cost savings.

Take good care of your coolant. Here's how.

Metalworking Fluid Troubleshooting Guide


Here are quick tips for solving the problems with your shop's most significant liquid asset.



Metalcutting Fluid Lowers Costs in Machining, Grinding Applications

By: Jedd Cole
Houghton International’s Hocut 4440 semi-synthetic metal removal fluid platform is based on a new technology for machining and grinding said to provide performance as well as environmental benefits.

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PRAB Acquires More Manufacturing, Office Space

By: Jedd Cole
The expansion will enable the sales and engineering teams from all divisions to operate under one roof.

STC Dip Spin Partners with PRAB

By: Jedd Cole
STC Dip Spin now offers wastewater consultations and equipment through the partnership.

Benefits and Challenges of Minimum Quantity Lubrication

By: Emily Probst
Optis, a joint venture between TechSolve and Castrol, looks at the positive impact of MQL, the challenges to its implementation and the industry’s current uptake of the solution.

Oelheld Breaks Ground on New Facility

By: Jedd Cole
The new facility will be located in West Dundee, Illinois.


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