Why cookie cutter micro lubrication applications are less effective

As a leader in the industrial lubrication equipment industry, Maglube designs and installs custom applications for virtually every customer they have and have been doing so for over 2 decades.

This truly sets them apart from virtually every competitor. Their unique method of engineering, designing, testing and installing each MQL system, for each specific customer’s machine is extremely rare. The reasons they spend the time and resources to do this are simple. They provide the most cost effective and reliable system that performs better than all others in the industry.

While Maglube may be a family owned business, started in 1995… it’s not family sized. They provide state of the art minimum quantity lubrication systems for a wide range of manufacturers across the USA and have recently begun venturing into the global market.

Continued growth in the minimum quantity lubrication industry

Continued growth can be attributed to one thing; When Maglube gets a new customer, that customer never leaves. If you think about it, why would they? In your facility, if you find a more cost effective, more efficient and much cleaner solution for lubricating your machines, there would be no reason to switch back.

Many existing customers were using flood coolant or misting systems. But after discovering how much more effective it was using Maglube MQL compared to flood cooling, they’ll never return to the old methods. Custom applications used in conjunction with Maglube’s series of organic eco friendly lubricants deliver the best lubrication results, for pretty much every manufacturing process there is.

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In this article, I’ll refer many times to an interview I recently did with JB, Maglube’s VP and head of engineering and custom application design. You can listen that interview audio on Soundcloud. But we also placed it below this article for your convenience.

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The various machines that utilize micro lubrication systems

You may be curious what applications or what type of machines are Maglube’s systems used for? I ask JB this question.

Jeff:

So, as a leader in industrial lubrication equipment, what types of machines do you focus on at MagLube?

JB:

Almost anything. Almost everything. Bandsaws, routers, mills, lathes, roll formers, benders, punch presses, sanders, grinders, deep drilling, chain lubrication. If there's heat or friction we can help.

Jeff:

Now, is that primarily for metal working?

JB:

It's mostly metal working, but it goes beyond that. We are in the wood industry and we are also in chain lubrication. If you can imagine big factories taking chains to move… let's say cars around to a different section of the assembly line, we can keep the chains lubricated to maintain their integrity..

Custom designed and engineered MQL systems for each specific machine

In our interview, this brought to mind just how many different machines there are out there. There are literally thousands. So, I asked how they decide which system to install on which machine?

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Jeff:

With so many applications, how do you know which system to build?

JB:

It varies, depends on several different variables. First of which is how many points of lubrication is required? That really determines how many pumps or how big that system's going to be. The second thing we look at is how do you want to activate the system? Since it's a pneumatic system there's always air traveling through it, so the system can be activated from a pilot valve or slide valve and manually activated. We can also wire it into the PLC using a 24 volt, 110, 240 dual rated solenoids. It's just depending on; when do you want the system to activate? Say, when a spindle becomes active and it starts cutting metal or when a drill advances or the arm of a bandsaw lowers, that signal can activate our system just so there's not any wasted lubrication and it's only being used when it needs to be used.

Why nozzle positioning becomes so important for maximum efficiency

Now I had a grasp on how the MQL system activated. But I wasn’t exactly sure how and where the lubricant was applied? I knew they use nozzles in the setup, but wasn’t sure how they decide which one to use, or where to install it? So, I dug a little deeper to learn those details.

Jeff:

Okay. So, going a little deeper into that. How do you determine the best nozzle or the delivery system to best apply the lubricant to the cutting tool? Also, does the way you set up those nozzles, does it depend on the different type of ... Like if it's a bandsaw does it depend on that, like how many different teeth the blade ... Does it depend on the type of blade it is? Kind of expand on the nozzles in that set up a little bit.

JB:

Well, the nozzles are probably in my opinion the most important aspect to run a successful application. It's also a limitless and evolving part of our business that's putting us miles ahead of the competition. We're up against companies that mainly use off the shelf products and cookie cutter products that might work on certain types of machines. But there's hundreds of types of machines out there that I couldn't see how cookie cutter products could work across the board. That's ... mainly one of the things we became really good at… customizing our delivery systems or our nozzles to specific machines, because you're going to have situations where there's limitations on sizes… or you've got to get into a certain area, that maybe just your typical Loc-Line nozzle wouldn't get into.

