Grand Haven Steel recently completed a trial of Tool-X in a grinding application. According to Robert Lovell, President & CEO of Grand Haven Steel, “So far I am very pleased with the results of our grinding test”. He reports, “We have been testing the water based Tool-X additive in our grinder for two weeks on our most difficult part. The material is heat treated 17-4 PH stainless steel. We were able to increase the parts per dress from 15 to 20 ( 33 % ) and reduce the cycle time from 64 seconds to 40 seconds ( 37 % ).
This decreased cycle time will cut their costs per part substantially, and the grinding wheels are also working more effectively and lasting longer.
This improvement in cycle times while grinding echos the results we have seen on CNC turning machines (see Case Study 104), where we reported extended tool life. In general, adding Tool-X allows the operator to improve performance, with trade-offs between faster feeds and speeds, improved surface finish, and extended tool life. We have reported faster cycle times in Swiss Screw Machines (Case Study 101) and in Horizontal Milling applications (Case Study 102).
We hope to complete and post a case study in the next few weeks.
Tool-X LLC, together with its partner, Northwest Oil, has introduced its new semi-synthetic water base working fluid – Tool-X SS-500.
Previously, Tool-X was only available as an additive for commercially available working fluids. As the composition and formulations of water base working fluids vary substantially from manufacturer to manufacturer, testing was often required to determine optimum additive levels, dilutions, and maintenance practices. While Tool-X has been tested and validated with many of the main brands (including Blaser, MasterChem, and Houghton), some customers wanted assurances that their oils were compatible. Others wanted the convenience of a fully formulated product which could just be added as needed.
Tool-X SS-500 meets those requirements for assured compatibility, performance, and convenience. For many customers, it will also be a lower-cost solution. There are cost savings from blending the nano product directly into the formulated oil, and the big upfront cost of adding Tool-X as an additive all at once can be avoided. Instead, the concentration of Tool-X nanoparticles gradually increases as the coolant is replaced (the nano particles typically have lower drag-out than the water-based coolant). It may take two months to see the full effect of Tool-X under these conditions. Ask your Tool-X representative for more information and recommendations.
For a complete spec sheet, download it here. For the sales flyer, download it here.