What happens when a centralised coolant management system becomes redundant? In the case of the leading Midlands based cold roll forming company Metsecs the answer was to refurbish and reuse. That was at the beginning of this century. So when an opportunity came to re-site the system to a new application the question was posed 'Could it be refurbished a second time?'

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Central coolant distribution systems are finding their way into more machine shops than ever before. However when some systems are covering many square metres and have at their heart quite complex mixing systems, even including machine sump topping up equipment, we wonder if an opportunity is being missed here.

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This is our take on the thorny subject of the cutting fluid life cycle and management concepts and how it relates to our own range of equipment. The concepts within this article should form the basis of best practice in any machine shop using metalworking fluids.

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It's a fact that even after years of development water mix coolants still have a knack of causing issues on the shop floor despite the best efforts of the supplier.

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