Visitors to the recent Austech 2011 exhibition in Melbourne were treated to a firsthand look at Dimac Tooling’s vast range of products, focussing on productivity and the environment.
A grass-covered environment section at the stand attracted most visitors.
Under the motto Caring for Your Environment, Dimac presented its environment section, in response to the trends in the advanced manufacturing sector.
Businesses are constantly looking for products and accessories that are not only environmentally friendly, but also save money.
One of those products is the EMC Water Eater, a coolant evaporator.
It was no surprise this product attracted a lot of attention during the show due to the big savings on coolant disposal services.
“Used coolants are normally 97 per cent water, says Dimac director Paul Fowler. If the water is removed, the amount requiring disposal would be reduced to a mere 3 per cent of the original volume.”
The waste fluids are heated through the floor of the unit. At the same time, a power exhaust system continuously draws air across the surface of the heated liquid to speed evaporation and carry the water vapour out of the unit’s stack.
“The massive reduction in the volume of liquids requiring disposal not only slashes disposal costs, but also economises by reducing storage area requirements, labour and time for handling, and frequency of disposals,” Mr Fowler says.
And to deal with the huge amount of oil used and swarf produced during machining processes, Dimac showcased a range of coolant maintenance products, including the Zebra range of oil separation systems to skim up the surface oil coming from a machine’s lubrication system.
The Zebra Oasis portable coalesce, for instance, extends the life of coolants and tooling and prevents shop mist or any health issues.
And the handy and affordable Zebra Oxygenator/Aerator also extends coolant life, but also eliminates foul odours by maintaining high oxygen levels in the tank.
“Keeping your coolant in a good condition can prolong the life of your coolant for up to three years,” Mr Fowler says. “As a result, machine shops can save costs while at the same time increasing productivity and part quality.”
Dimac also had its wide range of fixtures, vises and chucks on display.
This included the expanded range of the new Kitagawa DH Series collet chucks and the Kitagawa rotary table, which comes in three different sizes.
Kitagawa has a great torque capability, making it very rigid and accurate with heavier cuts.
Another crowd puller was the live demonstration of the rotary wiper spin window.
“Retrofitting a rotary wiper spin window to a CNC lathe or machining centre can deliver great productivity benefits,” Mr Fowler explains.
“Spin windows are an essential part of making quick setups as you can see quite clearly what is going on, even in such a harsh environment as that of high-pressure coolant.”
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