Custom designing and building components for Maglube systems

So, once again my thoughts came back to the sheer number and variety of machines out there being used by manufacturers. When you think about all the machines mentioned earlier in the article that benefit from using Maglube micro lubrication… there were CNC machines, bandsaws, drill presses, etc., plus many more. Then, all those different machines are manufactured by several different manufacturers.

So, how can Maglube possibly have the correct system and parts for each and every one of these machines? Well, that’s what you’ll find really separates Maglube from the competition. They take the time and spend the resources to custom build every part needed to assure that every system they provide will perform with maximum efficiency. Here’s what JB had to say about that.

Jeff:

So, when you design something like that, you actually design it… like on a computer program? Then, you literally manufacture and build those parts yourself, in your own shop? Or… what do you do?

JB:

We use SolidWorks, which is I think one of the best 3D CAD modeling systems out there. For instance, we deal a lot with machine builders. So, they'll actually send us the files of the machine that they're building. Then I can incorporate a lubrication system and a delivery system into their machine and actually do it blind. Whatever we create on SolidWorks we take that and machine it with our own CNC machine's and machine shop.

So, we're actually able to take the machine and virtually have it here in our office and retrofit what we need to, to make it a successful application.

On site system installation and testing by certified Maglube technician

Personally, I think this is extraordinary. I am familiar with some of their competitors and they don’t go through this customizing process, taking the time and resources to assure the perfect MQL system. As stated earlier… they just use off the shelf… or cookie cutter products and role the dice… hoping it performs “good enough”. Customer service does still matter. Maglube commits to providing the best customer service in the industry.

However, if you’ve ever put a puzzle together… imagine for one minute, when you first pour all those puzzle pieces onto the table. It’s difficult to have even the slightest idea where to begin, and how to build that puzzle. So, thinking about assembling one of Maglube’s micro lubrication systems seems somewhat like trying to put a puzzle together to me. But that’s another reason Maglube sets themselves apart from the competition. They will come to your facility, after custom designing and building your system to install it, test it and calibrate it for your company.

Jeff:

Now, this is one of the huge things that actual differentiates you from a lot of your competition, because a lot of them either they don't have the ability to do this or they just don't take the time and enough customer care to do it.

So at this point, you actually send a rep, a MagLube rep there to actually install it and test it and make sure it's working.

JB:

Correct. We want to install it correctly, because I mean, it's one thing to have a system that is going to work and pump lubricant when it needs to, but that doesn't matter a hill of beans if you're not getting the proper delivery system, to actually deliver the lubrication to exactly where it needs to go. You kinda gotta have both of those working hand in hand for it to be a successful application.

Why Maglube organically formulated lubricants perform at top levels

One final subject I wanted to cover is the organic – biodegradable lubricants Maglube has formulated over the years. These lubricants are eco friendly and work to perfection with their own applicators. But I was curious if their lubricants work well on other systems that maybe aren’t Maglube systems. So, I had him talk a bit about that.

Jeff:

A lot of times with your system it's not, more is better, whereas I mean, I'm sure a lot of companies would just sell more and more fluid or lubricant. With Maglube, sometimes actually a lot less lubricant is more effective in actually helping the cutting process. Is that correct?

JB:

Used properly, you're going to be using ounces a day. That's all going to be consumed in the cut, no over-spray, dry parts and no stained parts. As opposed to gallons and as opposed to a messy shop that's just flooded with hazardous coolant. So, used properly it's a more dry, safer environment with better finishes and it's really effective in reducing costs across the board. Not only in lubricant uses, but also dry chips have more value. Also, extended tool life saves however much money in the manufacturing process.

