Aluminum Metalworking Fluids

  • Posted on: 4 August 2014
  • By: Editor

The August edition of TLT is here and it brings some good reading on metalworking fluids. Specifically, as the title states, the article explores the challenges of formulating a good metalworking fluid where the key requirements are especially difficult to balance. The ingredients required to maintain a biostable environment tend to cause staining. Beverage cans have long been the kings of aluminum use.

New Test Method for Quantitative Evaluation of Bactericidal Activity

  • Posted on: 28 July 2014
  • By: Editor

Our July focus on the difficulties of measurement of microbial growth brings this to our attention.  ASTM recently added Work Item: ASTM WK46797 – “New Test Method for Quantitative Evaluation of Bactericidal Activity of Non-Porous Antimicrobial-Treated Articles.”  According to their website:  “This standard method will be used to determine the antimicrobial properties of non-porous articles treated with specific antimicrobial agents.

Webinar: Synthetic Metal Removal Fluids

  • Posted on: 28 July 2014
  • By: Editor

Instructor Dr. Alan Eckard’s presentation will explore the definitions of synthetic metal removal fluids (MRFs), with discussion of typical compositions, applications, attributes, trends in usage and new technology that is emerging. It is generally accepted that “synthetic” as applied to lubricants of all types means petroleum oil free. In some cases it may be further defined in metalworking situations as compositions which are chemical solutions of components in water.

A 5th International Metal Removal Fluids Conference in the United States?

  • Posted on: 23 July 2014
  • By: Editor

Some good things come around every year. Christmas and New Years come to mind. But some good things don't. This is one of them. METALWORKING FLUID MAGAZINE has learned that the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association is in the planning phase for production of the 5th International Metal Removal Fluids Conference. The last one held in the US was six long years ago in 2008 at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, Michigan. Co-planners for that event included AIHA, UEIL, and AIAG. It was three solid days of overlapping presentations on metalworking fluids. The currently planned location is Rosemont, Illinois.

Ford Supplier Certification to Metalworking Fluid Manufacturer

  • Posted on: 11 July 2014
  • By: SandBlaster

Chemetall has earned the Q1 Supplier Status Certification from Ford Motor Company. The four primary areas that Ford's team looked at were certifications : ISO 9001/ISOTS 16949; ISO 14001 Certification (QS 9000/TE Certification for M&T only); Quality Operating System (QOS) and Performance Metrics and the Endorsements from Key Customers. In addition Chemetall adhered to the Q1 Site Assessment Evaluation Matrix.


  • Posted on: 8 July 2014
  • By: Editor

In response to our recent postings related to our July focus on Real-time Microbial Viability Assessment and specifically regarding the research developing at Ghent University, we received comment from Dr. Volker R. Stoldt, Member of the BioStruct Research Group at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, where research is also being conducted in this critical area of optimization and worker safety. Dr. Stoldt provides us with additional insight into flow cytometry research and his opinion of the future of real-time assessments: