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.

Oelheld Vomat FA grinding lubricant filters

Grinding Lube Filtration System Adaptable to Changing Production Requirements

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Available from Oelheld, Vomat’s FA series of grinding lubricant filters promotes cleaner lubricant, resulting in reduced need for replacement; longer machine uptime; and tool, filter and lubricant cost savings.

Proper Fluid Management Improves Longevity, Part Quality

By: Lori Beckman
Basic maintenance practices listed here can improve a fluid’s longevity, shop environment and part quality.

Oil Lubricant Designed to Benefit Aluminum Machining

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Unist has expanded its line of MQL lubricants with Coolube 2210AL, an oil specifically formulated for use with aluminum.

Metalworking Fluid Lubricates, Cleans, Promotes Stability

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Milacron Fluid Technologies’ Cimcool brand offers its Cimpulse 51MP, 45MP and 33MP multifunctional fluids that are intended to enable machine shops to use just one metalworking fluid.

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.

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