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Chip Management Explained

Chip management is the collection, storage, segregation, and processing of all components of machining scrap (chips, fluids, solids) as they move from tool to their final destination.Chip management gains the substantial advantages of chip processing across the manufacturing plant, and, if recycling / reuse is in-house, also across the manufacturing enterprise.

Dynamic Chip Management (DCM) is a proactive approach based on using equipment that can continuously optimize chip management, even as chip configurations, fluid types, saturation, volumes,  technology, legislation, regulatory requirements, and production processes change. DCM is the approach Inter-Source uses to implement the most efficient and cost-effective solution to your needs.

The term “dynamic” is appropriate for several reasons:

First, it describes today’s manufacturing environment. Your business must constantly evolve, adapt, and innovate to stay competitive, while meeting new regulatory requirements.

That’s why you need to be able to dynamically react–changing alloys, parts or processes.  If the chips you produce change, how they’re handled and processed may also need to change for maximum payback.  Because Inter-Source engineers and manufactures the complete line of chip management components, everything fits and connects.  The components are made to work together even as they evolve: Dynamic Chip Management.

Dynamic also describes our research and development approach.  Inter-Source continually engineers technological advancements to improve chip management.  We hold nearly two dozen patents in multiple countries.  In fact, the chip management industry’s most substantial innovations of the last three decades were developed by Inter-Source.

Chip management optimization is all we do, and it’s all we’ve done since 1984.  Our customers rely on us not only to provide the best system today, but also to ensure that as we pioneer advancements they are deployable and rugged, time-proven Inter-Source installations.  Such dynamic customer support means your Inter-Source equipment’s ROI may actually accelerate.

DCM may be summarized by the results:

  • Dry, clean chips, optimized for reprocessing or sale.
  • Creative, innovative solutions to minimize the costs and liabilities associated with chip and fluid handling.
  • Maximized fluid reclamation to reduce your operating costs and impact on the environment.

Dynamic Chip Management provides a secondary plant-floor profit stream.  Let Inter-Source show you how to put your manufacturing byproducts back into your bottom line.


Automatic chip processing: A subset of chip management that typically focuses just on separating chips from solids, sizing them, and fluid removal.

Batch spinner: Typically, a manually loaded and unloaded device, much like a clothes washer, that removes fluids from a batch of chips via centrifugal force.  Also called a slinger or spinner.

Briquetters: Relatively expensive, high-volume, high-horsepower, high-pressure rotary press-type devices for use at scrap yards, foundries and secondary smelters. They produce briquettes in a highly efficient, continuous operation, and are often confused with puckers, although they have a very different function.

Chip management: The collection, storage, segregation and processing of all components of machining scrap (chips, fluids, solids) as they move from tool to their final destination.  Inter-Source engineers and manufactures equipment specific to each function in the process:

  • Transport
  • Dumpers & Carts
  • Fluid Management
  • Solids Removal
  • Sizing
  • Wringers
  • Staging
  • Control Systems

Chip processing: A subset of chip management that typically accomplishes only fluid removal from chips, via one of three ways:

  1. Batch spinner (also known as a spinner or slinger)
  2. Pucker (or compactor)
  3. Automatic continuous chip processing (wringers)

Pucker: A relatively inexpensive, low volume, low horsepower, low pressure piston and chamber-type device for use at machining facilities. A pucker produces pucks in a fill-compress-eject cycle. Due to the differing design and operational characteristics of puckers versus briquetters, a puck is less dense than a briquette, and often variably-shaped.

Slinger: See Batch Spinner.

Spinner: See Batch Spinner.