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.

See what one of Maglube’s customers found in this case study Linn Products

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.

JB Maglube office

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?

assembling custom MQL system Maglube

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.

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.

Band saws have a wide range of applications throughout an even wider range of industries. Commonly used for cutting shapes out of assorted metals and woods, these tools can be found in virtually any woodworking or metal shop.

Of course, like any specialized tool, these saws require a steady amount of maintenance. When looking for ways to keep your band saws running like new, saw blade lubrication should be among your foremost priorities. However, when taking steps to lubricate these blades, you’ll need to heed the following tips.

Look for a Cutting Lubricant

Many companies that produce saw blade lubricant formulate their products with cutting in mind. For example, lubricants used in industrial machinery often differ in texture and function from those used on saw blades. As such, you’ll need to limit your choices to specifically designed saw blade lubricant. Using another type of industrial lubricant is liable to gum up your blades and make cutting materials considerably more difficult.

Don’t Skimp on Coolant

Even within specialized industries, many people use the terms “coolant” and “lubrication” interchangeably. However, these are two very different fluids. While saw blade lubricant will assist in making smooth cuts, coolants mainly help guard against excess heat. So when cooling or lubricating your saw blades, remember that one does not take the place of the other.

Lubricant Can’t Fix Everything

Lubrication is simply one of many maintenance procedures a band saw requires to properly carry out its job. In order for your saws to produce accurate cuts, you’ll also need to tend to the tool’s pumps and chip filters on top of the appropriate saw blade lubricant.

With the proper maintenance, a good band saw can last for decades, if not an entire lifetime. To ensure the most accurate cuts possible, you’ll need to stay on top of lubrication – as well as a short list of other tasks.

For the best saw blade lubricant and other industrial products, be sure to visit our shop at MagLube.com today. We strive to provide the absolute best industrial lubrication products for a variety of different applications. Call us today at 800-441-2023 for more information.

Consistent lubrication is essential when working with a wide range of tools and equipment. Everything from heavy-duty construction machinery to small-scale contracting tools requires some degree of lubrication to properly function. This is why it’s important to follow the lubrication schedules provided by the manufacturers of your respective tools. As you’ll find, failure to do so can have serious – oftentimes costly – consequences.

Increased Friction

Decreasing friction is among the key benefits of lubrication, particularly of MagLube’s renowned minimum quantity lubrication. Increased friction can lead to damaged core components, which dramatically shortens their usefulness and overall life spans. The harder parts rub up against one another, the more damage is caused. Well-lubricated parts, on the other hand, rub against each other in a much smoother manner than components lacking in lubrication. With our minimum quantity lubrication systems, you’ll be able to effectively reduce damaging friction.

Increased Heat

Like friction, heat can be minimized by a reliable lubricant. In fact, when it comes to tool and machine parts, heat and friction go hand-in-hand with one often leading to the other. The more friction, the more heat – and the more heat produced means the greater the chance of your equipment overheating. Overheated machinery can serve as the precursor to a litany of problems. Broken components, broken machinery, and injured operators are just a few of the consequences associated with overheating. MagLube’s minimum quantity lubrication system will help prevent overheating by keeping your equipment cool and functional.

Increased Operating Costs

At the end of the day, ignoring lubrication will hurt your financial bottom line. Improper and/or irregular lubrication will result in broken parts and damaged machinery – which, in turn, will result in more money being spent on your end. Sticking to the manufacturer-recommended lubrication schedule will save you a tremendous amount of money on replacement parts and repairs.

MagLube offers a variety of lubricants, all at an affordable price. Rather than spending money on costly and unnecessary repairs, our minimum quantity lubrication products will help keep money in your pocket.

Keeping your tools and equipment lubricated is one of the best things you can do for them. A good lubricant allows each of a tool’s core components to carry out its respective jobs in a smooth and efficient manner. When looking for effective ways to extend the life of your tools and machinery, you can’t go wrong with ensuring regular lubrication. That’s why our minimum quantity lubrication systems at MagLube are well worth the investment. Shop our inventory today at MagLube.com.

