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.



Coolube Cutting Lubricants for Use on Aluminum

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
Unist has expanded its line of MQL lubricants with an oil specifically formulated for use with aluminum.

PRAB ultrafiltration systems

Ultrafiltration Systems for Coolant Reclamation

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
PRAB’s ultrafiltration systems for separating emulsified oils and suspended solids from wastewater and coolant use a hollow fiber, tubular or spiral-wound membrane to achieve required micron filtration levels.

Hybrid Lubricant Increases Tool Life in Aerospace Alloys

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Cimcool, a member of the Milacron family, offers its Cimperial 861 with InSol Technology, a hybrid-lubricity, semi-synthetic metalworking fluid for heavy-duty machining of non-ferrous and ferrous metals including aluminum, stainless steels, titanium and other exotic alloys.

Cimperial 861 Metalworking Fluid Especially Useful for Heavy Duty Machining

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
Cimcool’s Cimperial 861 with InSol technology, a hybrid lubricity semi-synthetic metalworking fluid, is recommended for heavy duty machining of nonferrous and ferrous metals including 6000 and 7000 series aluminum, stainless steels, titanium and other exotic alloys.

proper machine tool lubrication

The Lowdown on Machine Tool Lubricants

By: Russ Willcutt
Need help choosing the right lubricant for your machine tools and workplace environment? Here’s a resource to help keep your equipment humming along.


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