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Cast Iron Machining – Removing Graphite from Cutting Fluids

The graphite released from machining cast iron quickly fouls filtration media, preventing flow. The concentration of graphite particles, as well as the iron particles increases so that large amounts of sludge build up at the bottom of takes, lines and machine bases. To remove the sludge, production must be shut down for manual cleaning. In addition to the labor […]

Achieving Quantifiable Results Through Sustainable Manufacturing

After World War II, as the United States quickly transformed from an agricultural society to an industrial one and the start of the modern-day environmental movement had begun. In the first 25 years of this movement, the US spent more than $1 trillion to address environmental threats caused by commercial activities. Since that time, being environmentally responsible, has been […]

Cutting Fluid’s Vital Role in Extending Tool Life

Cutting fluids play a very important role in metalworking by providing lubrication to the working area which decreases the amount of heat generated while cutting—preventing tools from exceeding critical temperature ranges. However, cutting fluid deteriorates over time as it becomes contaminated with tramp oils, metal fines, and bacteria. As it breaks down, it can damage machining tools, pumps, and […]

Considering Environmental Impact Beyond Mere Compliance

Wastewater treatment is an increasingly critical topic that has been discussed at the highest levels of government and major corporations. To find a sustainable approach, companies can employ many different strategies to help go beyond mere compliance and begin the process of positively impacting global water quality. According to the 2017 United Nations World Water Development Report, more than […]

Setting The Groundwork For Equipment Performance & Return

The ability to recover valuable cutting fluid from metalworking scrap provides manufacturers the ability to reduce new fluid purchases and other related expenses like haul-away and disposal costs. Because the scrap is separated from the fluid the metalworking operation can also improve the value of its scrap going to the recycler. Companies weighing the options when purchasing new capital […]

Reliable Unattended Production

Most people are familiar with Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART technology)—in the form of many consumer devices such as mobile phones, fitness wristbands, and home thermostats. Companies in the manufacturing industry are rapidly incorporating this technology into everyday operations with a network of small, affordable, internet-connected computers and sensors (IIoT). Applying these internet-enabled, data-driven devices to the industrial […]

Protecting Your Workforce

Accidents and injuries in the workplace are going down in the US, but the costs associated with them continue to go up. There is a long way to go in reducing these costs, especially in certain areas of the metalworking industry. Fortunately, there are solutions available to decision-makers when they choose to seriously consider the application and benefits provided […]

Good Housekeeping’s Positive Effect on Profit, Productivity, and Purpose

The United States the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration states that good housekeeping in the workplace not only creates a cleaner, safer workplace, but also promotes positive behaviors, habits and attitudes. However, to fully reap the benefits, the administration recommends that good housekeeping be maintained throughout the workday. This helps to avoid the physical consequences […]

Back-End Solutions That Move Profit Margins in a Positive Direction

Metalworking operations are often faced with unavoidable costs that are beyond their control. Two of the largest this year have been tariffs, and the cost of cutting fluids. Fortunately, there are many back-end solutions to help offset these costs that will add more value to metal scrap and spend fluids, and move profit margins in a positive direction. Machine […]

3 Automated Equipment Solutions That Can Help You Cope with a Skilled Worker Shortage

Metalworking operations aren’t struggling to find work these days, thanks to a strong economy and a healthy construction market. Unfortunately, the dwindling number of highly skilled workers with deep industry knowledge poses a more serious problem that must be dealt with to ensure that productivity keeps pace with demand. According to industrial supply company Grainger, 59% of metalworking firms […]