Not only that. You have to have a system that works with the machine, that our system's going to do what the machine tells it to, when to activate, when the cut is being made. You need a delivery system that is going to hit every point of lubrication it needs to, accurately and at the right angle. On top of that, depending on what kind of tooling you're using and what kind of metal you're cutting. We've got several different lubricants that ... You know, one works great with aluminum. It's probably the best out there in the market. We've got some that work for more tricky metals like inconel or nickel. We've got lubricant that works with steel.

Jeff:

What are the lubricant names on those?

JB:

We've got 300L.

Jeff:

Okay. So, it's MagLube 300L. Is that for the ... Which one is that? What type of metal?

JB:

Aluminum.

Jeff:

Okay.

JB:

MD200 is our medium duty lubricant and that generally works with just about everything. It's just a general purpose lubricant and it does really well on most all applications. HD is our heavy duty for doing steels, things that have a lot of heat, a lot of pressure. HD's got that extreme pressure additive that will kind of reduce that heat a little bit more and give you a little better cut when you're working with some tricky things.

Our 300A has been great on stamping and roll forming. 300A has been really good on any non-ferrous metals.

Jeff:

Ok JB… well thank you for taking time with me today. This was very informative.

Wrapping up this assessment of Maglube’s custom MQL process

After this deep dive into Maglube as a company, their process, their commitment to customer satisfaction and ability to provide customized – state of the art services to each customer, maybe it’s time to see about using their systems in your manufacturing process?

As you learned in this interview, they’re committed to making sure every machine they provide systems for will run at maximum efficiency. So, if you are a company owner or in the position to make decisions, I suggest making the call today to speak with a Maglube representative. They’ll be more than happy, explaining to you how they can help to transform your manufacturing process.

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

Micro lubricants use only microscopic amounts of the lubricant, which is applied in the exact spot needed during the cutting, or machining process. Because of the chemical composition of the lubricant, it forms a thin coating on the cutting tool and work piece. If the lubricant is formulated properly, like the micro lubricants developed by Maglube, it can provide up to 300 times the lubricity of some flood coolant fluids. This is due to the chemical make up of the lubricant.

For example, at Maglube, our metalworking fluids are formulated with environmentally friendly organic oils, which form a microscopic coating of friction reducing lubricant, delivered in the precise spot it is needed during the cutting process. This micro lubricant coating performs substantially better than alternative methods of flood cooling.

See…. flood coolant fluids don’t actually reduce the friction during that cutting process. They simply cool the work piece and tool by quenching the heat after it’s been produced. So, that’s basically treating the symptom, not addressing the problem. MQL addresses the problem by reducing the friction during the cutting process.  Which then leads to additional benefits gained by using micro lubrication.

2 – Virtually Eliminate Cleanup Costs and Time

In the previous section we discussed how micro lubrication uses minimal amounts of metalworking fluids in comparison to flood coolant methods. Because of the fact that 99.9% of our lubricants are burnt up during that cutting process… it means the cleanup after the machining process is virtually eliminated. The only cleanup required after machining with micro-lubricants is done by simply sweeping or vacuuming the dry cutting chips into a container to be recycled. Contrast that to the cleanup process required when using flood coolants and I’m sure you can imagine the cost savings and time savings gained by using MQL, not to mention the hazards of handling biologically unfriendly substances present in many petroleum-based fluids used in flood cooling.

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So just the time savings alone means more efficiency in your manufacturing facility. Time is money! When your workers need to shut down production, so they can clean up the hazardous mess after a run using flood coolants, it’s costing your company money. That same scenario using Maglube’s MQL systems would have your production team onto the next run, instead of wasting time with the cleanup.

Additionally, because the cutting chips after a run using MQL are dry and clean, they can be placed directly into a recycling bin without needing any further cleanup. So, not only are you turning your waste, or cutting chips into an asset… your workers are spending more time producing instead of cleaning. Time is money, so MQL will save you money.

3 – Eco-Friendly Compared to Biologically Hazardous

The 21st century has brought with it an awareness of how we as humans can potentially have a detrimental effect on the environment. Industrial manufacturing is probably the industry that’s received more attention than any other… and for good reason.

