Metalworking Fluids (MWFs) and Coolants are used for cooling, lubricating and reducing the friction between metal parts in machining operations. They are used for applications that include cutting, grinding, forming, honing, tapping, rolling, sawing and stamping. MWF’s are also used for flushing chips away from the cutting zone.
Metalworking Fluid Functions:
- Control heat
- Reduce friction
- Increase tool life
- Remove chips
- Corrosion and rust protection
- Improve surface integrity and finish
Maintain your machinery by replacing fluids and components on a regular schedule. Summertime is ideal for maintenance due to heat exposure and possible changes of chemical exposure. Some of the warning signs that can affect changes of a metalworking fluid include:
- Irregular fluid appearance
- Excessive foam
- Chips, swarf or tramp oil floating on the fluid
- Obscene smell
- Low sump level
- Dirty machines or trenches
- Skin or respiratory irritations on a worker
Avoid hazardous situations caused by MWFs with OSHA regulated personal protective equipment (PPE) that matches the needs for facilities and the workforce. Possible health-related injuries that can be caused by MWFs include skin infections, respiratory diseases and increased risk of cancer.
Related Items and Personal Protective Equipment:
Oil Skimmers are used for pre-treating, separating or removing grease and oils from water and metalworking coolants. They are used in coolant sumps, wastewater sumps, parts washers and collection tanks. Fluid Filters & Aerators and Oil Skimmer Accessories are also available.
Respiratory Protection is essential for preventing potential hazards from mist, debris and more. MSC has a full-range of quality facepieces and cartridges, masks and respirators for every application.
Gloves & Hand Protection is one of the best ways to prevent injury from chemicals, cuts, punctures, sparks and more. No matter the application, you will find the right personal gloves for your needs.
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