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.
In today’s world, longwall mining faces considerable challenges. The difference between a productive operation and an inefficient one often boils down to the right combination of people and products. For over 30 years, Quaker Chemical has continued to challenge the status quo for fire-resistant fluids used in some of the largest hydraulic cylinders in the world: longwall mining machinery.
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.
In tinplating steel operations, the latest efforts to reduce costs and environmental impact are requiring expensive equipment upgrades. Quaker Chemical has devised a new, cost-effective solution that works with all existing lines.
Most component failures are the direct result of contaminated hydraulic oil, and the expense of having to replace hydraulic components damaged by contamination is often eclipsed by the even higher cost of unscheduled downtime for the machine. Learn how hydraulic fluid cleanliness can be measured using several techniques and reporting methods.
One of the most difficult but important jobs in hydraulic fluid maintenance is taking a proper and representative sample. For properties like acidity, viscosity and moisture it generally doesn’t matter where the sample is taken. However, when it comes to determining the cleanliness of a hydraulic fluid, it makes a big difference at what location the sample is taken.
The total acid number (TAN) is an analytical test to determine the deterioration of lubricants in service due to oxidation. As a fluid degrades with oxidation, the viscosity increases as well as the levels of corrosive acids, soot and varnish, along with the danger of component failure.
One of the most important functions for the maintenance of a hydraulic system is proper filtration. Most component failures are the direct result of contaminated hydraulic oil, and the expense of having to replace hydraulic components damaged by contamination is often eclipsed by the even higher cost of unscheduled downtime for the machine.
Review how a comprehensive filtration program can be tailored to meet the needs of any fluid and will fit all operational environments, and how hydraulic fluid filtration offers equipment owners and users an opportunity to extend component life, increase production time, and reduce costs
In mining operations, a fire can increase the risk of personal injuries, as well as heighten the likelihood of losses in both capital and production. These losses include not only potential damage to buildings and equipment, but can encompass interruption in production that can idle operations for days or even months. Learn about the pros and cons of alternative solutions to mineral oil-based hydraulic fluids