In machining and manufacturing, whether it be metal, wood, plastics or rubber… we use a variety of processes. We cut, mold, bend, stamp and apply a variety of processes to the different types of materials used to create the products we all use in our everyday lives. In virtually every one of these applications… there are lubricants used to make the process more efficient, run smoother and to allow us to move faster, producing as much as possible in as short amount of time as possible. Because time is money… especially in manufacturing.

With the introduction of MQL or micro lubrication, we’ve eliminated a potentially eco-unfriendly part of the process. Because minimum quantity lubrication uses such a small amount of fluids, there’s no need for cleanup after a production run. Contrast that to a production run using petroleum-based flood coolants and you’ll quickly understand why micro lubrication is far more ecologically acceptable in today’s manufacturing process.

With up to 99.9% of the lubricant being used or burnt up during the cutting process, there’s nothing remaining that needs to be disposed. That’s just not the case with the fluids used in flood cooling. These chemicals have the need to be disposed properly. But many facilities don’t do this. They simply hose down their machines after production, allowing those eco-unfriendly wastes to be washed down the drain, eventually making it back into the environment.

This one benefit alone should be a compelling enough reason for any manufacturer to investigate the possibility of converting to micro lubrication systems. With Maglube’s MQL systems and coolants, your facility can go lean and green today.

If saving the environment isn’t quite compelling enough, keep reading as we continue explaining the 5 top reasons to convert to MQL.

4 – Cost Effective – More Efficient Manufacturing

So, we’ve established that micro-lubrication provides superior lubrication during the machining process, it can virtually eliminate cleanup time and costs, plus it offers a green alternative to the formerly hazardous methods. These qualities are reason enough to consider converting to Maglube MQL. But, when it comes down to it, the most compelling reason to go lean and switch to minimum quantity lubrication is simple… it will save money over time… a lot of money.

Depending on the type of machine being used, it is normal to use only 1 – 2 ounces of metalworking fluid during an entire 8-hour shift with our custom designed and calibrated MQL system. When we compare that to the gallons of fluids needed during the same period of manufacturing time for flood coolants, we can see a substantial savings on lubricant costs. Because of the high quality of our organically formulated lubricants, they will have a higher price tag when compared ounce for ounce. However, because we use only a fraction of the amount needed during the machining process compared to its’ counterpart… micro-lubrication is the less expensive option.

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But coolant costs are not the only place savings occur. Over time, if we calculate the hours of cleanup time required by the workers in a flood coolant application, there is a substantial savings in labor cost alone with our MQL systems. Because like we’ve already discussed… there is virtually no cleanup required with these systems. When you start calculating the hours spent on cleanup over time, it can be quite substantial. The bigger the manufacturing facility, the more these saved hours of labor cost begin to add up. The difference between spending only seconds to sweep or vacuum the dry cutting chips with MQL compared to the hours required to cleanup flood coolant waste is staggering if you consider an entire year of manufacturing in your facility.

It doesn’t stop there. Because our premium quality organic oils provide superior lubrication properties, all the machines, blades, bits, etc. being used in the cutting process have a minimal amount of heat produced during the cutting process, which means they will last much longer. Heat is the biggest factor why your machines and tools wear out, so reducing… or virtually eliminating heat in the cutting process will prolong tool life. That just makes common sense, and we’ve seen first hand how it has positively affected our customer’s bottom dollar.

5 – Going Green Eliminates Potential Health Risks for Your Workers

So far, we’ve discussed numerous benefits of using Maglube MQL systems. When considering these benefits, it’s obvious that micro lubrication can potentially be a game changer for any manufacturing facility. Not only is it a much more ecologically friendly solution, but the bottom line is it flat saves money. Isn’t that what we’re all in this industry for… to make a profit?

Saving the environment and making more money are powerful benefits of converting to micro-lubrication in your company. But this last reason is without a doubt, the most important reason when considering a conversion.

MQL eliminates potential health concerns your workers are facing every day by being exposed to the petroleum-based chemicals contained in most flood coolant fluids. It will transform a manufacturing facility from a foggy, toxic mist filled shop into a clean and lean production line that has the appearance of an FDA – SQF Level 3 production facility. It only makes common sense that a cleaner working environment produces better quality products and does it more efficiently.

