Total Coolant Management
In today's ever competitive metalworking industry, it is crucial for coolant users to recognize that coolants have become an important factor in determining the productivity and overall cost for their company.
We have been adopting and practising Total Coolant Management (TCM) to help many of our customers increase productivity and decrease cost by solving coolant-related problems. Total Coolant Management means a single source responsibility for an entire coolant system where all coolant-related variables are defined and monitored to ensure that coolant becomes a consistent and reliable contributor to the production process. Implementation of Total Coolant Management consists of the following activities:
- Understanding the users' machining requirements
- Selection of appropriate coolant(s)
- Prepare machines for coolant use
- Monitor coolant-related variables and maintain coolant performance
- Record Keeping
- Coolant reconditioning / recycling
- Keep up with new requirements and development
With the full range of our Metalworking fluids, cleaners, rust preventatives and coolant processing equipment, coupled with our principal's support with advanced R&D and up-to-date technical ''know-how'', we are able to help many of our customers achieve optimum coolant use and lower their production cost.
Finding the ''Perfect'' Coolant
Metalworking fluids (or commonly known as coolants) provide lubricating and cooling effects which are essential to the production of precision parts. The type and degree of lubrication and cooling required for various metal removal operations vary according to various factors, for example:
- Type of operation (milling, turning, grinding, etc)
- Type of metal (Steel, Aluminum Alloy, Magnesium, Brass, etc)
- Type of tool material (Diamond, HSS, Carbide, etc)
- Operating conditions (Geometry, speed, feed, depth of cut, etc)
Many types of coolants, ranging from fully synthetic, semi-synthetic and soluble oil, are available today. They are designed to provide some definite degree of lubricity, cooling, surface activity, stability, finishing, corrosion inhibition, anti-weld properties, and many more. There is probably no ''Perfect'' coolant available for any metal removal operations, but with careful considerations, a ''best balanced'' coolant can be selected to provide optimum performance.
Areas of concern by coolant users
While coolant selection is important, coolant users are also challenged to maintain their coolants properly in order to get the most out of their coolants. Improper selection and maintenance of coolants often lead to some of the following problems faced by today's coolant users: