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.