Improving Process Efficiency with Metalworking Fluids

Using the right oils, coolants and lubricants can help a shop optimize machining processes, but there are many factors to weigh when choosing metalworking fluids.

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Metalworking oils, coolants and lubricants are often an overlooked aspect of the machining process. According to Hangsterfer’s Laboratories Product Manager Joseph Gentile, “Metalworking fluids work well, until they don’t. And when they go wrong, it can be a show stopper.” In the article “A Guide to Metalworking Fluids,” he covers the basics of metalworking fluids, including how they affect part production.

Using the correct metalworking fluids can help optimize processes. Finding the best fluid for the application depends on tool geometry, coating and speed. Other considerations when choosing a fluid include customer approval, surface finish, effect on secondary operations, ease of cleaning/residue removal, and safety of the machine, part and operator.

Cost also plays a role when selecting metalworking fluids. Shops often buy more expensive tools that save time and operation cost, and fluids are no different. But it is important to recognize that the cost of a metalworking fluid is more than cost per gallon. In-use maintenance, tank-side additives and disposal can all impact the cost-effectiveness.

Read “A Guide to Metalworking Fluids” to learn more.