Micro Lubricant Uses in Manufacturing

Industrial manufacturing utilizes a wide ranges of machining processes. With almost every process, there is friction produced during the cutting, stamping, bending, shaping, moving and so on it goes. Virtually every machine used in making any type product needs some type lubrication to reduce that friction.

This is where industrial lubricants come in and vast improvements have been made in the last couple decades in this area. As a world leader in industrial micro-lubrication products and systems, Maglube is on the cutting edge of this industry.

Not only are micro-lubricants, also known as minimum quantity lubricants more effective in reducing the heat and friction during machining… the ones made by Maglube are also formulated with 100% organic oils, making them completely biodegradable and eco-friendly. A much more environmentally conscious form a green manufacturing for today’s world.

If you have a plant or manufacturing facility, you can benefit from these 21st century lubricants and custom MQL systems provided by Maglube.

Maglube’s Series of Organic – 100% Green Biodegradable Lubricants

Maglube formulated four lubricants which can be used for specific types of applications in industrial manufacturing. Because of the nature of these lubes, a minimal amount is needed during the cutting or working process. That’s why these lubricants are often referred to as micro-lubricants. In comparison to the large quantity of traditional coolants needed during the cutting process… Maglube lubricants require only a microscopic amount applied during the machining process.

The quality of our lubricants coupled with our custom MQL designed systems makes Maglube one of the leading industrial lubricant manufacturers in the world.

Here’s some more details about Maglube’s four lubricants:

  • Maglube HD-100 Heavy Duty Lubricant – HD-100 is a general-purpose lubricant for all materials such as metal, plastic, wood, and rubber. It is blended with a complete package of extreme pressure additives that provides excellent anti-wear characteristics.

    HD-100 has excellent lubrication properties that make it useful in a wide variety of applications such as metal forming, wood and rubber processing as well as environmental sensitive applications such as forestry and mining. HD-100 is very cost effective in eliminating the use of flood coolants and the cost of disposal. Minute amounts are delivered directly to the cutting edge of a tool providing excellent heat transfer to the chips and eliminating degradation of the tool. Increased speeds and feeds are common with the proper use of all MagLube products.

    It can be purchased in 1-gallon containers, 5-gallon pails, 55-gallon drums and 330-gallon totes.

    See Maglube HD-100 Safety Data Sheet Here
  • Maglube LD-300L Aluminum Lubricant – Many of our customers have told us this lubricant is far superior to all other aluminum lubricants on the market. We couldn’t agree more! Our R&D, trial and error during the creation process of this product resulted in a perfect blend for all aluminum machining.

    LD-300L is a non-ferrous lubricant. It is a room temperature liquid possessing low viscosity, light color, and excellent lubrication properties. It will not attack rubber or plastics. It is used on critical applications as it will not leave any mess or sticky residue.

    LD-300L has excellent lubrication properties that make it useful in a wide variety of lubrication applications. Transparent color and low pour point make LD-300L particularly useful in processing of aluminum as well as the textile industry. Other applications include but are not limited to cutting tool lubrication in metalworking as well as woodworking, chain lubrication, roll forming, medical instruments, food processing machinery.

    It can be purchased in 1-gallon containers, 5-gallon pails, 55-gallon drums and 250-gallon totes.

    See Maglube LD-300L Safety Data Sheet Here
  • Maglube LD-300A Non-Ferrous Lubricant – LD-300A is a non-ferrous lubricant. It is a room temperature liquid possessing low viscosity, light color, and excellent lubrication properties. It will not attack rubber or plastics. It is used on critical applications as it will not leave any mess or sticky residue.

    LD-300A has excellent lubrication properties that make it useful in a wide variety of lubrication applications. Transparent color and low pour point make LD-300A particularly useful in processing of textiles, chain-lubrication etc. LD-300A also finds utility as a lubricant in other industrial applications such as cutting tool lubrication in both metalworking and woodworking. When used in conjunction with the MagLube applicators, LD-300A is very cost effective in eliminating the use of flood coolants and the cost of disposal. Minute amounts are delivered directly to the cutting edge of a tool providing excellent heat transfer to the chips and eliminating degradation of the tool. LD-300A is very effective for non-ferrous metals, providing excellent surface finishes by eliminating friction from the cutting tool. Increased feeds and speeds are common with the proper use of all MagLube products.

    It can be purchased in 1-gallon containers, 5-gallon pails, 55-gallon drums and 250-gallon totes.

