CASE STUDY.Ashburn Chemical Technologies.
Ashburn 7090 Improves Part Finish and Tool Life in Multi-Operation Machining of Aluminum
Ashburn Chemical was brought in to analyze the operation and provide a product recommendation in a mid west electronics manufacturer, looking to lower costs and improve finish on machined aluminum electronic parts.
A Midwest electronics manufacturer was looking to lower costs and improve finish on machined aluminum electronic parts. A coolant was needed that would perform in multiple machining operations, including a critical tapping application that was requiring a high mix concentration. Ashburn Chemical was brought in to analyze the operation and provide a product recommendation.
- Part Machined: Electronic Component Housing
- Material: 6061 Aluminum
- Operations: Milling, Drilling, Boring and Tapping
Ashburn 7090 was recommended due to its excellent performance on non-ferrous materials including aluminum. 7090 is an economical semi-synthetic coolant that runs very clean and provides excellent lubricity in tapping applications. 7090 was tested against two competitor coolants: a low-cost local product and a national brand semi-synthetic coolant (incumbent product).
The low cost soluble oil was effectively the highest cost product due to high carry-off, low tool life, part staining and poor machine condition. Ashburn 7090 outperformed the incumbent product in tool life and part finish while leaving the machine in cleaner condition. 7090 was able to be run at a lower concentrate while achieving the required tapping results. This lower concentrate usage along with lowered initial cost has resulted in a significant cost savings.
|7090 Semi-Synthetic||Competitor A
Low-Cost Local Soluble Oil
Competitor B (Incumbent)
Low Oil Semi-Snyth
|Concentrate Cost||17% Lower Cost||40% Lower Cost||–|
|Machine Condition||Excellent||Surface and Table Rust||Good|
|Required Concentrate for Tapping||11%||10%||14%|
|Residue||Slight- Excellent for Post Process||Heavy-Poor for Post Process||Slight- Excellent for Post Process|
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