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Pros and Cons of Full Synthetic Metal Working Fluids

Posted by Chemtool Team | 08/27/2019

In previous blogs we’ve discussed advantages, disadvantages, and best applications for the four main metalworking fluid types: Straight oils, soluble oils, full synthetics, and semi-synthetics. In...

Categories: MWF, metalworking fluids

Judging a Grease by its Color: Is ‘what we see’ an appropriate grease-evaluation method?

Posted by Chemtool Team | 08/13/2019

Although an important feature of every grease, color does not typically impart any performance properties. Color can, however, indicate the presence of certain grease additives, and the grey to...

Categories: grease

Semi-Synthetic Metalworking Fluid Pros, Cons, and Options

Posted by Chemtool Team | 07/30/2019

In previous blogs, we’ve discussed advantages, disadvantages and best applications for the four main metalworking fluid types: straight oils, soluble oils, full synthetics, and semi-synthetics. In...

Categories: MWF, metalworking fluids

Grease Compatibility, Charts and Testing: What is the most reliable method for determining grease compatibility?

Posted by Chemtool Team | 07/16/2019

We stated in an earlier blog that greases should not be mixed and the general recommendation for compatibility determination is to consult the standard ASTM D6185. Still, grease and equipment...

Categories: grease

Conducting an Effective Fluid Trial in Three Basic Steps

Posted by Chemtool Team | 07/02/2019

Previously, we recommended trialing new metalworking fluids and listed reasons to request a trial. But what’s the best way to conduct one?

This post covers best practices for a metalworking fluid...

Categories: MWF, metalworking fluids

Grease Storage and Handling Tips That Pay

Posted by Chemtool Team | 06/18/2019

Even under perfect conditions, grease can lose performance capabilities and eventually become unusable if stored too long. In less than optimal conditions, the process is hastened, wasting time...

Categories: grease

Hard Water: Qualities, Problems, and Solutions

Posted by Chemtool Team | 06/05/2019

Water is essential to the use of many metalworking fluids—in most cases, the fluid in a machine is 90% water or more—in part because nothing beats water for easy cooling. But hard water can...

Categories: MWF, metalworking fluids

How to Maximize the Shelf Life of Industrial Grease

Posted by Chemtool Team | 05/22/2019

The shelf life of an industrial grease is a major factor to consider in proper inventory management to guarantee its suitability for use and its ability to deliver the desired performance in the...

Categories: grease

What You Need to Know About Mixing Industrial Greases

Posted by Chemtool Team | 05/08/2019

Grease compatibility articles and charts abound, making the mixing of greases appear to be a convenient method to make decisions. But compatibility charts are not all the same. Add to that the...

Categories: grease

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