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.



Guardian Coolant Recycling System Extends the Life of Coolants and Fluids

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
Guardian coolant recycling system is a fluid reclamation management tool for operations with industrial coolant or washwater reservoirs.

Clarcor UAS Smog-Hot MSH-11

Machine-Mounted Mist Collector Delivers High Efficiency, Reduced Lifetime Costs

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Clarcor Industrial Air has extended its MSH series with the UAS Smog-Hog MSH-11, a compact, machine-mounted mist and smoke collector.

PRAB Candle Filter

Self-Cleaning Filter Limits Downtime

By: Edited by Stephanie Hendrixson
The PRAB Candle Filter is designed to effectively remove fine particulate from spent oil in honing and EDM machining applications, as well as tungsten carbide tool, steel ball and bearing grinding applications.

Oelheld DiaMill HEF 1100

Oil Enables High-Performance Cutting

By: Edited by Stephanie Hendrixson
Oelheld’s DiaMill HEF 1100 is a high-performance cutting oil suitable for use as an alternative to water-soluble cooling lubricants for turning, milling, drilling, hobbing and cutting operations in CNC machining centers.

Automated Coolant Concentration Management for Multiple Sumps

By: Derek Korn
This system is capable of automatically managing as many as 10 machine sumps from one drum of chemical concentrate.


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