MSC & ROCOL halve cutting fluid consumption for A&M EDM30 June 2020

Engineering solutions company A&M EDM was looking to improve the performance of its metalworking coolant while maintaining high-quality machining.

With this in mind, MSC Industrial Supply (MSC), which offers A&M EDM with engineering support, identified ROCOL as the partner to collaborate with alongside its customer.

ROCOL began analysing A&M EDM’s coolant consumption with a review of current materials and applications while taking samples from active machining operations. These were tested in ROCOL’s laboratory and a comprehensive report on the current product, with details such as wear ratio, dilution and usage, was produced.

The analysis concluded that the coolant usage was much higher than it should be and that A&M EDM needed a coolant that would deliver consistent usage and results on a range of different materials.

MSC and ROCOL presented their findings to A&M EDM. They delivered a proposal for an alternative coolant (ULTRACUT EVO 255 Metalworking Coolant) that was said to be more suitable for their requirements, but also provided evidence that demonstrated a cost saving in volume consumed, as well as an extension to tool lifetime.

In addition to providing the coolant solution, MSC works with ROCOL to deliver specialist and ongoing maintenance and support to A&M EDM, which covers a range of services and periodic analysis to reduce fluid consumption, extend tool life and reduce downtime.

Stuart Talbot, production director at A&M EDM, says: “We are delighted that MSC and ROCOL have come in and analysed our coolant consumption and recommended a solution that will reduce this to half the amount we were using previously.

“They invested time in understanding what our objectives were and demonstrated a commitment and determination to help us achieve them. We look forward to an ongoing relationship where MSC and ROCOL will continue to assess and benchmark our machines regularly, helping us to achieve further efficiency and productivity gains.”

Adam Offord

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