Henkel’s long-life, odorless cutting fluids for CNC machining are helping Husqvarna and the environment
Every year about 8 million individual metal parts are cast and processed at the Husqvarna Group’s Swedish headquarters plant, which produces outdoor power tools like chainsaws and trimmers. To maintain its high productivity targets, and a safe and healthy workplace, Husqvarna adopted Henkel’s Bonderite L-MR bactericide-free cutting fluids. Husqvarna ran a six-month evaluation of different cutting fluids for its aluminum and magnesium grinding and finishing processes, including Henkel’s Bonderite L-MR product, which performed well and now is in continuous use.
Jens Gustafsson, Husqvarna process engineer, and Tomas Holmér, of lubricant distributor MetallChemie, evaluate surface finishes on aluminum diecastings.
Holmér, the distributor, visits the Swedish aluminum and magnesium diecasting operation every five weeks, to carry out tests on the lubricants and monitor critical parameters of their performance.
Husqvarna chainsaw diecast cylinder cases, ready for finish machining.
In addition to chainsaw cylinder cases, the Swedish diecasting and machining operation produces aluminum and magnesium castings for crankcases, flywheels, oil pumps and clutch covers — which means that finishing machines are run at high throughput rates.
Husqvarna tested the Henkel Bonderite L-MR cutting fluid extensively over a long period, following a six-month comparative test with other cutting fluids. The bactericide-free formulation has performed well and is in continuous use now.
Holmér grasps the production needs at Husqvarna, from his own experience and his attention to operating conditions at the plant.
Among the regular checks that Holmér makes to the plant’s cutting fluids’ performance parameters are the concentration and pH level.
Tomas Holmér said customers appreciate Henkel’s new generation of bactericide-free cutting fluids for their cooling performance and long bath-life.
In addition to the diecasting and machining operations, the Husqvarna plant paints and assembles the finished power tools.
In total the Husqvarna plant diecasts, machines, hones, paints, and assembles about 8 million individual metal parts annually.
Husqvarna’s diecasting operation maintains its high production levels and runs safely, smoothly, and effectively thanks to Henkel Bonderite L-MR cutting fluids … Read the full story …