Eliminating flood coolants in manufacturing by converting to Maglube near dry systems will provide workers a better, cleaner and more worker friendly environment. Worker’s time will be spent on actual manufacturing, not cleaning and avoiding work place accidents due to unsafe conditions.

By transforming your facility into a cleaner and greener workplace, you can eliminate the potential health risks associated with traditional flood coolant methods.

Final MQL Thoughts

When considering all the benefits associated with micro-lubrication systems, we hope we’ve presented evidence in this article that inspires you to at least explore the possibilities of switching over to MQL.

We realize many of you are satisfied with the systems you already have in place. But we feel strongly that if you’ll take a deeper look and investigate what Maglube can do for your facility, you’ll realize that our products and systems offer compelling reasons why you should convert from flood coolants, to Maglube’s MQL Systems.

At Maglube, we provide environmentally friendly – biodegradable lubricants and systems for 21st century machining. Contact us today – Toll Free (800) 441-2023

Enhance Your Equipment’s Performance with an Eco-Friendly Aluminum Lubricant

Milling machines, industrial presses, and circular saws are only some of the necessary tools within the manufacturing industry. While these tools are highly resilient, they’re by no means invincible when it comes to signs of wear and tear throughout their use. Regular maintenance is needed to keep your equipment in prime condition and when it comes to regular upkeep, consistent lubrication with an aluminum lubricant should be your first priority.

When shopping for the right aluminum lubricant, we recommend one of our eco-friendly lubricants offered at MagLube.com. Our top-of-the-line lubricants are leagues above the competition and we customize each product to fit whatever application it’s needed for.

Eco-Friendly Lubrication Systems

An environmentally friendly aluminum lubricant from MagLube provides a variety of benefits both within and outside of the workplace. Other lubricants are packed full of harsh, potentially hazardous chemicals, but our line of industrial lubricants are manufactured with organic oils that not only provide optimal performance, but help reduce a workplace’s carbon footprint.

High Lubricity

Another primary benefit of using our company’s lubricants is the high lubricity they provide to machinery. Many of the oils used in our products are much higher in lubricity than our competitors and will provide a smoother, safer working experience. Each aluminum lubricant in our line of products works to eliminate friction and reduce heat which thereby increases the lifetime of your equipment and ensures the safety of anyone who operates it.

Affordable Quality Product

In addition to being eco-friendly and high in lubricity, we make sure our lubricants are affordable on virtually any budget. This allows both large and small manufacturing outfits to experience the difference our lubricants can make on their workplace productivity. Each aluminum lubricant is available in a variety of convenient sizes, including 4-gallon cases, 5 gallon pails, and 55-gallon drums.

With the proper care and maintenance, your machining equipment can last for decades, if not an entire lifetime. If you’re searching for ways to extend the life of your tools and equipment while drastically improving their performance, regular lubrication is something you cannot skip. For all of the best industrial lubrication systems, shop our line of eco-friendly lubricants today at MagLube.com.

Operate Machinery Safely with MagLube’s Aluminum Lubricant

Although every profession poses various levels of safety hazards, few of them require workers to operate the heavy-duty machinery found in most metal shops and manufacturing facilities. Whether you’re a seasoned metalworker or have only recently entered the profession, there are a number of rules you’ll need to adhere to for the sake of your personal safety, such as using a high quality aluminum lubricant on the machinery. Regardless of how much experience you have in the field of metalworking, the following tips are sure to serve you well.

1. Avoid Using Machinery You’re Unfamiliar With

When you use machinery that you have no prior experience with, you’re liable to end up with some serious injuries. Though some feel that acknowledging lack of experience is embarrassing in a workplace full of professionals, but altering your team members that you’re new at operating certain machinery can benefit both you and your team. If you’re ever put in a position that requires you to use equipment you’re not familiar with, request the assistance of a more experienced coworker to avoid potential harm.

