Distributor Spotlight

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Glockner Oil Company has been a distributor for Tullco, Inc products for many years. They established themselves in 1968.  Glockner Oil continues to grow; they have expanded to two locations, Cincinnati and Columbus, covering 11 states.

  • Over 40 years of service
  • 500,000 gallon on-site bulk lube storage
  • Complete line of lube & fuel equipment
  • In-house equipment repair & installation
  • Lube surveys available
  • Full line of Commercial, Industrial, Fleet & Heavy-Duty Off-Highway lubricants
  • We specialize in fuel for all fleets
  • Premium diesel, bio-diesel, kerosene, E85 and gasoline available
  • Account Managers follow up with you personally, to ensure you receive the quick personalized service you deserve
  • Full service lubricant distributor
  • Used oil, antifreeze & filters removal, oily water pickup, parts washer sales & service, solvent recycling and lifetime manifest retention – EPA approved
  • They realize in your industry the need for fast and responsive delivery. At Glockner Oil strives to do what is convenient for their customers. They do not believe in set schedules. If your schedule changes due to an emergency so does theirs.

#distributor, #coolants, #thankyou4yourbiz

Machining Tips: How to Select the Right Coolant for Machining Plastics



Coolants are not generally required for most machining operations involving engineering thermoplastics. The two most common exceptions are drilling and part-off operations. Both involve more tool-part friction than milling and turning operations. Some highly filled, high performance materials, which are very hard by their nature benefit from the use of coolants, but most general purpose materials such as UHMW, nylon, acetal and PTFE (Teflon) can be machined dry, making part clean-up and handling easier. Examples of high performance materials that almost always require the use of coolants are Torlon PAI and Celazole PBI.

The low friction and lower hardness of plastics (compared with metals) reduces the frictional heat build-up at the tool tip during machining operations. However plastics being thermal insulators cause the generated heat to be held at the cutting interface. The amount of heat being generated depends on the depth of cut, feed rate and tooling geometry (neutral to slightly positive geometries are always suggested.) Deep holes and cuts involving tool-to-part rubbing generate frictional heat that generally has to be minimized through the use of coolants. The reduction of frictional heat via the use of coolants improves the surface finish of machined parts as well as part tolerances and leads to longer tool life, thus saving money.

The coolants acceptable for plastics include air, misting systems and flood coolants. Experimentation as to which is more appropriate for a give part is often recommended. Pressurized air can be used on most turning and boring operations. In addition to using the pressurized air to keep frictional heat down, the air can be used to direct the swarf away from the rotating part to avoid chip wrap.

Misting and flood coolants should always be non-aromatic and water-soluble solutions as many amorphous materials such as acrylic, polycarbonate, Noryl PPO, polysulfone and Ultem PEI are prone to stress cracking, a form of chemical attack from incompatible coolants. Two flood coolants suitable for most plastics are Trim 9106CS (Master Chemical Corp.-Perrysburg, OH) and Poly-Cut® (Tullco– Savannah, GA)* A mist coolant generally suitable for plastics is Astro-Mist 2001A (Monroe Fluid Technology-Hilton, NY.)

Petroleum based fluids can be used for many semi-crystalline plastics such as nylon, acetal, polyesters, PTFE and most thermosets. Avoidance of this type of coolant is generally a good practice if any amorphous materials are being machined as it can be difficult to determine compatibility until it is too late.

#machiningplastics, #CNC


*Tullco, Inc. manufacturer of Premier Poly-Cut relcated to Greenville, SC in 2005.  Our Premier Poly-Cut® can be used on specialty metals, aluminum, steel, ceramic, rubber, glass and plastics.  It works very well in spray mist and flood systems.

Do You Have a Corrosion Problem?

So, as I read http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2017/03/remove-heat-tintweld-burn-rust-aluminum-mild-steel-stainless-steel-copper/this morning, it made me think; Why would someone want to add a caustic and costly process to their machining?  Then it hit me,  most people just look to fix the symptoms not the problem.  If you could machine steel, aluminum, or any specialty material and not incur a rust problem, wouldn’t you?

I may be biased towards our Premier Poly-Cut®, but we have been preventing this and many other machining problems for over 45 years.  Our customers have saved thousands of dollars by switching to our product.  The reason is  – It really does work!  If you are thinking about adding an acid bath to your process, give our machining fluid a try first.  Your machinist will thank you for it!  Contact Tullco to find out more. #AluminumFabrication, #CorrosionSolution

Chris Tully-Baugh


Monitoring Your Machine’s Fluid Just Got Easier!

We recommend you check your machines viscosity with a refractometer at least once a week, but if you are maximizing the capacity of your machine you may need to do it more often.  While you are checking your fluid, this is the opportune time to make sure your machines are cleared of debris and buildup.  You will also want to set up a maintenance schedule and following through with it; as it could save you headaches later on.  Nothing like needing to produce a product, when a machine goes down unexpectedly.  Keeping up a maintenance program for your machines won’t catch everything, but it will allow you to catch problems when they are small.

