Metal working fluids enhance the lifespan of different metals used in the metal working process. In addition, these fluids have a superior maintenance quotient that improves performance. The commonly used products under this category are coolants and lubricants.
Whereas various manufacturing units use lubricants to prevent wear and tear, coolants are widely used in the automotive rebuilding and repair industry. The modern categories of these fluids include neo-synthetic, synthetic, and soluble.
Areas of Application
As aforementioned, the uses of these fluids are in the prevention of friction and cooling of metals during the metal working processes. So, they are used in areas involving metal fabrication. In addition, they are used in protection and treatment of the surface between the work surface and the cutting tool.
You can still use them to eliminate fines, chips, and other residues in several operations such as boring, grinding, threading, tapping, gear shaping, milling, reaming, hack sawing and drilling.
You need to handle all metal cutting fluids carefully to avoid health risks. So, do not use them when you have cuts, wounds or cracks on your skin surface. These fluids may affect your respiratory tract and cause breathing problems. Mishandling them can result in cancer cases as well.
So, safety measures may include keeping the exposures low. Moreover, always obtain safety guidelines from the manufacturer. It’s worth noting that using bio-based fluids is much safer than the petroleum-based ones as they don’t pose health hazards.
Selecting the Right Type
To get the best results, remember to choose the right type of fluid. Each fluid has its unique task from making of wires and coins to the large scale machining for aerospace and medical applications. Some fluids are perfect for manganese phosphate surfaces while other work well on other coating applications.