Related Glossary Terms
Fluid that reduces temperature buildup at the tool/workpiece interface during machining. Normally takes the form of a liquid such as soluble or chemical mixtures (semisynthetic, synthetic) but can be pressurized air or other gas. Because of water’s ability to absorb great quantities of heat, it is widely used as a coolant and vehicle for various cutting compounds, with the water-to-compound ratio varying with the machining task. See cutting fluid; semisynthetic cutting fluid; soluble-oil cutting fluid; synthetic cutting fluid.
Developed by Josef Maatuk, Ph.D., a consultant at Los Angeles-based Max Em Engineering, a new unifying smart sensor designed for autonomous fluid management systems is said to monitor, in real time, the heat removal capability of coolant, acidity levels, amount of coolant, and the temperature of the coolant across the height, rather than a single point.
"Such a sensor can simplify the reconditioning system of the coolant as well as being an important part of future autonomous fluid management systems to monitor and control coolant quality and quantity," Maatuk explained in an email to Cutting Tool Engineering. Maatuk offers a detailed overview of the sensor technology and its capabilities in the accompanying video above.
Maatuk contacted Cutting Tool Engineering in the hopes of reaching a strategic partner to help Max Em Engineering produce and market a Unifying Coolant Sensor to monitor in real time the ratio of water to coolant and the coolant acidity.