Increase Coolant Pressure Without a New Pump

These coolant lines are designed to provide a solid jet directly to the cutting zone while reducing captured air.

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Many of the open house events I attend are essentially like mini trade shows, showcasing technology offerings from a number of suppliers in addition to the host company. For an editor like yours truly, that format is ideal—I never know what interesting development I might find tucked away in a corner somewhere that I otherwise might never encounter.

The most recent example is a coolant nozzle designed to replace the multi-colored plastic lines that adorn most of the machine tools I’ve seen during my time in the field. I spotted this development at the grand opening of Methods Machine Tools’ new Southern California technology center in Anaheim, where I met Ira Kaplan, its designer. Known as the SwivelJet, it is constructed of solid brass links that provide the rigidity to stay on target, yet swivel as much as 30 degrees for setup flexibility. Inside each link, a ball-and-socket-like setup ensures flowing coolant follows a straight, narrow path through the line with no room to deflect. Kaplan says replacing a standard line with this technology can increase coolant pressure from 30 to 60 psi. Visit the company’s website for additional information.

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