2. Keep the Machinery Well-Maintained with Aluminum Lubricant

Machinery that isn’t properly maintained poses a number of risks to metalworkers and stands to compromise the quality of their work. With this in mind, keep your tools well-oiled with a high-quality aluminum lubricant system and make sure to have them cleaned and inspected on a regular basis. An aluminum lubricant from our manufacturers at MagLube will not only effectively lubricate your machinery, but their eco-friendly composition will provide a safer use overall.

3. Clean Up Spills Immediately

Oil spills are common in most metal shops, and it’s in everyone’s best interest that they are cleaned up immediately! Not only do oil spills create general slipping hazards, but spills around dangerous machinery can result in a disastrous accident when workers slip while on the job. Be sure to take care and clean up any tools or cylinders that find their way onto the floor ASAP.

If the proper precautions aren’t taken, metalworking can be a perilous profession. Fortunately, by asking for assistance, investing in a high quality aluminum lubricant, and cleaning up any messes, metalworkers can avoid accidents and help ensure their personal safety. For more information on our products, shop our line of lubricants today at MagLube.com.

Keep Your Tools Running Smoothly with MagLube Band Saw Lubricant

Band saws are an important tool which can be used to cut metal in a variety of different ways. These convenient pieces of equipment are common sights in manufacturing facilities, shop classes, and private workshops. As a high-powered saw, a band saw should be operated with the utmost caution and will need high quality band saw lubricant to keep them running smoothly. Whether you’ve been using them for years or have only recently began working with them, the following tops can help you stay safe while operating a band saw.

1. Stay on Top of Maintenance

If a band saw isn’t properly maintained, both your personal safety and the quality of your work will be put at risk. To ensure that the saw remains well-oiled, invest in a dependable band saw lubricant from MagLube today! Cleaning the band saw after every use will help prevent dust and debris from building up and finding its way inside the gears of your equipment. Even if your saw blade is resilient, it’s not going to last forever, so make sure you lubricate with a specialized band saw lubricant and replace dull blades as soon as possible.

2. Be Aware of Where Your Hands Are

When operating a band saw, keep your hands well out of the line of cut. This means never pushing metal directly into a blade or having your hands anywhere near the blade while the tool is in use. With this in mind, anchor your hands firmly on the workbench or table, and push the metal using only your fingers. By keeping your hands out of the way, a serious workplace accident can be avoided, ensuring your safety and that work can resume as usual.

No workshop, be it private or industrial, is complete without a reliable band saw in its equipment arsenal. Although band saw accidents are fairly easy to avoid with safety precautions and high quality band saw lubricant, there is no excuse to let your guard down when operating one. The next time you find yourself working with a band saw, make sure the pointers discussed above are fresh in your mind.

For quality, eco-friendly band saw lubricant, look no further than MagLube.com. Contact us today at (770) 888-4470 for more information on all of our lubrication systems and products.

What is a MQL System and How Does It Benefit the Machining Industry?

“Minimum Quantity Lubrication”, or MQL, is an alternative lubrication system to the traditional metalworking fluids utilized in machining outfits. Often called “Minimal Quantity Lubrication”, “Near-Dry Machining”, or “Micro-Lubrication”, this process can be difficult to grasp if you’re used to the MWFs that many metalworking machines come pre-equipped with. Though the concept is different, a MQL system has a variety of benefits to those in the machining and metalworking industries.

Though the use of coolants as MWFs is extremely easy, the coolant needs to be run through other equipment to recirculate, filter, test, and treat it in order to avoid bacterial contamination when used. This not only runs the risk of affecting your workers’ health, but it also drastically increases costs. It’s due to these negative effects that a MQL system really shines in comparison.

For a system that saves businesses money and eliminates the mess, disposal process, and other negative impacts of coolant, it’s not as widely utilized as one would think. Though it has gained more use in recent years, there are still many machining outfits that haven’t grasped the immense benefits a MQL system brings their manufacturing company.

