Grinding fluids provide lubrication as well as cooling effects for production of precisely machined and ground parts. Grinding is an abrasive machining process, suited to the machining of hard materials. The use of fluids in a grinding process is important so as to cool and lubricate the wheel and workpiece and to also remove chips produced in the grinding process. The most common grinding fluids are:
● water soluble oils
● synthetic oils
● water-soluble chemical fluids
● petroleum-based oils
It is important that the fluids be applied directly to the cutting area so as to prevent the fluid being blown away because of quick rotation of the wheel.
Grinding Fluids Are Needed for Precision Grinding
All metalworking operations require fluids to produce precision parts economically. These fluids extend tool life by keeping machinery lubricated, free of chips and also cooled-down. Metalworking fluids play an important role in machining operations, having an impact on tool life and workpiece quality. In machining processes such as grinding, metalworking fluids perform a number of important functions such as lubrication, which is achieved by reduction of the friction found in the contact zones between tool and workpiece as well as between tool and chip.
Fluid use is important in the grinding process simply because it reduces the effects of friction. Grinding fluid also increases the material removal rate without damage to the workpiece surface. Cost reduction and productivity improvement are top priorities and properly applying grinding fluids can help manufacturers reach both these goals.
Remove Heat Generated at the Cutting Edges
Grinding fluid also acts as a coolant, which is essential as the grinding process creates plenty of heat. Coolant management is always important regardless of the type of machining operation being performed, but more so for grinding because of the small size of the chips. Want to know more about grinding fluids? Here at Rotem, we not only offer high quality products of superior quality, but we are very knowledgeable. Feel free to contact us today for questions and quotes!