Large quantities of metal chips are produced in a high production metal working plant. By continuous removal of the chips the productivity of the plant can be improved considerably, because the machine tool operator does not waste his time removing the chips he produces as a by-product.
An economical removal system for chips and recovery of cutting fluids does, however, require tailor-made systems.
The chips are collected and conveyed away from the machine tools by means of specially adapted conveyors. Bushy swarf is crushed to short chips. Wet chips are centrifuged and cutting fluids recovered and cleaned. The process should be continuous and requires a minimum of manual work.
The solution for efficient and economical chip handling will vary from company to company, depending on shop layout, chip volume and the properties of the chips. Lubriserv has experience and know-how to provide the solution, which is the most economical just for your company, either it is a matter of single products or complete chip processing.
The return on investment will vary from company to company. Usually a continuous chip handling system will give very fast pay-off. The savings and profits are basically:
- Lower labour cost, because the time-consuming manual handling involved in collecting, loading and transporting chips is eliminated
- Lower cost for cutting fluids, because the fluid in the chips can be recovered, filtered, and reused in production.
- Higher price for the chips.
- Dry chips have a higher value in scrap markets.
- Reduced storage volume.
- Short chips take less space taken up by handling of chips.
The indirect savings by improving the environment can be as important as the direct savings listed to the left. When chips and cutting fluids are continuously removed from the machine tools, the work environment is improved. The dangerous and dirty manual work connected with chip handling disappears. Dry chips will not leak fluids into the ground water. Waste swarf from machining contains large amounts of coolant. Up to 90% can be recycled and returned to production. When all coolant is removed, swarf earns a higher scrap price that further increases in value when delivered in the form of briquettes. This also reduces your requirements for storage space, and handling becomes simpler and more effective.
LUBRISERVS’ SWARF EQUIPMENT INCLUDES
- Manual swarf centrifuges
- Automated swarf centrifuge systems
- Swarf Crushers
- Swarf storage silo’s
- Central swarf/coolant systems
- Briquetting presses