High-Pressure Coolant System Saves Power
Eastec 2017: MP Systems will introduce its variable-volume Model VR8 High Pressure Coolant System (HPCS), which part of a line of HPCSs designed for durability and energy efficiency.
MP Systems will introduce its variable-volume Model VR8 High Pressure Coolant System (HPCS), which part of a line of HPCSs designed for durability and energy efficiency. The system uses only as much horsepower as is required to reach the required pressure, and automatic adjustments to gallons-per-minute output keeps that pressure consistent. Pressure can be adjusted from the system’s primary logic controller (PLC) and controlled by the machine’s M codes.
The units in the VR series have 50- or 70-gallon vertical reservoirs, depending on the model, and can be used with water- or oil-based coolants. Each comes with two quick-change, large-capacity filter bags, a machine installation kit, and a two-year parts warranty.
Precision Tool Technologies found capacity for diversification not by adding machines, people or space, but by freeing up time. Running unattended—running so it can machine through all 168 hours in the week—has enabled this shop to use hours when staff is present to deliver work that lands outside its established specialty. To achieve unattended machining, some of the biggest challenges have related to basic details such as chips and coolant.
This micro-volume coolant delivery system uses ethanol as the cooling medium for non-ferrous workpieces. The ethanol evaporates after it cools the cutting tool, so no residue is left behind on machined workpieces.
Systems designed to put out fires inside machine tools can provide a level of protection that external systems such as overhead sprinklers cannot. They cost a small percentage of the investment represented by today’s CNC machines and certainly far less than repairing major damage caused by a fire.