Machine Shop Chillers

June 15th, 2018 by

J.C. Younger has over sixty years of knowledge and experience in manufacturing and remanufacturing of chillers for a multitude of industrial needs. We have chillers that are the perfect solutions for a variety of metalworking applications. When working with machine shop tools, heat is the biggest issue. Here are some great articles with tips on a few metalworking applications that include the all-important factor of cooling as found on TheFabricator.com.

  • Stamping
    • “How to keep hydraulic presses running: Know thy press: In sickness and in health” by Jean, C., Lavoie, T. (2007, May 8) reviews the differences between using an air chiller versus a water chiller to ideally maintain the oil temperature.
      • An air chiller uses a radiator to disperse the heat through the chiller via an electric fan. The radiator needs to be regularly cleaned of dirt and dust that can block maximum airflow. The use of a “common filter” is beneficial to catch these normal, flow blocking particles.
      • A water chiller is noted to be a better choice because “the inlet temperature can be adjusted.” The expense and/or availability of water may be problematic, especially if city water is the only option. Rusting of the exchanger is another possible issue, but “anti-rusting agents can be added to the water.”
  • Spot welders
    • “Respecting your resistance welder: Avoiding downtime with preventive maintenance practices” by Snow, T. (2008, March 11) reports on the importance, correct installation, proper use and maintenance of water chillers to properly cool resistant welding equipment.
      • Proper water flow should be kept at the acceptable temperatures.
      • “Properly installed and maintained water-cooling circuits” are extremely important factors.
      • City water and unfiltered water can eventually lead to restricted water flow due to mineral deposits and sludge build-up. Be careful to use only an industrial cleaning solution or diluted, white vinegar to avoid corrosion to “transformer’s internal copper water tubes.”
      • The proper size of chiller is important.
      • Chiller condensation needs to be kept in check by maintaining “the chiller’s water temperature above the dew point each season.” To help lower condensation, water chillers do not need to be running when the machine is not in operation. When left for extended time periods, thoroughly soaked transformers can lead to downtime.
  • Laser cutting
    • “5 commonly overlooked laser maintenance areas: Lack of preventive maintenance = lackluster laser performance” by Frederickson, B., Hahn, J. (2011, December 15) impresses upon the importance of watching the chiller temperature and using a chiller that offers less worry with regards to “additives and chemicals.”
      • No matter the climate, laser cutting chillers should hold a constant temperature.
      • New technology has brought lower maintenance needed other than “cleaning condenser coils and filters.”
      • Run chiller unit for a few minutes prior to laser cutting to reduce conductivity.
      • The necessity to use additives and chemicals has been replaced with new technology that only needs water level maintenance and change of the resin to lower conductivity.
    • For a little extra, here is some good, old news about an innovative way to let your laser chiller warm up a frigid workshop in the winter months. “Working in a cold shop” by Martin, N. (2015, March 26) explains how a group of North Carolina metal workers ducted their laser chiller inside for the winter months. Quite interesting bit of information that may or may not be useful to another group of metal workers needing a little bit of warmth.

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