Rather than using coolant, a MQL system will utilize a lubricant instead in as little quantities as possible, hence the name. Since a MQL applicator will only use around 8 ounces of lubrication within a regular 8 hour shift, the immense cost savings a MQL system provides is incredibly obvious. Not only that, but this system also reduces the mess created with transferring coolants from one machine to the other. The minimum quantity lubrication method also does its best to utilize the exact amount of lubrication needed for each application, rather than the “one-size-fits-all” method of MWFs.

When you take the time to fully understand the functionality and benefits of a MQL system, you’ll be working towards reducing the cost your manufacturing takes. You’ll also be providing your employees with a more precise and less hazardous method of lubricating their machines to keep production at an all-time high. For a variety of eco-friendly lubricants that are perfect for MQL machining, shop our line of products at MagLube.com.

Where do our Lubrication Systems Shine the Most?

Industrial lubricants play a vital role in a variety of workplaces and are much more effective than many coolants out there on the market. When it comes to our eco-friendly lubrication systems, the quality of the product simply cannot be beat. That’s why our MagLube industrial lubricants are able to be successfully used in a variety of different machining applications and industries throughout the country.

At MagLube, we strive to create the absolute best eco-friendly products for all of our customers. We focus strictly on quality and efficiency so that we can serve a variety of machining industries. Our lubrication systems are ideally used in the metalworking industries, as the oils used are both environmentally safe and are 300-times higher in lubricity than conventional cutting fluids.

Some industries may find our lubrication systems ideal for CNC and manual milling machines. Not only will our lubricants improve your tool’s life and functionality, but the surface finish will be improved as well. We also make our lubricants thinner than regular coolant so that heat tolerances and repeat ability are able to be easily maintained throughout the workday.

We also create lubrication systems that work exceptionally well with band saws. Our MQL system applies a thin layer of the lubrication oil onto both sides of the blade while they cut a variety of different materials. This allows the blade to run at the appropriate temperate without the need to stop and maintain it everything the heat gets too high.

Another great application for our lubrication systems are routers for machine aluminum and wood products. Without proper lubrication, dirt and dust will build up around the bit which can drastically affect the tool’s life and surface finishes of your work.

Other applications for our products include circular saws, roll formers, stamping and punching presses, and CNC and manual turning centers. For over 20 years, MagLube has been developing high quality and environmentally friendly lubrication systems that work effectively and minimize mess and hazards. Though many still look to the method of flooding equipment with coolant, we guarantee you’ll find our systems to be much more efficient. For more information on our quality products, give us a call today at (770) 888-4470.

One of the most important things a machine operator can do is to make sure their equipment is consistently lubricated. High-quality industrial lubrication will help keep your tools functioning properly and will also aid in keeping equipment clean. Overlooking the use of industrial lubrication can result in damaged equipment, messy workplaces, and sometimes even workplace accidents. Understanding how the right lubricant works with your machines is a sure way to minimize risks on the job.

Many of the lubricants used in an industrial setting are made from either mineral or synthetic oil. At MagLube, our industrial lubrication systems are crafted with biodegradable components making it effective and harmless to you and the environment. It’s important to understand what your lubricants are made of as well as the different affects that they can have on machinery.

Mineral Oil Lubricants

Mineral oil lubricants come from mainly crude oil, where the quality greatly depends on the refining process after the oil has been retrieved. Mineral oil is generally used in engine oils, industrial lubricants, and processing oils, making them perfect to craft our lubricants with. Mineral oil is made up of four molecular properties – paraffin, branched paraffin, naphthene, and aromatic. Higher levels of these properties can result in different reactions when used on machinery, but most mineral oil lubrications are paraffinic, making them exceptional options for your industrial lubrication systems.

Synthetic Oil Lubricants 

When making industrial lubricants made with synthetic oils, man-made fluids are being used compared to those that naturally occur within our planet’s resources. One of the main benefits these lubricants have is that the molecular components within them are exact, allowing their properties to be much more predictable than mineral oil lubricants. Synthetic oils have the same functionality that a paraffinic mineral oil does, but there are some drawbacks as to why they’re not as commonly used. Unlike natural mineral lubricants, synthetic oils are much harsher on the environment as they cost more to make and are both toxic and difficult to dispose of.

