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Easy removal of tramp oil from machine tools

Posted on 17 Apr 2019 and read 1135 times
Easy removal of tramp oil from machine toolsCNC OS oil skimmers for the removal of waste (tramp) oil from machine tools are now available in the UK from Radius Machine Tool Solutions Ltd (www.rmts.uk).

Oil contamination in metal-working fluids (MWF) can be a costly nuisance in the work-place, because of the impact it may have on production and — more importantly — the risk of prosecution by environmental agencies if it is not disposed of correctly.

This free-standing unit solves the problem; with its robust aluminium structure, it can be up and running within minutes, and it can be shared by more than one machine.

Particular features include an impeller that induces a vortex to remove waste oil much faster than units relying on a weighted pulley, and built-in height adjustment for coolant depths of 85-205mm. The skimmer uses a maintenance-free oil-resistant synthetic-rubber belt running on an anti-corrosion-coated top pulley.

A direct-driven variable-speed motor allows high levels of control and can be used in conjunction with a standard UK plug-in timer, which can be set to optimise running times and results. The oil is extracted via the standard chute or an optional hose.

Using an oil-skimming device offers a simple and reliable method of minimising oil contamination in the MWF and therefore improving the performance of CNC machine tools.

Oily coolant can also cause dermatitis and a toxic mist when the machine guards are opened. It can also cling to machined components, tooling, measuring equipment and protective glass doors, causing problems while operating and setting.