The main objective in working with metalworking fluids(MWFs) is to extend their operating life as long as possible. Microbial contamination remains one of the key reasons why MWFs fail prematurely. Degradation of MWFs not only leads to premature failure but also can cause health and safety concerns to workers maintaining them.
Flow cytometry, a powerful novel tool to rapidly assess bacterial viability in metal working fluids: Proof-of-principleJoseph Frio2019-02-04T16:39:03-04:00
One major problem in the metalworking fluid industry is bacterial growth; however, a fast yet accurate method to evaluate and predict the fluid’s antibacterial capacity is currently lacking. Quaker’s novel tool’s protocol is based on flow cytometry to assess the antibacterial potential of newly developed cutting fluids independent of bacterial growth.
Reprinted with permission from the March 2018 issue of TLT, the official monthly magazine of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, an international not-for-profit technical society headquartered in Park Ridge, Illinois.