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Cutting Costs in Manufacturing: Coolant Concentration Management Made Easy with Zebra Skimmers

Cost control is pivotal in maintaining a competitive edge in the challenging manufacturing arena. This reality pushes executives to seek innovative solutions and implement strategic measures that enhance operational efficiency while reducing expenses. Zebra Skimmers, backed by years of manufacturing industry experience, champions this drive by providing cutting-edge solutions that cater to your cost-control motives.

One of these endeavors involves an essential aspect of CNC operations: coolant concentration management. Achieving the correct coolant concentrations in CNC machines is not just a routine check, it’s an efficient, cost-cutting strategy that plays an influential role in your bottom line.


How do you mix coolant concentrate with water?

Check the manufacturer’s guidelines for the recommended coolant concentration for your CNC machine and the material you are machining. Typical concentrations range from 3% to 10% but vary significantly depending on the machining application. Many of our customers use Venturi mixers to properly manage the concentrations. Just set the dial and you are good to go!

Regularly check the concentration of your coolant using a refractometer, as evaporation and the addition of new coolant can alter the concentration over time.

Remember, the goal is to maintain the effectiveness of your coolant within a specific pH value, reduce waste, and ensure a safe and productive working environment.

Additionally, follow your machine’s coolant requirements and the coolant manufacturer’s instructions.


What tools ensure proper coolant mixing?

Proper coolant mixing is crucial for CNC machine performance and longevity.

Here are tools for accurate coolant mixing:

  1. Refractometer: A refractometer is a necessary tool in a machinist’s toolbox for monitoring the concentration of a mixture. Its function is to measure the refractive index of the mixture which changes based on the concentration of the coolant. By comparing this measurement to a chart or scale provided by the coolant manufacturer, you can determine the concentration of your mixture.
  2. pH Test Strips: A pH test strip measures the acidity or alkalinity of your coolant. This is important because a coolant that is too acidic or too alkaline can cause corrosion in your machine, certainly reducing its lifespan. Most coolants should have a pH between 8 and 10.
  3. Venturi Mixer or Proportioning Pump: If you want to ensure that your coolant is mixed properly from the start, a venturi mixer or proportioning pump is a great tool. These products automatically mix the right amount of coolant concentrate with water, reducing the risk of errors.
  4. Water Hardness Testing Sticks: The quality of the water you use to mix your coolant can also affect its performance. By dipping the testing stick into the coolant, it provides a quick visual indication of the water hardness, which is important to consider for proper coolant mixing and generally maintaining the coolant’s effectiveness.

Keep in mind, these tools offer valuable data, but they don’t replace routine maintenance and inspection. Always adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines for coolant upkeep and watch for any potential issues.


The Economics of Coolant Concentration Management

Keeping CNC coolant concentrations within the correct range offers multiple benefits that directly contribute to cost savings. First, it significantly preserves the coolant’s effectiveness. Diluted coolant can escalate machine and tool wear, accelerating replacement costs and slowing down your manufacturing process. Ensuring the right concentration of coolant mitigates these risks, extends the life of the coolant, and thereby minimizes the need for frequent replacements.

Moreover, implementing regular maintenance of your CNC machines and tools can help circumvent expensive breakdowns and repairs, further extending the life of your machinery. By investing in high-quality, long-lasting tools, you can keep replacement costs at bay. To amplify your savings, consider choosing products and solutions from the Zebra Skimmers catalog, which are designed to reduce your energy expenditure over time.

Lean Manufacturing, Automation, and Coolant Efficiency

Optimizing coolant concentration isn’t just about the right mix. It’s also about leveraging lean manufacturing techniques, such as eliminating redundant steps and especially using automation in your production process. These measures can enhance your production efficiency, decrease waste, and reduce downtime. Careful planning and organization of your production process, augmented by technology, can bolster your machine’s output and extend coolant lifespan.

Integrating automation into your CNC operations offers a myriad of benefits. It increases speed and precision, raising your output and improving product quality. By reducing the need for manual labor, you can cut labor costs. Moreover, automation minimizes human errors that lead to material wastage, providing further savings.


Your Partner in Cost Control

As an experienced manufacturer based in the USA, Zebra Skimmers understands the unique challenges and opportunities in the manufacturing industry. Our website offers a suite of solutions designed to help you maintain coolant concentrations within the correct range, extend the life of your coolants, and reduce waste, all while ensuring a safer, more efficient production process.

Explore our site today and take the first step towards a more profitable tomorrow.



About Zebra Skimmers:

Our mission has always been simple. It is to provide the metal working industry with the oil skimmers and metalworking fluid management systems they need to complete jobs quickly and efficiently. Innovative and affordable solutions have gained us many accolades. Our continued growth is due in no small part to our excellent customer service… Not to mention our satisfaction guarantees and the performance of our tools.

Among our diverse options of oil skimmers and metal working fluid management systems, you can expect to find: