Unattended and lights-out production are only possible if all aspects of the process are self-sufficient, including maintaining coolant levels and concentration. Combining products from LNS North America and 168 Manufacturing ensures that coolant levels are automatically maintained, and that clean coolant is recycled from the chip hopper to reduce both coolant and labor costs.
The FullShop™ Automated Coolant Management System from 168 Manufacturing automatically manages coolant levels and concentrations by sensing and pumping properly mixed coolant to as many as 120 CNC machines. Meanwhile, the LNS Venturi Pump continuously removes and filters coolant from the chip hopper and returns it to the machine sump, thus eliminating cross contamination from central recycling.
Combining these two systems significantly reduces coolant usage, eliminates the need to manually top off coolant, and increases chip hopper volume by removing residual coolant. As a result, removing chips from the hopper is quicker, cleaner and easier.
Data from production at 168 Manufacturing's parent company Precision Tool Technologies, Inc. on a universal turning machine equipped with both products indicate annualized savings of over 200 gallons of coolant is possible.
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