A Modern Metal Solution

Posted by Lube-Tech on Feb 7, 2017 10:08:22 AM

The term “neat” describes a cutting oil that is not mixed with water. Neat oils have traditionally been used in low-temperature applications such as slow-speed machining, but are being used more and more in higher speed applications, edging out water-extendible fluids, for a variety of reasons:

• More difficult alloys are being used in many machining processes and machining processes are becoming more complex, both requiring better lubrication

• Water-extendible fluids require a unique waste disposal process since the water is typically contaminated with metals

Local Lab Support At Your Fingers

Posted by Lube-Tech on Feb 7, 2017 9:41:15 AM

How can a laboratory help you make more money? Lube-Tech released its first house brand machining fluid way back in the 1970s. Just like then, Lube-Tech knows the proper fluid can make all the difference between a precision product and scrap.

You can guess what fluid will work or you can do it scientifically. That’s why we built our own chemical lab, to eliminate guesswork, increase response time and get our customers the right fluid faster.

How an Audit Can Save You Money

Posted by Lube-Tech on Feb 6, 2017 8:41:54 AM

When Lube-Tech's Tom Bjellos, a Certified Lubrication Specialist, walks into a food packaging plant his thoughts and observations are all about making things more efficient. That means not only suggesting the proper lubricants, but consolidating the products used to keep the plant's machinery running at optimum efficiency. 

Shelf Life Guide For Oils And Greases

Posted by Lube-Tech on Jan 17, 2017 4:08:41 PM

Lubricant suppliers such as ExxonMobil do not recommend use of their lubricants beyond the stated shelf life. But for the average user, identifying an expired lubricant may not be as easy as it is with something such as food, where “best used by” dates are prominently displayed, and rotten food is pretty obvious. Knowing a little about lubricants can help users determine if lubricants are OK to use or should be recycled.

Tool Life: Using Proper Fluid Is Key

Posted by Lube-Tech on Jan 13, 2017 10:44:33 AM

Nothing can be more frustrating to a machinist than premature tool wear. This not only costs money in tooling, it results in longer job times and often higher scrap. It’s easy to blame the tool, but is it really the tool’s fault? Many times it’s not.

“Most times, when part quality is in question, there is really some underlying issue with a machining fluid that can be determined through lab analysis,” said Lube-Tech Industrial Market Manager Luke Bame. “The solution can be as simple as improved filtration, concentration maintenance, contamination reduction, or in some cases the job may require a different or custom fluid.”

Keep Your Lubricants Ready For Use: Fluid Storage Best Practices

Posted by Lube-Tech on Oct 14, 2016 12:26:45 PM

In the world of lubricants, inventory costs are a universal concern in an industry that has forced many companies to go lean. Protecting inventory is critical and proper storage of lubricants will insure quality and prevent waste. Following lubricant storage best practices will help increase efficiency in your operation.