There are two elements in the process of metal cutting metal: a sharp edge for cutting, drilling or milling, and a rapidly rotating motor. Using a high pressure coolant system in this process can reduce friction, cool the surface and clear the cutting area of debris. The end result is high profits and reduced wear and tear on your machining equipment. How does it work?
During the process of cutting, drilling or milling, friction can create a range or problems with your machinery. Too much friction means overheated tools, which can cause damage to internal motors or even a total shutdown. Friction from the fast rotation of metal on metal can dull your cutting edges, and the debris left behind from cutting can reduce efficiency in your machining process.
Because of the heat involved in this process, you might think water wouldn’t be the answer. Won’t it evaporate? This is where the high pressure is key.
Over 200 degrees, water becomes steam and rises. Adding water to a highly heated surface will simply cause it to evaporate and drift away. With a high pressure coolant system, though, that doesn’t happen. By spraying the water in a highly concentrated, specific location — ideally as close to the point of impact as practicable — at high pressure, the water comes in repeated contact with the cutting surface, cooling it before becoming vapor. At the same time it cools, the water is clearing away debris and reducing the waste that previously was just being recut by the machine as it continued working.
By increasing the productivity and reducing wear on your equipment, the life of the machine will be extended. Contact the machine rotary table experts, CNC Indexing & Feeding Technologies, to find out more about how a high pressure coolant system can help your manufacturing processes.