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Step 1: Receipt and Logging
Information provided by the end user is entered into the log (ex. machine no., product used, contacts, date etc.)
Step 2: Determine Concentration
After Logging, we use a digital refractometer to measure Brix to then calculate the coolant concentration.
Concentration is the most important factor in maintaining a coolant’s health.
Step 3: Checking Water Condition
Water hardness is determined by a test strip dipped in the coolant. This is then compared against a color gradient chart.
High water hardness can affect coolant stability and corrosion resistance.
Different parts of the USA have different water hardness and quality. It’s a good practice to send a sample of your water to our lab to determine if any adjustments need to be made to ensure proper coolant performance.
Step 4: Bacteria/Fungal Testing
Bacteria and fungi feed on the coolant degrading its quality and condition, fungal growth can clog lines and impede coolant flow/delivery.
Step 5: Measure pH
pH can provide a good indication of over all coolant condition.
Step 6: Coolant Analysis Report
We encourage all of our customers to send samples, as the data can illustrate trends and timely information that will allow a timely response if a problem is developing. It is less expensive to maintain the coolant than it is to pay for cleaning, disposing and then recharging a system, not to mention the cost of the downtime of the machine and the expense associated with a change out. Customers regularly sending samples will be able to see the trends as they develop a history of the coolant condition.
Postscript on Importance of Coolant Concentration
It literally takes about a minute to use a refractometer-digital or the sight glass models. Every Coolant, regardless of manufacturer, has its own Brix index. The reading of the Refractometer is then multiplied by the particular coolant Brix Factor (on every coolant label). To make the conversion easy, we have developed a Coolant Concentration Calculator that is on our web site at www.monroefluid.com. You simply choose the product, enter the Brix reading and the percentage is produced. Anecdotally, about 90% of coolant quality issues are directly related to coolant concentration.
We strongly suggest to our customers to take advantage of our free sample analysis. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 1-800-828-6351 our Lab and Technical Support Team are standing by to assist you.