Coolant maintenance improves part quality, extends tool life, provides better surface finishes and helps maintain a cleaner working environment. Proper maintenance is essential for extended coolant life. It’s best to monitor concentration with a refractometer and remove tramp oils to ensure the coolant is operating to its highest potential. A refractometer is a simple instrument used for measuring concentrations of aqueous solutions (water based products) and is widely used in agricultural, chemical, food and manufacturing industries.
A well organized fluid management program should be a regular part of a company’s MRO procedures, as it will save time and money on tool and machine wear. Proper fluid maintenance can reduce the consumption of concentrate, increase coolant life in the sump and reduce disposal costs, all while extending the service life of tools and providing truer parts. It’s been said that a company can lose 5% to 20% in productivity due to neglecting the management of their coolants.
It is extremely important to separate out tramp oils that contaminate the sump. Check out our How to Select a Coolant as a guide to minimizing your coolant usage by coordinating coolant-related variables that will help with your total cost of fluid management.
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