Quality coolants really do make the difference in your machining operation.

Machine Side Filter Unit and C-Thru Skimmer

Most companies do not know the actual cost of their machine coolants. They can tell you their price per gallon of the coolant they are using, they even know the cost of disposal, but it goes even further than that – it affects production as well.

It is wise for companies to track the quality of the coolant they use for several reasons. Tool life for example – how often they sharpen or replace worn tools, directly links to the effectiveness of the coolant they are machining with.

Choosing the proper formulation and maintaining the coolant ratio can double, or even triple tool life.

Take into consideration the quality of the surface finish – it is closely related to the tool life on the work piece. Inadequate lubricity and corrosion resistance package in the coolant being used will result in a poor finish. Choosing the best coolant for the application will produce smooth finishes that are free of stains.

Everybody knows the sound that good coolant produces; it’s the “hum” the metalworking equipment makes. Production stays steady and is predictable. On the other hand, improperly formulated or “dirty” coolant will cause erratic, unpredictable production output.

Nobody likes to talk about down time – Frequency of machine adjustment to hold dimensional tolerances, sharpening or replacing worn tools and draining and cleaning the coolant system will dramatically increase when the “right” coolant is not being used.

The last and final consideration on the list is disposal. The amount of coolant disposal is directly related to the number of times the coolant is reused. Each time you are able to reuse that coolant, the disposal costs are cut. All of these cost saving tips should be taken into account when investment in coolant recycling equipment is being considered.

Interactive Technology, Inc. is fortunate to have a top quality metalworking fluids supplier – Wallover Oil Company

For the past 200 years cutting fluids have been used extensively in metal cutting operations. Over the course of time, the formulations, properties and functions of the fluids have become more complex. New technology has changed the focus of the fluids from the traditional roles it once filled. Today’s modern metalworking fluids are special blends of chemical additives, lubricants and water, formulated to meet the performance demands of the metalworking industry.

There are several types of cutting fluids on the market today. Approximately 80 to 90 percent of all applications use water miscible fluids which include true solutions, synthetics, semi-synthetics, and soluble oils. Although straight cutting oils once were the product of choice, they still hold a strong presence for certain metalworking applications.

WALLOVER is a leading independent manufacturer of premium metalworking fluids. Their product portfolio includes a diverse line of bio-stable coolants, cleaners, rust preventatives, and drawings and stamping lubricants.

In our next blog post, we will discuss how to properly select a metalworking fluid, based on employee health and safety, material to be machined, and price considerations.