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Welcome to Zebra Skimmers’ Coolant Maintenance and Automation Blog – your central hub for all things pertaining to industrial coolant management! Our team at Zebra Skimmers is thrilled to share with you our deep knowledge and expertise in coolant maintenance and the innovative world of automation. Here, we’ll dive into various topics, from best practices for maintaining coolant health, understanding the impact of coolant maintenance on machine longevity and productivity, to the latest advances in automation technology that are revolutionizing the industrial landscape.Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a beginner in the field, this blog will equip you with valuable insights and practical advice to optimize your operations, reduce costs, and boost efficiency.

Unlock Untapped Potential While Maximizing Your Labor: The Case for Automation

Discover the untapped potential within your CNC operations by delving into the transformative power of automated coolant delivery systems. The concept of Return on Investment (ROI) is often associated with increased productivity and reduced downtime. It's essential to recognize the concealed opportunity costs linked to diverting your workforce from more valuable tasks for routine coolant maintenance. Let's explore this uncharted territory and shed light on the potential gains.   Counting the Cost of Interrupted Minutes Consider the scenario: a bustling machine shop encompassing 19 weekly shifts, including weekdays and weekends. Imagine each shift loses a mere 8 minutes for every sump due to manual coolant management tasks. When extrapolated to a shop housing 100 sumps, the cumulative lost time

The Future of CNC Coolant Maintenance: Unleashing Efficiency with Zebra Skimmers’ Dazzle 2 System

Unleashing Efficiency Coolant management has been a critical yet often overlooked facet of CNC operations for decades. In the ever-evolving manufacturing landscape, companies that adopt coolant solutions can find themselves at a competitive advantage. At Zebra Skimmers, we understand this challenge well. With over 28 years in the industry, we've made it our mission to provide cutting-edge coolant maintenance solutions and unleashing efficiency in your shop. Today, we are thrilled to introduce our Dazzle™ 2 Coolant Full Automation System.   What Sets Dazzle™ 2 Apart? Drawing upon our extensive experience and intimate understanding of CNC sumps, our team has designed and engineered the Dazzle™ 2 system in-house. This patented, industry 4.0 automated system offers unprecedented control over sump concentration

Insights from the Field: Unraveling the Mysteries of Proportioning Pump Mix Ratios

Understanding proportioning pump mix ratios is crucial. This is especially true when it involves the delicate balance of coolant and water. It's not just numbers. It's a carefully calibrated dance that ensures the efficiency and performance of your mixture. For instance, one of our flagship products, the MIXPP518 Proportioning Pump, demonstrates a flexible range of mix ratios. The variability caters to various needs, from a gentle 1-part coolant to 70 parts water (a ratio of 1:70 or 1.4%) to a more robust 1-part coolant to 7 parts water (expressed as 1:7 or 12.3%). But beware. These percentages are not to be confused with BRIX concentration readings! Here's where it gets fascinating.   A Real-World Example: I recently had a

Cutting Costs in Manufacturing: Coolant Concentration Management Made Easy with Zebra Skimmers

Coolant Concentration Management Made Easy Cost control is pivotal in maintaining a competitive edge in the challenging manufacturing arena. This reality pushes executives to seek innovative solutions and implement strategic measures that enhance operational efficiency while reducing expenses. Zebra Skimmers, backed by years of manufacturing industry experience, champions this drive by providing cutting-edge solutions that cater to your cost-control motives. One of these endeavors involves an essential aspect of CNC operations: coolant concentration management. Achieving the correct coolant concentrations in CNC machines is not just a routine check, it's an efficient, cost-cutting strategy that plays an influential role in your bottom line.   How do you mix coolant concentrate with water? Check the manufacturer's guidelines for the recommended coolant

Hot sauce, beer, and … skimmers!

Greetings, metalworking aficionados! What's the connection between Ohio-crafted hot sauce and beer, and Zebra Skimmers? At first glance, it seems there's no common thread (although when I'm traveling to visit shops I always make sure to find the local breweries.) But let’s delve deeper. Just like hot sauce and beer, coolant—the lifeblood of metalworking—benefits from purity, unadulterated by contaminants such as oil. Ohio is known for more than its industrial prowess. It's a state with a rich culture of food and drink, particularly its craft beer and hot sauce industries. Ohio's craft beer scene is a vibrant hub of creativity, housing over 300 breweries that churn out an incredible array of beer styles. From the complex, rich porters and

Navigating CNC Coolant Maintenance: Insights for Peak Manufacturing Performance

In the competitive manufacturing arena, industry executives constantly pursue strategies to optimize operations and maintain a competitive edge with peak manufacturing performance. Drawing upon decades of experience in the manufacturing industry, Zebra Skimmers acknowledges the distinctive challenges and opportunities within the sector. We proudly provide cutting-edge CNC coolant accessory solutions tailored to surpass your operational expectations and requirements. A core aspect of achieving optimal manufacturing performance lies in effective coolant maintenance. Recognizing the significance it holds in your manufacturing process is crucial to safeguarding the well-being of your workplace. It also assists with extending equipment lifespan, optimizing process efficiency, and, ultimately, maximizing profit. Why Coolant Maintenance Is Non-Negotiable Giving top priority to coolant maintenance in your shop is of

Skimming Diaries: How Full Automation Can Boost Your CNC Metalworking Shop’s Productivity and Profitability

If you run a CNC metalworking shop, you know how important it is to maintain optimal coolant concentration levels in your machines. Too high or too low concentrations can lead to poor surface finish, tool wear, corrosion, bacterial growth, and wasted coolant. That's why you need a reliable and accurate coolant automation system. One that can monitor and adjust the concentration levels automatically, without any human intervention. But not all coolant automation systems are created equal. Some systems claim to offer automation, but they still require manual input of BRIX readings from CNC operators. This introduces the risk of human error, inconsistency, and inefficiency. Moreover, it takes away valuable time from your operators that could be spent on

Unleashing Operational Efficiency Through CNC Coolant Maintenance: The Power of Oil Skimmers

The power of oil skimmers Today's competitive manufacturing industry necessitates an ongoing search for innovative ways to improve operational efficiency and maintain a competitive edge. This continuous quest calls for the assessment and refinement of numerous processes within your business and manufacturing facilities. This also includes an often-overlooked aspect of production: CNC coolant maintenance. For any business executive in the manufacturing sector, maintaining the optimal performance of your CNC machines is another top priority. At the heart of this lies the coolant. This is the lifeblood of your CNC machines. However, its effectiveness can dwindle over time due to contamination with oil and other undesirables. That's where oil skimmers come into action. As an industry leader, Zebra Skimmers aims

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