Tech Tip: Advanced Fluid Analysis

Posted by Lube-Tech on Oct 18, 2018 9:42:12 AM

Stay Ahead of Equipment Failures

Lube-Tech offers Advanced Fluid Analysis to monitor lubricant and equipment performance for on- and off-road heavy-duty fleets. Routine sample testing on a quarterly or annual basis allows for better tracking of equipment performance and helps extend lubricant life.

Tech Tip: Proper Coolant Mixing Practices

Posted by Lube-Tech on Jun 26, 2018 9:45:24 AM

When machining with water-soluble coolants, maintaining coolant stability is essential to produce quality parts and surface finish. Therefore, it is important to mix the coolant properly. 

Water-soluble coolants consist of both an oil phase (nonpolar) and a water phase (polar). These phases are extremely dissimilar, so they tend to separate from one another. Hence, emulsifiers are an important component in the coolant concentrate. Emulsifiers are molecules that consist of both polar and nonpolar sides, which help bring the two phases together.

Tech Tip: Importance of Water Quality

Posted by Lube-Tech on Jun 26, 2018 9:31:25 AM

Water plays an important role in maintaining the integrity of a metalworking coolant. Water makes up roughly 95% of the resulting dilution, so its chemical state has a great influence on how well the concentrate mixes and forms a stable emulsion.

If water quality is poor, a wealth of issues can develop. These issues include corrosion, poor machining performance, and water spotting on finished parts. Testing water quality is the first step to ensuring proper performance.

Tech Tip: Foam Control

Posted by Lube-Tech on Jun 26, 2018 8:42:36 AM

Foam in a metalworking fluid  system is unconducive to the machining process. First and foremost, air does not provide lubricity or cooling to the workpiece. Additionally, air entrainment can promote premature pump failure and create spills - both of which generate significant downtime. Determining the source of a foam issue can ultimately fix the problem and relieve the headaches in the workplace.

Tech Tip: Cleanout Procedure and Fluid Maintenance

Posted by Lube-Tech on Jun 26, 2018 8:32:12 AM

A clean metalworking fluid system provides better machining, surface finish, and tool life than a dirty system. Metal fines, bacteria, and tramp oil are all problems that can escalate over time, each of these can warrant a cleanout.

Sometimes a cleanout is inevitable, but proper coolant maintenance can help prolong sump life. Before a system is cleaned out, a sample should be sent to the Lube-Tech lab to determine the potential mode of failure.

Tech Tip: How to Use a Refractometer to Determine Concentration

Posted by Lube-Tech on Jun 26, 2018 8:22:37 AM

Some fluids utilized in the manufacturing industry are water-dilutable coolants, which are oil-in-water dilutions used for machining. Coolants must operate within a specific concentration window to maintain the right amount of lubricity and additive content.

Refractometers are instruments used to obtain a °Brix reading, which measures the oil content present in a coolant mixture. Additionally, each coolant refracts light differently and therefore has its own specific multiplier, called a refractometer factor. The °Brix reading can be multiplied by the coolant’s refractometer factor to determine the coolant concentration.

Tech Tip: Lubricant Storage & Handling

Posted by Lube-Tech on Jun 25, 2018 3:03:06 PM

With increased health and safety regulations surrounding lubricants, it is important to put an emphasis on practicing safe and effective lubricant storage and handling procedures in an industrial environment. These practices will ultimately ensure proper lubricant use, reduce the risk of cross contamination, and improve occupational safety.