Metalworking Fluids

Metalworking fluids or (MWFs) are used to reduce heat and friction. They are used in industrial machining and grinding operations. We can provide all of the following: Synthetic Metalworking Fluid, Cutting Fluids, Coolant, Cutting Oil, Cutting Lubricant, Corrosion Protection, Oil-Free Products.

Cutting Fluid

Cutting fluid is a type of coolant or lubricant designed specifically for the metalworking processes. There are various kinds of cutting fluids. These include:

  • oils
  • oil-water blends
  • pastes
  • gels
  • aerosols
  • other gases

They may be made from petroleum distillates, or of some other raw ingredients. Depending on the context, it may be referred to as cutting fluid, cutting oil, cutting compound, coolant, or lubricant. Most metalworking processes can benefit greatly from the use of cutting fluids. It is all dependent on the workpiece material.

Metal cutting generates great heat due to friction and energy lost from the material. The surrounding air conducts heat slowly which means it is a poor coolant. Ambient air cooling is sometimes adequate for lighter cuts and repairs or hobby work. Production works require heavier cutting over long periods of time. This typically produces more heat than air cooling can remove. In this case, you can use a liquid coolant that removes significantly more heat.

Formulations

There are many formulations, ranging from straight oils (such as petroleum oils) to water based fluids. These include soluble oils and other fluids. Metal working fluids may be mixtures of:

  • oils
  • emulsifiers
  • anti-weld agents
  • corrosion inhibitors
  • extreme pressure additives
  • buffers (alkaline reserve)
  • biocides
  • other additives.

Substances from the manufacturing process increase fluid complexity. Also, water-based metalworking fluids support microbial growth. This adds contaminants like bacterial and fungal cells.

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