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.



Coolant Concentration Control for Recycling System

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
The AC3 (Automatic Coolant Concentration Control) continually monitors coolant concentration levels and adjusts automatically to maintain programmed ratios within ± 0.5 percent accuracy.

A Guide to Metalworking Fluids

By: Joseph Gentile
The oils, coolants and lubricants used in metalworking shops are often overlooked as an opportunity to improve process efficiencies.

Tecnara Aoi MistCapture

Oil Mist Collector Needs No Filter

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
To cope with the oil mist hazards affecting shop staff, equipment and the environment, Tecnara Tooling Systems’ Aoi MistCapture filterless collector features 98-percent efficiency in the elimination of particles as small as 3-microns.

Transor Filter

Filter System with Online Performance Monitoring

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Transor Filter will showcase its latest filtration system, designed for applications of one micron filtration (OMF), including ceramic applications and filtration for crankshafts.

Hangsterfer's Laboratories S-787

Metalworking Lubricant Provides High Pressure Tolerance

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Hangsterfer’s Laboratories offers its S-787 metalworking lubricant, which is designed for tapping and deep hole drilling applications in exotic alloys typical of the aerospace and medical industries.


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