Reason to Convert from Flood Coolants to Micro Lubrication Systems

For decades, industrial manufacturers have used flood coolants to help lubricate machines and tools while machining and metal working. The heat produced during the metal on metal cutting process can reach temperatures high enough to degrade or even destroy the cutting piece and the tools used during that machining process. So, using flood coolants to reduce this heat has been the most common method used for some time. While it does provide some heat reduction by quenching, it has many downsides.

A less common method of industrial lubrication that provides an alternative to the ecologically unfriendly coolant flooding method is known as micro lubrication… or minimum quantity lubrication. This method uses a fraction of the lubricant needed in flood cooling. Additionally, it provides far superior friction reducing results. It’s also extremely effective in eliminating much of the friction, which is what causes the heat in the first place.

While minimum quantity lubrication, or MQL is not nearly as common, it is gaining traction and becoming more popular throughout the industrial manufacturing community, as more facilities are testing it and often converting over to micro lubrication systems and lubricants.

There are several reasons manufacturers are switching to MQL and in this article we’ll layout the 5 most compelling reasons why a manufacturer should consider converting from using flood coolants to MQL systems.

1 – Friction Reduction Properties
2 – Virtually Eliminate Cleanup Costs and Time
3 – Eco-Friendly Compared to Biologically Hazardous
4 – Cost Effective – More Efficient Manufacturing
5 – Going Green Eliminates Potential Health Risks for Your Workers