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Minimum Quantity Lubrication (MQL) is a significant evolution in machining, yielding improved surface finish while providing state-of-the-art environmental advantages (especially on the plant floor, where it also enhances safety.) MQL saves hundreds of thousands of dollars in coolant costs annually.

The chip volume, pace and lack of moisture in an MQL application make conventional chip handling approaches and behaviors obsolete. Resultantly, we engineered a new-for-the-industry duct seal (patent pending) to transfer chips to the cyclone. From there, conventional chip management components — conveyors, blowers, hoppers, etc. — were deployed.

Chips were vacuumed from the product surface in real time, practically eliminating clean-up between machining cycles, boosting production nearly 80%.

MQL is innovation in manufacturing, matched by innovation from Inter-Source.