Lubricants, Coolants, Metalworking Fluids

Save Thousands with a Simple $30 Test

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.
Lubricants, Coolants, Metalworking Fluids: Articles

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

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.

Milacron Metalworking Fluid Approved by Bombardier

CIMPERIAL 861 can also be used for grinding and is formulated to deliver extended sump life. The fluid is designed to increase tool life and provide superior lubricity while remaining low foaming for today’s demanding high pressure applications. In addition, it has low chemical odor and is mild to the skin.
Their CIMPERIAL 861 is cleared for heavy-duty machining of non-ferrous and ferrous metals, including 6000 and 7000 series aluminum, stainless steels, titanium and other exotic alloys.

Houghton Names New CEO

Mike Shannon, Houghton International “I am honored to become the next chief executive of this company. We have a goal of expanding our leadership in the global industrial fluids and services market by partnering with customers to improve the profitability and safety of their operations. We have the people, products and strategies in place to be successful, and I look forward to leading them to achieve our goal.”
Mike Shannon succeeds Paul DeVivo, who is retiring.


Lubricants, Coolants, Metalworking Fluids: Products

A New Wave of Metalworking Fluids

The metalworking fluid industry is already playing an essential role in Resource-Efficient Manufacturing (REM), which involves doing more with less and finding viable reuse and recycling technologies to conserve materials, meet stringent environmental targets, and increase operational competitiveness.
The strategy behind Resource-Efficient Manufacturing is to introduce new approaches to metalworking fluids that dramatically reduce resource use.

Sump Cleaner Separates Metalworking Fluids

The innovative new discharge filter easily couples to its sump cleaner’s existing discharge port for second-stage filtering. It comes with nominally rated 10 µ and 25 µ filter bags for finer filtering and can be easily attached with no special tools needed. And it can be easily removed when it’s not needed. 
CECOR Sump Shark sump cleaners separate metalworking fluids from the solids being vacuumed so the fluids can be recycled.

Coolants, Lubricants, Metalworking Fluids

Some of the newest metalworking fluids provide up to four to five times longer sump life, up to 40 percent improved tool life, increased productivity, excellent rancidity control and greatly reduced concentrate usage that is operator friendly. (photo courtesy of CIMCOOL)
Take a look at some of the coolant, lubricant, and metalworking fluid technology being used by shops to increase their metalworking productivity, keep their machine tools clean, and reduce their cost of operations.