Lubricants, Coolants, Metalworking Fluids

Let the Good Parts Roll

Through less downtime replacing fluid, less wear and fewer tool replacements, this breakthrough fluid formulation helps machines produce more parts and generate higher revenue over the life of the equipment.
Lubricants, Coolants, Metalworking Fluids: Articles

Save Thousands with a Simple $30 Test

Successful lubricant testing is done periodically to monitor the overall trend of the lubricant quality and watch for breach of a threshold, a definitive increase in wear particles, changes in viscosity, or other types of contamination or quality breakdown. Until that threshold is reached, oil may only need to be topped off or filtered.
Most shops don’t think about machinery fluids and lubricants until they have a problem. Then the machine tool goes down, production is lost, parts fail . . . here’s how a little maintenance can go a long way.

Why Aren’t More Manufacturers Using Minimum Quantity Lubrication?

Metal chips produced during MQL machining are nearly dry and much cleaner than conventional approaches.  Near-dry chips are easier to recycle and more valuable as a recycled material.
While the idea of sustainability is becoming better defined and understood, many manufacturers are still not taking the necessary steps to implement newer proven technologies that foster sustainability. Why?

How to Clean Up Cast Iron Machining

The back wall and back ways of the milling machine enclosure were cleaned beforehand to observe residue levels as the test proceeded. Some residue was left in place for comparison (right-hand photo). After two weeks of operation, surfaces remained free of residue. (first view)
This case study explains how Chemtool formulated a novel metalworking fluid with Dow Chemical to clean up the cast iron machining operations of a Midwest machine shop.


Even though a machine tool spindle is a high-precision machine component, more often than not it is handled carelessly, forced to perform well beyond design limitations, or otherwise abused to the breaking point. Ed Zitney of SKF Machine Tool Services shows how proper care and maintenance can make all the difference in both its operation and longevity in service.


Lubricants, Coolants, Metalworking Fluids: Industry News

Dimplex Restructures Management

Seán O’Driscoll is now the president of a new management team.

Pratt & Whitney Approves Houghton Metalworking Fluid

Hocut 4940 can be used in producing aircraft engines and military power units under reference PMC 9151.

Houghton Promotes Executive

Kevin Smith, Houghton International Has been promoted to the positions of senior vice president, Houghton International and president, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Global Automotive Aerospace.
Kevin Smith assumes responsibility for general management of their EMEA region and global leadership of their transportation industry segments.


Lubricants, Coolants, Metalworking Fluids: Products

Keeping Cool in the Heat of Change

CNC milling at work. Lightweighting has introduced tougher metals and more advanced, severe metalworking processes that have driven up the importance of cutting fluids on the speed and depth of the removal operation, the type of cutting tool being used, operator preference, and health and safety issues.
Automotive suppliers are searching for new metalworking fluids to help them reduce their manufacturing costs and improve the processing of tough new metals and alloys under stricter environmental regulations. Here are some of the latest products for them to consider.

Improved Stamping Lubricant Performance Testing

IRMCO and Bennett Tool & Die have developed the iTOOL cup-draw process, a tool and test method to directly compare stamping lubricant performance prior to use in production.

Machining Stainless Steel, Brass, Inconel, Titanium, Aluminum and More

GreenCut Cutting Fluid from LubeCorp is a high performance, SAFE, biodegradable coolant used in machining, cutting, grinding, drilling, tapping and sawing of all metals, including carbon steel, stainless steel, brass, Inconel, titanium and aluminum.
Regardless of tool speed or feed, GreenCut Cutting Fluid/Misting Fluid from LubeCorp is 100 percent effective in preventing metal-to-metal contact through full access to the seizure zone on the tool rake-face where the cutting action takes place.