Jim English, President of Tool-X, featured in Today’s Motor Vehicles

Today’s Motor Vehicles, a trade magazine for automotive manufacturing, featured Jim English of Tool-X in its Sep/Oct 2015 issue. Jim offered up his opinions on how Detroit practices inhibit innovation, particularly innovation coming from small companies and start-ups, and suggests some steps that could be taken to help smaller suppliers to bring new technologies into their supply chains. Needless to say, Jim’s experiences with Tool-X and as a marketing consultant with other small companies have given him perspective on these issues.

The article includes many pictures and references to Tool-X, and some observations about the difficulty of marketing nanotechnology product s. You can’t see them, you can’t really explain in detail how they work, and your customers generally don’t want you to talk about how well it worked at their facility or operation – all for fear of being asked for a cost down or price reduction by your major customers.  Have a read here.

Tool-X makes polishing unnecessary, says a wheel manufacturer

Aluminum alloy wheels are showpieces. Even for the specialist RC car market, and at a smaller scale, customers want their wheels looking good. So imagine Rick Steinard’s surprise when he saw the wheels looking “like chrome” coming off his CNC machine. Rick is the owner of SPI Racing Wheels, which specializes in racing wheels for the RC market. Rick just started a trial of our new Tool-X 703 water-based coolant, and he sent us a before and after photo.

Rick normally polishes his wheels with Mother’s aluminum polish before sending them out. With the Tool-X, he now plans to only touch up his “Show Wheels”, the Race and Basher wheels can be sent out as is.

Here’s another view, the Tool-X piece is now on the left:



Rick makes his wheels from billet 6061 T-6 aluminum, an aluminum alloy frequently used in medical devices, and uses Iskar tools. He’s been making wheels for RC racing since 2000, and proudly told us I make the only aluminum wheel to win a regional, national, and international racing events. 6 years in a row.

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On this one, he marveled at the finish in an email he sent us. “Holy Shit! Look at this finish! It dragged a chip at the front but, my fault, unbelievable.” He continued “No tool or program changes. You have a bigger spokesperson than you did before :)”

These are the best photos yet of results for our new Tool-X 703 water-based semi-synthetic coolant. We’ve tweaked our formulation so our suspensions can hold more nano-material, which enhances their intrinsic polishing capability. Our nano-onions are hard enough to remove dirt, grime and oxidation layers from the surface of the metal, yet small enough (nano-scale) to prevent wear to the tool or the part. By preventing built-up edge, cutting tools cut cleaner, with more accuracy, and last longer than with conventional coolants. The superior heat transfer and nano-abrasion prevents adhesion between tool and part, preventing the microwelding that causes wear, pitting, and cracks.

For more information about how Tool-X can improve the surface finish of machined parts, we recommend looking at case studies #103, #105, #106, and #112 for other examples of how Tool-X improved Ra, improved cutting accuracy, and improved surface finish.

Tool-X at the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology

Tool-X will be giving a presentation at CCAT in East Hartford, CT on March 19th 2015 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM
How Nano-onions Can Improve Machining Performance.

We will give a brief overview of the tribology (science) at work with Tool-X and then review some of the case studies which illustrate how the Tool-X nano-onions can improve machine tool performance by enabling truer cuts, with less friction and with better cooling than conventional metal working fluids. These features result in significant benefits – extended tool life, better surface finish and dimensional accuracy, and the ability to speed up production rates by typically 25%.

We have conducted a trial at CCAT – see our Case Study 115 – which analyzed the metallurgy of nickel super alloys that were drilled and bored with and without Tool-X. A metallurgical exam suggested that the Tool-X nano-onions provided a better, cleaner cut with less force required, as evidenced by the finding that there was less distortion in the parts’ surface layer, which also eliminated white film deposits, and longer effective tool life. The staff at CCAT conducted the trial using CNC equipment at their facility, with much of the work done by their capable group of interns. An outside lab was used for the metallurgical analysis.

We are pleased with the opportunity to meet with the local machining community and will be available to answer questions and schedule free trials of Tool-X. Suitable applications will be machines with relatively small sumps and large production runs of similar parts – the idea being that we want to be able to develop meaningful statistical proof with a large enough sample size and reliable measurements and controls. Good hygiene is also important; we have found that our nanoparticles – like most MWFs –  work best when machines have been properly cleaned and maintained.

For more information, directions, and free registration click here.

And if you haven’t visited CCAT before, their facility includes a number of CNC machines as well as a state of the art additive manufacturing capability. They have expertise in software optimization of machining processes and administer a number of state and regional programs to support advanced manufacturing. It’s well worth a visit, and their staff will be available for meetings.

Tool-X now proven for grinding applications

Grand Haven Steel recently completed a trial of Tool-X in a grinding application. According to Robert Lovell, President & CEO of Grand Haven Steel, “So far I am very pleased with the results of our grinding test”. He reports, “We have been testing the water based Tool-X additive in our grinder for two weeks on our most difficult part. The material is heat treated 17-4 PH stainless steel. We were able to increase the parts per dress from 15 to 20 ( 33 % ) and reduce the cycle time from 64 seconds to 40 seconds ( 37 % ).

This decreased cycle time will cut their costs per part substantially, and the grinding wheels are also working more effectively and lasting longer.

This improvement in cycle times while grinding echos the results we have seen on CNC turning machines (see Case Study 104), where we reported extended tool life. In general, adding Tool-X allows the operator to improve performance, with trade-offs between faster feeds and speeds, improved surface finish, and extended tool life. We have reported faster cycle times in Swiss Screw Machines (Case Study 101) and in Horizontal Milling applications (Case Study 102).

We hope to complete and post a case study in the next few weeks.

Tool-X introduces its new fully formulated semi-synthetic water base product – Tool-X SS-500.

Tool-X LLC, together with its partner, Northwest Oil, has introduced its new semi-synthetic water base working fluid – Tool-X SS-500.

Previously, Tool-X was only available as an additive for commercially available working fluids. As the composition and formulations of water base working fluids vary substantially from manufacturer to manufacturer, testing was often required to determine optimum additive levels, dilutions, and maintenance practices. While Tool-X has been tested and validated with many of the main brands (including Blaser, MasterChem, and Houghton), some customers wanted assurances that their oils were compatible. Others wanted the convenience of a fully formulated product which could just be added as needed.

Tool-X SS-500 meets those requirements for assured compatibility, performance, and convenience. For many customers, it will also be a lower-cost solution. There are cost savings from blending the nano product directly into the formulated oil, and the big upfront cost of adding Tool-X as an additive all at once can be avoided. Instead, the concentration of Tool-X nanoparticles gradually increases as the coolant is replaced (the nano particles typically have lower drag-out than the water-based coolant). It may take two months to see the full effect of Tool-X under these conditions. Ask your Tool-X representative for more information and recommendations.

For a complete spec sheet, download it  here.  For the sales flyer, download it here.