    See Maglube LD-300A Safety Data Sheet Here
  • Maglube MD-200 Multi-Purpose Lubricant – MD-200 is a general-purpose lubricant for all materials such as metal, plastic, wood, and rubber. It is blended with a complete package of extreme pressure additives that provide excellent anti-wear characteristics.

    MD – 200 has excellent lubrication properties that make it useful in a wide variety of applications such as metal forming, wood and rubber processing as well as environmental sensitive applications such as forestry and mining. MD – 200 is very cost effective in eliminating the use of flood coolants and the cost of disposal. Minute amounts are delivered directly to the cutting edge of a tool providing excellent heat transfer to the chips and eliminating degradation of the tool. Increased speeds and feeds are common with the proper use of all MagLube products.

    It’s sold in 1-gallon containers, 5-gallon pails, 55-gallon drums and 330-gallon totes.

    See Maglube MD-200 Safety Data Sheet Here
  • Maglube's handheld lubricants MQL systemMaglube Hand Held Lubricants – Our handheld lubricants are perfect for light-duty drilling, tapping, sanding, and sawing applications and can be applied directly to the tool/blade’s surface. They can also be used virtually anywhere a small amount of lubrication is necessary.

    The MagLube hand-held lubricants contain no hazardous chemicals of any kind, making them safe for the environment and safe for operators to handle without fear of rashes and skin irritations.

    These are available in: 3.2 oz. blocks (MB-SBL) • 16 oz. tubes (MSBT-16) • 8 oz. spray bottles (MS-8) – Available in Case quantities

The primary differences between MQL type lubricants and coolants used in flood cooling

There are a few major differences between traditional flood coolant type oils and micro-lubricants like the ones used by Maglube minimum quantity lubrication systems.

  • First, traditional flood coolants can be expensive for several reasons. They require gallons per day in a busy manufacturing facility. Over an extended period of time, this adds up to many thousands of dollars.

    Micro-lubricants, when applied correctly only require ounces per day. Just the cost savings in raw material makes it a no brainer to use the latter.
  • Second, flood coolants are mostly produced with a petroleum-based solution, making them hazardous, messy, eco-unfriendly, along with causing potential health risks.

    Not micro-lubricants produced by Maglube. As mentioned earlier, our lubricants are formulated with organic, eco-friendly oils which in today’s world makes a huge difference from an ecological perspective.
  • Third, flood cooling really doesn’t reduce the cause of the heat during machining, which is friction. All it does is to flood the cutting tool and cutting piece with a massive amount of excess liquid, quenching the heat, but not really reducing the friction. This process will cause stress cracks and tool degradation rapidly.

    With MQL lubricants there is only a microscopic amount of lubricant applied with a nozzle in the exact spot it’s needed. Because of the molecular composition of the lubricants, they actually form a thin coating on the tool and work piece, reducing the friction with incredible results. It can be up to 300 times the lubricity of flood coolants. This alone keeps your tools and work pieces much cooler, causing tools to last much longer.
  • Forth, cleanup with flooding is a nightmare. It creates a messy, wet and toxic facility. It fogs the air, causing potentially hazardous conditions to workers, and it also causes a complete extra step of cleanup of the cutting chips, making it much more expensive.

    Again, not with Maglube MQL systems and lubricants! Because of the microscopic amount of eco-friendly lubricant being applied during the machining process… most of the lubricant is burnt up during that process. The cutting chips come out dry like popcorn. They can then be easily recycled, making this and asset, not and extra expense like flood cooling is.

How Maglube Organic Lubricants are Applied During Machining

Because of how Maglube custom designs each system to the exact specs of the machine it is to be used on, and with the collaboration of that company’s engineering department, Maglube systems and lubricants perform best in the industry.

The systems are designed so that microscopic amounts of lubricant are periodically applied with a nozzle system. It can have one nozzle or multiple nozzles, depending on the type machine it’s being used on.

This works with a pneumatic system which can be activated from a pilot valve or slide valve or manually activated. Again, the machine it’s going on and the requirements of the customer dictate how this MQL system is custom designed by a Maglube engineer.

One thing is for sure, when Maglube leaves you manufacturing facility, your machines will be running more smoothly, more efficiently, with less heat and definitely more economically.

To transform your facilities manufacturing process, contact Maglube today. Call the 800 number on this webpage, or feel free to speak with us on Live Chat.

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