This is where advancements in technology can really improve your bottom line.  As manufacturing evolves with new technology, so should your monitoring of your machines and processes.  You can save yourself a lot of time and money if you do.  With the newest phone/tablet apps, it is now even easier.  One that I recently read about in Fabricating & Metalworking Magazine, FST Tech Tool Mobile App, for Apple ® devices looks to improve the efficiency of machine maintenance.    It allows those that need to log in and monitor machine fluid ordering needs, machine issues, and scanning bar codes of supplies.  If you have android devices, their app won’t work for you (hopefully they are working on that?)  While searching for an Android maintenance app, I found ManagerPlus Mobile.  It works with both Android® and Apple® devices.  It looks to do everything the FST Tech Tool Mobile App does.  If you already have employees using both platforms, then this might be a better option for you.  Ultimately you need to do your research and find the best solution for you!

#Tullco, #WhyPremierPoly-Cut, #MachineMaintenance, #TechTools

Chris Tully-Baugh

Study Forecasts Metalworking Fluids Market Growth to 2024

I found this article on Engineering360 and thought I would share it.  It shows that manufacturing is growing.  Our Premier Poly-Cut works well with Aluminum, steel and specialty metals, but it will not craze plastic as well.  For an automotive parts manufacturer, that can save them thousands of dollars in changeover and production costs.   #premierpoly-cut a #bettersolution!


Chris Tully-Baugh


The size of the global metalworking fluids market size is likely to exceed $14 billion by 2024, according to a research report by Global Market Insights.

A growing automotive industry is the key factor driving the global metalworking fluids market. Metals are widely used in automobiles due to their physical and molecular stability and structural strength, the study says. Metalworking fluids are used as coolants in automotive applications including metal protecting, metal forming, metal removal, and metal treating.

Automotive sector demand is forecast to drive growth for metalworking fluids.Automotive sector demand is forecast to drive growth for metalworking fluids.Using metalworking fluids also increases the automobile part life by reducing wear and thermal deformation and increasing lubrication. This will consequently help to propel business growth, the study says.

In addition, the metal fabrication industry is likely to boost metalworking fluids market share by 2024. In 2015 volume was close 1.5 billion tons and is projected to reach 2.3 billion tons by the end of 2024. Steel and metal are crucial components of aerospace, automobile, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and machinery. Various downstream process of steel and metal such as cutting, bending and assembling, which involves the use of fluids, result in industry growth.

At the same time, the study says that environmental regulations related to toxic waste disposal may hamper metalworking fluids market growth. Worker health risk concerns through these fluids also may obstruct growth.

In addition, the report says that “strong demand indicators” of alloys such as aluminum in the automotive and aerospace industry may restrict product demand, as these compounds do not demand metalworking fluids during the machining process.

Because petrochemicals are the basic raw materials used in the industry, oscillating crude oil prices may negatively influence metalworking fluid market price trends. However, the study says that the emergence of bio-based metalworking fluids has created new growth avenues for industry participants.

To contact the author of this article, email engineering360editors@ieeeglobalspec.com



Distributor spotlite


D & J Tool & Supply, LLC is a general line industrial distributor based in Knoxville, TN. They provide metalworking machinery, fabricating equipment, machine tool accessories, cutting tools, hand and power tools, measuring tools, fluids, and plant and safety supplies. Additionally they offer some specialty tools for the performance engine industry. They can also provide our customers with replacement parts for many machines.  Since the business started in 1999, it has been their goal to become one of the most reliable sources for industrial supplies. In an ongoing effort to reach this goal they are continually adding product lines. They also offer used equipment sales, brokering and consignment.  #distributor, #coolants, #thankyou4yourbiz



What Will They Think of Next?


The next innovation of plastics and rubber is almost here.  As technology changes, so must your processes.  Premier Poly-Cut works great when cutting rubber and plastics.  So if you are currently cutting or forming rubber or plastic products , consider trying Premier Poly-Cut.  It does not craze, it is clean to work with and is used in the manufacture of medical devices, aerospace parts, automotive parts.  Check out the link to an article about a new self-healing material that will be a game changer in the medical and aerospace industries. The uses for this material are boundless.  #plastics, #rubber, #gamechanger

Chris Tully-Baugh





3D Printing

Will 3D printing affect your manufacturing processes?  If not today, probably in the near future.  Currently Ford Motor Company utilizes 3D printing for test parts.  The current cost is still more than traditional manufacturing, but that is quickly changing as printers and materials get cheaper and  printers get faster.

