Sump Cleaner Offers Speed, Ease of Use
IMTS 2018: Cecor’s Sump Shark for machine tool sump cleaning helps maintain machine tool coolant by filtering dirty coolant and making the cleaning process faster and easier.
Cecor will feature its SE15 single-phase electric and SA5 air-operated Sump Shark units, which are designed to quickly and easily filter dirty coolant. With suction lifts ranging to 26" Hg (the pressure of 350" water), the units can clean sludge and metal chips from the entire sump of metalworking fluid in just minutes or seconds, depending on sump size, the company says. The solids are caught in the onboard filter as the coolant passes into the tank. The pump filters coolant out of the tank through the discharge-port hose.
According to the company, the cleaning units are easier to use than a pail and a shovel, a shop vac or a diaphragm pump, thus decreasing labor costs and machine tool downtime. Additionally, the cleaning units increase coolant life and reduce waste.
The SE15 can be plugged into any 110-V electric unit. The SA5 operates on shop air. Each has overfill protection with valved discharge ports. They feature hoses, quick-disconnect couplers, suction tools and filter bags. An F23 filter (2.3 ft3) is available for coolant heavy with chips and swarf. A DF4 discharge filter is available for second-stage, very-fine filtering.
Reducing cutting fluid use offers the chance for considerable cost savings. Tool life may even improve.
Minimum quantity lubricant can save money, improve tool life and improve the part finish. But it may involve changes to both the equipment and the processing strategy.
With their strong attention to routine housekeeping, it's not surprising that this shop carefully researched all methods for removing tramp oil from coolant in machine sumps. If tramp oil is allowed to build up in the coolant, the resulting shop odor, smoke generation and unpleasant conditions for the operators will quickly undermine all efforts to keep a clean shop and maintain an optimum working environment.