FAQ: Coolants & Lubricants

What is the refractometer reading for Tri-Cool TC-1?

The refractometer reading for the concentrations are listed below:

Concentration Refractive Reading
5:1 8.0
10:1 4.2
20:1 2.3
50:1 0.8

What is the maximum viscosity for coolant that can be used with the siphon spray coolant systems?

We do not recommend anything with a viscosity of higher than 100 SSU @ 100 degrees Farenheit in our siphon spray coolant systems. Although these units may dispense fluids with a higher viscosity than this, they are not recommended.


If the customer wants to use lubricants and/or coolants other than ours, what are the recommended guidelines?

Because all of our spray systems are siphon type systems, except for the Mistmatic, it is recommended to not use any fluid with a viscosity of more than 100 SSU at 100 degrees farenheit in our siphon spray systems. Although fluid with a higher viscosity than this may be dispensed with our systems, it is not recommended to use them. All fluids must be compatable with buna-N and polyurethane. It is also important to note that under no circumstances should any fluid with a flash point of less than 200 degrees farenheit ever be dispensed by means of a spray delivery system.


What could be the cause of mold appearing on the Tri-Cool TC-1 and how can this be prevented/solved?

Tramp oils can cause the anti-bacterial additive to fall out of solution. These tramp oils are found on many new raw materials to prevent rust, oxidation and corrosion. These tramp oils can also have an effect on the rust inhibitor in the Tri-cool TC-1, causing them to fall out of solution, resulting in rust forming on machined pieces. Simple filtration will not prevent either of these situations. Removing these tramp oils from raw materials before machining operations may increase coolant life.


Can Tri-Cool TC-1 be used in a recirculating system? If so, how long could the customer keep using it before they would lose quality?

We have no record of any problems encountered with a recirculating system. The length of timne the product will last before it loses quality will vary with the hardness of water supply, "tramp oils" that may be getting into the system, etc. We do not recommend using it for longer than 4-6 months.


At what temperature will Tri-Cool TC-1 freeze?

Tri-Cool TC-1 will freeze at 32 degrees farenheit. The actual start point of gelling would be 40 degrees farenheit.


Why would rust form when using Tri-Cool TC-1?

Tramp oils, such as oils used to coat raw materials or oils leaking from the processing machine, can cause anti-rust inhibitors to fall out of solution. Simple filtration alone does not prevent this. Removing oils from raw materials before the machining process may increase coolant life.


Does Tri-Cool TC-1 contain ozone depleting chemicals?

No. Tri-Cool TC-1 neither contains nor forms ozone depleting chemicals during usage in any machining process.


What is the flash point of Tri-Cool TC-1?

Because Tri-Cool TC-1 is made mostly of water, there is no flash point.


Does Tri-Cool MD-1 meet the OSHA PEL exposure limit?

Yes, Tri-Cool MD-1 is a canola oil. Canola oil has a TWA of 15 milligrams per cubic meter for total particulate. This is equal to the OSHA permissible limit.