How can we embrace these changes so that we are not left behind?  Learning about new technologies and integrating them into your 12-24 month business plan will ensure you know that answer.  Make sure that it will improve your production, increase sales or reduce R & D costs, before you invest.  There are many resources out there for you to utilize. Look at local and state agencies, SBA and even your competition to determine if you need to make 3D changes.  Below are a couple of articles that discuss the future of 3D printing, you might enjoy.



Chris Tully-Baugh


How Defoamants Work

How Defoamants Work
As air becomes entrained in oil, air bubbles attempt to rise to the surface. While a bubble is rising through the oil, it passes through and picks up any number of defoamant additives that are blended into the lubricant. Defoamants are a little different than most additives in that they are suspended in oil rather than dissolved. This is important because defoamants would lose their ability to minimize foam if they were in a dissolved state.

Once an air bubble traps some of these additives in the bubble wall and finally reaches the oil’s surface, the defoamant works to impair the film strength of the bubble wall. Think of it as providing a weak spot in a chain. The interfacial tension of oil is relatively high, but the interfacial tension between the oil and the defoamant droplet is much lower. At this point, the additive spreads and ruptures, allowing air to spill into the atmosphere as the bubble bursts and the stable foam on the oil’s surface is minimized.

In a perfect world, defoamants would do their job, and foam would never be a problem. However, these additives can lose their effectiveness as a result of a number of issues. Perhaps one of the most widespread is the contamination of the oil. Any contaminant that impairs the oil’s surface tension can diminish the performance of the defoamant. Water is one of the most common contaminants that reduces surface tension and leads to excess foaming. Other contaminants include detergents, solvents, fuels and oxidation byproducts. By keeping out contaminants and maintaining clean oil, you can proactively manage foaming.

Another reason defoamants become ineffective is because of their removal from the oil. This can occur due to filtration, which will be discussed later, or from the oil being stored for an extended period of time. Since these additives are suspended and not dissolved, they are prone to settling out of the oil. Without sufficient agitation, defoamants may not fully suspend when the oil is added to a machine, especially if the oil has been in storage for a considerable length of time. This is why performance testing of stored lubricants is highly recommended. It is also one of the many issues that can arise from lubricants exceeding their shelf life in storage.

Machinery Lubrication (8/2016), Wes Cash, Noria Corporation, http://www.machinerylubrication.com/Read/30566/defoamant-additives-filtered.  #defoamer, #machining, #CNC

Chris Tully-Baugh

When should you change your metalworking fluid?

You should check your machining fluids on a consistent schedule.  Depending on how much manufacturing you do, would determine how often you change your fluids.  According to OSHA’s website:https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/metalworkingfluids/metalworkingfluids_manual.html https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/metalworkingfluids/metalworkingfluids_manual.html

there are many signs that a fluid has undergone changes and is no longer safe to use.  It can become a hazard in you facility. If one or more of the following changes occur, it should be replaced.

  • Low sump level. Check the sump level at the start of the shift. A low sump level (30% below the full mark) shows metalworking fluid loss or water evaporation (increasing the concentration of chemicals present in the MWF). The proper concentration should be verified with a refractometer.
  • Abnormal fluid appearance. Does the color of your coolant look normal? If the fluid turns gray or black, then bacteria are often present. If the fluid picks up a yellow or brown tint then tramp oil may be present.
  • Foul smell (rancidity). If it smell bad, throw it out!  It usually means that there is uncontrolled micro bacterial growth in your fluid. These organisms can be released into the air and is a health hazard.
  • Floating matter on the fluid. If the fluid has floating chips, stringy material or mold growth, this is not normal. Try to remove as much as possible with a skimmer or have it pumped off. Proper and consistent maintenance of the filtration system and oil skimmer are necessary to assure that proper  function of machinery.
  • Tramp oil floating on the surface.  If there is too much tramp oil present, skim or pump the surface oil to remove it. These oils are not developed with repeated skin contact in mind, and some components of these machine lubricants are highly irritating to the skin. Tramp oils can be a significant carrier of metallic fines, which can be deposited on the skin and cause mechanical irritation and cause dermatitis.
  • Dirty machines or trenches. This could mean that the emulsion is becoming unstable, the cleaners in the fluid have been depleted, the contaminants are being deposited from the fluid, there is filter failure, or there is poor housekeeping.  Premier Poly-Cut™  will actually clean out your machine.
  • Other things to consider
  1. rust or corrosion of the machine tool or of the part produced;
  2. staining of the metal machined or machine tool;
  3. tool failure due to the loss of performance additives;
  4. growth of fungi that block fluid flow;
  5. change of fluid viscosity (thinner or thicker);
  6. accumulation of water at the bottom of the oil sump drain, in straight oils;
  7. dirt and grit suspended in the fluid; and
  8. failure at the workpiece-tool interface (for example, burning of a ground part due to excessive heat build-up).

If you would like to learn how our products can help you solve these issues, contact us at this link Contact.  #ManufacturingMonth #Machining #Collants

Chris Tully-Baugh