Turning 27/06/2024

High-Pressure Turning: All the Advantages


Advantages of Using High-Pressure in Turning

The high-pressure coolant system provides numerous benefits to the production process, extending beyond high-pressure oil management. It is crucial for increasing efficiency and productivity in bar turning operations.

First, the use of high-pressure coolant on sliding or fixed headstock lathes facilitates chip removal and evacuation while significantly reducing heat generation in the work area.

The positive impact on machine tool performance is immediate, leading to increased productivity and profitability. Optimized chip management and reduced heat development during machining result in longer tool life, better workpiece quality, and higher turning speeds.

1. Longer Tool Life

high-pressure lathe cutting tool

Rapid chip removal and reduced heat generation in the work area during turning operations directly impact the life of the cutting tool.

Effective lubrication and targeted cooling of the contact zone between the tool tip and the workpiece material decrease friction, slowing down the wear of cutting edges, and ensure longer operational life. This results in reduced maintenance and replacement costs for tools and improved production efficiency.

2. Improved Workpiece Quality

Using a high-pressure system in bar turning yields higher final workpiece quality, which is crucial for applications requiring extremely precise surface finishes and dimensional tolerances.

high-pressure turning workpiece

The high-pressure coolant jet directed at the cutting area helps break and remove chips, minimizing the risk of surface damage due to chip accumulation. Moreover, effective chip evacuation from grooves allows for deep drilling in one pass, eliminating the need for reaming operations and significantly saving time.

The high-pressure system also controls the temperature in the work area, reducing heat development and preventing thermal deformations that could alter the finished piece's dimensions. This ensures more accurate machining and better compliance with customer specifications.

The final workpiece quality is significantly improved in terms of dimensional adherence and surface finish, even under stringent tolerances.

3. Higher Turning Speed

Reduced friction and heat in the work area, thanks to the targeted jet and controlled pressure of the coolant, allow for increased turning speeds without compromising workpiece quality or tool life.

Higher turning speeds reduce cycle times, ensuring the production of more finished pieces within the same time frame. This boosts overall productivity and efficiency of machining operations while lowering production costs.

high-pressure coolant system in turning

Choosing the Right High-Pressure Coolant System

The use of a high-pressure coolant system provides numerous benefits during turning operations, including longer tool life, improved workpiece quality, and higher turning speeds.

Maximum advantage can only be achieved by selecting the high-pressure coolant system best suited to your production needs and designed to meet the operator's requirements.

It is important not to overlook the characteristics of this peripheral equipment for the lathe: customization options, flexibility, maintenance requirements, and energy consumption control.

IEMCA has designed a range of high-pressure coolant systems to integrate perfectly with the lathe-bar feeder application: explore the technical specifications and contact us to define the best solution for your turning machine shop.