168 Manufacturing, a brand of Precision Tool Technologies that designs and develops CNC machine shop automation technologies, announces its new FS40 series of FullShopTM Automated Coolant Management Systems. Optimized for the most common CNC machine shop sizes, the FS40 enables these shops to take their productivity to the next level. Due to its modularity, one FS40 system can automate a few CNC machines or expand to accommodate up to 40 CNC machines.
Like the flagship FS120 system, the new FS40 series monitors and replenishes all CNC sumps with optimized top-off ratios. This turnkey system is easy to install and consists of a centralized pumping station, controller, distribution manifolds and level sensor that drops into the machine tool sump. Compared to the FS120, which has a footprint of 50 by 60 inches, the new FS40 is even more compact — 30 by 30 inches.
Other features of the FS40 include:
- A modular concept that supports five remote fluid nodes
- Per CNC concentration control: top-off at 0.5 to 20 percent
- Collaborative with our FullShopTM coolant health app
- Industry 4.0 features — e.g. remote operation and teleservice
- Simple low-cost installation
Like the FS120, the new FS40 enables unattended CNC operation, bringing “lights-out” capabilities to machine shops. Now, instead of operating one or two shifts a day with a shop full of operators, these shops can run high-volume jobs unattended overnight, keeping the spindles spinning 24/7 and unlocking greater productivity.
Related Glossary Terms
- computer numerical control ( CNC)
computer numerical control ( CNC)
Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.
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.