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.



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.

Spectronics Oil-Glo

Fluorescent Dyes Detect Leaks in Industrial Fluid Systems

By: Edited by Julianne Mobilian
Spectronics Corporation introduces a full line of Spectroline fluorescent leak detection dyes specially formulated for oil-based industrial fluid systems.

Cecor Sump Sharks Attack Sump Sludge

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
Cecor Sump Sharks are high suction sludge vacs that remove collected metalworking fluids and solid waste (metal chips, sludge, swarf, and so on) from sumps in minutes.

5ME's Cyclo Cool 900 Fluids

Synthetic Metalcutting Fluids Promote Environmentally Friendly Operations

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
5ME’s Cyclo Cool 900 series synthetic metalcutting fluids serve as an alternative to semisynthetic and soluble oils.

Got “Nano-Onions?”

By: Derek Korn
What the heck’s a “nano-onion,” and how can it help me machine more effectively?


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