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.

Camfil mist collector

Counteracting Emulsion Clumping

By: Derek Korn
A new line of emulsion mist collectors is capable of running 24/7, thanks to an automatic sprayer that counteracts clumping.

Multi-Use Spray Reaches Difficult Features

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
WD-40 Co. introduces its WD-40 EZ-Reach, featuring an attached 8" flexible straw for application.

Ultrafiltration Reduces Oil Wastewater Volumes

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
Prab enhances its line of ultrafiltration systems for metalworking companies that separate emulsified oils and suspended solids from wastewater and coolant.

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.

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