Maintaining Metalworking Fluids

All metalworking fluids, also called metal removal fluids, require some level of maintenance. Proper maintenance of metalworking fluids is critical to the smooth operation of any machining environment. Properly maintained fluids offer a variety of cost savings that outweigh any reduction a supplier can provide on a cost-per-gallon or liter basis. Managing fluids properly impacts all the following areas:

  • Reduces consumption
  • Reduces waste disposal
  • Reduces costly machine downtime
  • Improves tool life issues
  • Improves surface finish
  • Reduces corrosion on parts and machine tools
  • Reduces operator skin issues
  • Eliminates the need for costly additives

Metalworking fluids should be considered a critical component in the manufacturing process. These fluids impact a wide variety of operations throughout any machining application. Proper control of the fluids through direct monitoring will enhance the productivity and profitability of any machining operation.

Basic maintenance steps include:

  • Checking concentration levels regularly
  • Mixing fluid concentrates properly
  • Removing tramp oil
  • Filtering coolant

Chem Arrow manufactures a full line of metalworking fluids. Our highly trained sales representatives can provide training on proper metalworking fluid management. To find out more contact your local Chem Arrow representative or email

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