When looking for the best lubricant to use on your equipment, look no further than our eco-friendly lubricants created here at MagLube.com. Give us a call at (770) 888-4470 to learn more about all of our industrial lubrication products available to you.

Learn How Lubrication Systems Have Evolved Through Time

Industrial lubrication systems are extremely beneficial to the functionality of our metalworking equipment and machines. Since its first major introduction into the industrial world, lubrication technology has drastically advanced as we entered modern times. Below is a brief timeline explaining this history of how lubrication systems became to be so advanced.

B.C. – Late 1850s

Lubrication systems first came to light in ancient Egypt, where olive oil would be used to move large objects. They also used various animal fats to lubricate their chariot axels. Up until the 1850s, lubricants were mainly made from animal fats and vegetable oils. In 1859, the very first oil well was drilled in Titusville, PA, which was the very beginning of the petroleum age.

Early 1900s

As the auto industry began to boom in the 1920s, lubricant manufacturers worked to process their petroleum-based lubrication systems to improve performance. Many treatment processes are developed, with solvent refining emerging as the most practical. Additives were introduced in the 1930s that would protect against corrosion, enhance pour points, and improve viscosity. In the 1940s, lubricants are becoming more widely used due to their improving ability to prolong performance and service life.

Late 1900s

Synthetic lubricants are developed in the 1950s, which were primarily used in the newly developed aviation and aerospace industries. Oil purification and performance were drastically improved through new hydroprocessing technologies developed on the 1970s and more modern technologies were brought to light for lubrication systems in the 1990s.

Modern Day

Lubrication systems are continuously evolving as more and more advanced machinery is developed. Industrial lubricants are constantly in production with the goal of better productivity, performance, efficiency, and sustainability.

At MagLube, we create a variety of eco-friendly lubrications that perform exceptionally well in a variety of applications. For over 20 years, our company has strived to create the ideal lubricant for the manufacturing industry as a whole. Our goal is to minimize workplace problems while crafting an exceptionally efficient functionality for all of our lubricants. Visit us at MagLube.com today to shop all of our products. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call at 770-888-4470 today.

Industrial machinery is far from low-maintenance. In addition to frequent cleanings and inspections, most large-scale cutting tools need to receive regular lubrication, which can be done through the use of spray mist systems. Without proper lubrication, milling machines, band saws, and other prominent cutting equipment are unable to perform to their full potential. The right industrial lubricant can extend the life of your cutting tools and ensure that they produce meticulously accurate cuts on a consistent basis. If you find you’re in need of a new industrial lubricant, consider the following factors when making your decision.

1. Cleaning Prowess

Much to the delight of operators who are pressed for time, certain industrial lubricants double as cleaner. If you’re tired of cleaning and lubrication being separate processes, it’s highly recommended that you look for a lubricant that also functions as a cleaner – such as our MagLube product line and spray mist systems. As an added bonus, our lubricants are well-equipped to evacuate dry chips from tool paths, effectively saving equipment operators a fair amount of cleanup time.

2. Ease of Application

In the interest of operator convenience, the lubricant you select should be easy to apply to the machinery. At the end of a long workday, expending additional energy on cleaning up equipment can become a cumbersome chore. Fortunately, our convenient MagLube spray mist systems ensure hassle-free lubricant application.

3. Light on Residue

The most effective lubricants and spray mist systems are the ones that enable tools to perform at maximum efficiency. When a particular lubricant leaves sticky residue behind, it’s liable to have the opposite effect. Anyone on the hunt for a residue-light lubricant is urged to consider what MagLube has to offer! Thinner in consistency than water soluble coolant, our impressive line of industrial lubricants won’t leave your cutting tools caked in residue.

If you’re determined to get the best possible performance out of your industrial cutting applications, there’s no way around regular lubrication. However, that not all lubricants are created equal. When you’re in need of new lubricants and spray mist systems, MagLube lubricants offer the cleaning prowess, easy application, and thin consistency you’ll need.

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