How our Minimum Quantity Lubrication System will help Your Equipment’s Performance

Whether you’re working in a private or industrial workshop, there’s no doubt that your space will be filled with a variety of different machinery related to your preferred industry. You may have a band saw, milling machine, or a variety of other metalworking tools that require consistent lubrication and upkeep. Failing to perform the proper maintenance on your equipment can result in lower-quality production and workplace accidents, which is why it’s so important that you invest in a high quality minimum quantity lubrication system. If you haven’t put much emphasis on regular lubrication in the past, there are a variety of important reasons as to why you should get in the habit of consistent maintenance.

Provides Accurate Cuts

A band saw, for example, that’s unable to produce accurate cuts isn’t of much use in the long run. By providing your equipment with consistent lubrication, you can ensure that it produces smooth, accurate cuts without any issues or hassle. When searching for a suitable lubricant, you can’t go wrong with the minimum quantity lubrication system we offer at MagLube.com. As one of the leading eco-friendly industrial lubricant manufacturers, we pride ourselves on creating sustainable lubricants that allow machinery to operate at top performance, minimizing wasted materials and equipment related accidents.

Reduces Friction

Lubrication plays a vital role in reducing the friction created by the movement of heavy machinery. A minimum quantity lubrication system works to reduce heat and respectively lower the chances of your equipment overheating. By allowing your equipment to work so hard it begins to overheat, you not only put extra strain on the tools and risk long-term damage, but it cuts down your productivity as you’ll need to take the time to let your machinery cool off before you can continue working again. With regular application of the industrial lubricants from MagLube, you’ll never have to worry about damaging your equipment as you work hard throughout the day.

Saves Money

Regular lubrication through a minimum quantity lubrication system can save workshop owners a fair amount of money in the long run. Infrequently lubricated equipment generally has a much shorter life-span than those that are maintained properly. Poor maintenance can also facilitate the need for costly repairs and expensive replacements.

A little bit of consistent maintenance can go a long way in extending the life and improving the functionality of your manufacturing equipment. With a minimum quantity lubrication system from MagLube.com, you’ll be able to work efficiently while reducing workplace errors and imperfections.

Heavy-duty industrial tools and machinery need consistent lubrication in order to properly perform their day-to-day functions. In the absence of regular lubrication, the core components of the equipment would begin to rust, overheat, and rub up against one another causing considerable damage. In addition to hampering production schedules, these problems can facilitate the need for costly repairs and replacements.

Companies interested in keeping their machinery up and running for the foreseeable future would do well to invest in MagLube brand lubricants as well as our convenient MQL system.

Abundance of Nozzle Options

At MagLube, we’re fully aware that lube application is not a one-size-fits-all affair. This is why the MQL system offers clients an extensive range of nozzle options. We’re proud to offer a sizable selection which includes circular saw nozzles, band saw nozzles, magnet nozzles, and port halo nozzles. Furthermore, if you’re unable to find a nozzle that suits your specific needs, don’t fret – we also offer custom-designed nozzles for a variety of different applications.

Custom Applicators

Our MQL system strives to meet the needs of a rapidly-expanding roster of clients. As such, we understand the need for diversity in our applicators. Even though our mass-produced application systems satisfy the bulk of our client base, we realize that certain clients – and certain tools – have highly specialized needs. For this reason, MagLube is happy to create custom-made application systems for clients with specialized machinery. This is just one of the many perks of manufacturing our applicators in-house.

Litany of Reservoir Sizes and Activation Options

When purchasing a MQL system from MagLube, you have quite a few options from which to choose. For starters, our activation options range from air-only to remote magnet, while our reservoirs are available in a convenient range of sizes and materials.

Lubrications can play an invaluable role in keeping industrial tools in working condition. However, not all lubricants are equally beneficial. If a dependable, nontoxic lube and a user-friendly MQL system are what you seek, look no further than MagLube.

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