A clean metalworking fluid performs better and lasts longer than a dirty fluid. When recharging an individual machine or central system fluid tank, a cleanout of the tank is beneficial so that the fresh charge of metalworking fluid can perform with maximum efficiency.
If not removed, accumulated shop waste, metal swarf, oil, mold growth, and pockets of bacteria cause deterioration of the fresh mix. In a new system, construction debris in the trenches and tanks, the chemical waste such as welding flux, must be removed from the assembly of steel trenches. If the trenches are constructed of cement, a good cleaning helps to season them.
The cleanout, therefore, is an essential first step. It insures that your metalworking fluid has an “even chance” to give maximum performance with a minimum number of problems.
The following cleanout procedures should be used when ever possible, while no operators are producing parts.
WARNING! Protective gloves must be worn by maintenance personnel during this operation because CIMCLEAN 30 is highly alkaline and prolonged contact with the skin may cause irritation.
Sometimes it is not possible to drain the system because of production demands or a manpower shortage. However, try to incorporate as much of the cleanout procedure as possible into one of the alternate methods (during shutdown or during production) shown below to achieve a good cleanout.
After production stops, add one gallon CIMCLEAN 30 to each 50 gallons of dirty fluid in the machine reservoir or central system. Circulate the mixture for 4 hours or longer through all lines and machine tools. Drain, rinse, and recharge with a fresh CIMCOOL mix.
Not recommended for individual machines unless carefully supervised. During production, add 1 gallon CIMCLEAN 30 to each 100 gallons of dirty fluid in the machine reservoir or central system. Circulate the mixture for 4 – 8 hours through all lines and machine tools. Drain, rinse, and recharge with a fresh CIMCOOL mix.
NOTE: CIMCLEAN 40 must be used for aluminum applications.
“Cleanout Procedure for Central System and Individual Machine Reservoirs”
Milacron Marketing Co. Technical Report No., J/N 96/36