New High Performance Hybrid Semi-Synthetic Coolants Increase Performance

Posted by Mary Kimbro on Nov 30, 2020 10:52:39 AM

A new metalworking fluid type has entered the coolant market: meet the hybrid semi-synthetic! These products break the mold and push past performance boundaries experienced with traditional coolants by providing extraordinary lubricity and flawless surface finishes. They truly bridge the gap between traditional synthetic and semi-synthetic metalworking fluids delivering the perfect balance of lubrication and cooling like no other fluid-type on the market today.

Before these new products were available we relied on fluids that range from 100% oil based to 95-100% water. On their own, they primarily serve two applications:

  • Oil offers lubrication
  • Water offers cooling

Yet more often than not, the right combination of the two can provide the ideal performance balance for a range of metals and machining processes.

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Topics: Hybrid Semi-Synthetic Coolants

7 Reasons to Consider Using a Soap Based Lubricant

Posted by Mary Kimbro on Sep 24, 2020 10:06:39 AM

Industrial lubricants is a broad category that fits just about anything from a machine shop to a commercial store room. They can be formulated with a wide variety of materials that offer the desired properties for each application. A lot of them are formulated using mineral oils, however, did you know that soaps also make excellent and sometime superior industrial lubricants? Check out the 7 types of lubricants below that benefit from using soap-based technology.

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Topics: Industrial Soaps & Specialty Lubricants

Barracuda™ Triple Action Lubricant and Rust Penetrant

Posted by Mary Kimbro on Aug 5, 2020 2:45:02 PM

The best penetrating oil for rusted bolts on the market

Barracuda Triple Action Lubricant is a breakthrough multi-use product intended for shop or factory applications. Its proprietary formulation outperforms competitive products with its superior "bolt-busting" rust penetrant performance on seized fasteners while also providing excellent cleaning and corrosion inhibitor protection for metal surfaces.

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Oil Based Metalworking Fluids for Difficult Machining Operations

Posted by Mary Kimbro on Jul 23, 2020 12:03:34 PM

Oil based metalworking fluids are used in tough operations where lubrication and extreme pressure properties are required.  With the correct formulations of additives cutting oils provide significant improvements in cutting and grinding operations by reducing friction which results in better surface finishes and longer machine tool life.  They are particularly ideal for use with grinding wheels and other abrasive tools.  Though oil based cutting fluids do not replace water based fluids, where cooling properties are most important, they are instead used in applications where lubrication is more important than cooling.

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Topics: Cutting Oil, Oil Based Metalworking Fluids, Cutting Fluids

Cutting Oils That Provide Better Surface Finish & Increase Tool Life

Posted by Mary Kimbro on Jul 14, 2020 11:40:46 AM

Enhanced Cutting Fluid Formulations with Specialty Additives

Historically, conventional straight oils consisted of only oil or a mixture of oil and lard that didn’t last very long when used for machining metal. However, with current technology there is a wide selection of high performance oil soluble additives that help improve performance and prolong the life of these oil based cutting fluids. These enhanced cutting oils provide significantly better surface finish and increased life of the machine tool. This reduces scrap and the overall tool demand: increasing the return on investment of the machining process.

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Topics: Cutting Oil, cutting fluid

Efficient Removal of Tramp Oils Extends Coolant, Tool & Machine Life

Posted by Mary Kimbro on Jun 15, 2020 1:15:34 PM

The expectations for closer part tolerances and better surface finishes in today’s metalworking industry places high demands on manufacturers to ensure coolants are free of contamination as they are continually cycled through their machines.  The machining process generates significant heat and pressure on the cutting tool, grinding wheel and workpiece, making proper coolant maintenance critical in preventing overheating, ensuring a part better finish and longer tool life.  A major step in coolant maintenance and managing the machining process is the efficient removal of tramp oil.

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Topics: Tramp oil

The Problems of Corrosion in Machine Sumps

Posted by Mary Kimbro on Jun 4, 2020 3:42:59 PM

Understanding the cause and finding a solution

The Problem with Corrosion

In the metalworking industry, corrosion presents a serious problem and is a costly burden on manufacturers. Corrosion can destroy the dimensional integrity of a finished part and as well as parts of the machine itself.  

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Topics: Metalworking Coolants & Fluids, Corrosion in Machine Sumps

Fighting Foam: Understanding the Cause & Solving the Problem

Posted by Mary Kimbro on Jun 2, 2020 10:16:57 AM

Most water-based metalworking fluids used in machining today contain both oil and water. Oil and water, in general, do not mix without the addition of emulsifiers. Many commonly used emulsifiers are soaps, which as we would expect will increase the tendency of foaming in fluids. Foaming in machining operations can be a major issue for two main reasons:

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Topics: Metalworking Coolants & Fluids, Fight Foam Build-Up in Metal Working Fluids

Advantages of Long Life Semi-Synthetic Coolants for Heavy to Moderate Machining

Posted by Mary Kimbro on Jun 1, 2020 4:13:07 PM

There is a new generation of oil-based cutting fluids which give improved sump life two to eight times longer than standard fluids.  They are excellent mutli-metal coolants and are ideal for heavy to moderate machining in markets such as aerospace and oil & gas. These new formulations do not create offensive odors and do not contain troublesome bactericides or mid- to long-chain chlorinated paraffins or sulfur. They eliminate sump odors, provide exceptionally long sump life and a clean, comfortable and safe work environment for machine operators.

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Topics: Metalworking Coolants & Fluids, Long Life Semi-Synthetic Coolants

Long-Life Fluids Bring Unintended Challenges

Posted by Mary Kimbro on Apr 13, 2020 4:01:57 PM

Water-based fluids were a great breakthrough for the machining market. As speeds and feeds of the machines were increased, the need for cooling became essential. However, with the introduction of water-based products new challenges arose.

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Topics: Metalworking Coolants & Fluids

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