Drilling, Reaming, Tapping

Automatic / Manual Machining Processes

Drilling is one of the most widely used machining processes to produce circular holes in metallic and nonmetallic materials.

A drill is a rotary end-cutting tool, with the most common type being the twist drill.  The drill, attached to either a stationary machine or hand held, is used to originate or enlarge a hole in a solid material.  A drill will have cutting edges and straight or helical grooves or flutes, which allow for movement of chips and cutting fluids.  Drill wear is not proportional to the number of holes drilled, but occurs at an accelerated rate.

A reamer is a rotary cutting tool with one or more cutting elements, used to enlarge to an exact size and impart a smooth finish to a previously drilled hole.  Drilling can be characterized as in a rough form, whereas reaming is the exact form.  Reaming is essentially a finishing operation.  A reamer can be either straight or tapered.

Milling produces machined surfaces by removing metal or other material using a rotating cutter having a certain number of cutting elements or teeth.  A characteristic feature of the milling process is that each tooth of the rotating cutter takes a portion of material in the form of small, individual chips.

It was shown that the application of minimal quantities of BOELUBE® lubricant could reduce friction, speed production, increase tool life, and improve surface finish and hole quality in a number of machining operations.

Using a coaxial supply of air and lubricant to the nozzle, the nozzle directs BOELUBE® lubricant droplets in the compressed air directly to the cutting edge.  The compressed air will help move chips from the tool cutting edge as the fine lubricant droplets form a thin film at the point of contact to reduce friction.

The near dry machining processes using BOELUBE® Liquid requires continual reapplication of lubricant to the tool cutting edge and wear surfaces.  This can be accomplished externally on shallow drilling, reaming and tapping operations, on milling cutters, and on band and circular saws.

In near dry machining (or MQL) the goal is high efficiency, which is achieved by using a minimal quantity of lubricant.  Typical BOELUBE® Liquid usage is about 1 fluid oz. (30 ml) per hour of
machining time, which is best determined by the machining process and workpiece composition.

Because minimal quantities are used and consumed for the most part in the machining
process, BOELUBE® Liquid produces near dry workpieces and chips with little or no clean-up or
related costs and no disposal costs.

Chip removal can be enhanced because a chip saturated in coolant can acquire both added weight and adhesion that make it more difficult to move away.  Cleanliness is a major benefit of near dry machining as greatly reduced use of cutting fluid results in both cleaner machines and shops.

Save time and money while being while being environmentally responsible!

On a comparative basis, near dry machining (or MQL) can yield longer tool life than machining with flood coolant.  The lubricity of BOELUBE® Liquid that is applied in small quantities is greater than that of high volume, water based flood coolant. 

BOELUBE® Liquid in a 4-ounce squeeze bottle with applicator tip, will enable a drop of Boelube Liquid to be applied manually to tools.

Automatic / Manual Machining Processes

Drilling is one of the most widely used machining processes to produce circular holes in metallic and nonmetallic materials.

A drill is a rotary end-cutting tool, with the most common type being the twist drill.  The drill, attached to either a stationary machine or hand held, is used to originate or enlarge a hole in a solid material.  A drill will have cutting edges and straight or helical grooves or flutes, which allow for movement of chips and cutting fluids.  Drill wear is not proportional to the number of holes drilled, but occurs at an accelerated rate.

A reamer is a rotary cutting tool with one or more cutting elements, used to enlarge to an exact size and impart a smooth finish to a previously drilled hole.  Drilling can be characterized as in a rough form, whereas reaming is the exact form.  Reaming is essentially a finishing operation.  A reamer can be either straight or tapered.

Milling produces machined surfaces by removing metal or other material using a rotating cutter having a certain number of cutting elements or teeth.  A characteristic feature of the milling process is that each tooth of the rotating cutter takes a portion of material in the form of small, individual chips.

It was shown that the application of minimal quantities of BOELUBE® lubricant could reduce friction, speed production, increase tool life, and improve surface finish and hole quality in a number of machining operations.

Using a coaxial supply of air and lubricant to the nozzle, the nozzle directs BOELUBE® lubricant droplets in the compressed air directly to the cutting edge.  The compressed air will help move chips from the tool cutting edge as the fine lubricant droplets form a thin film at the point of contact to reduce friction.

The near dry machining processes using BOELUBE® Liquid requires continual reapplication of lubricant to the tool cutting edge and wear surfaces.  This can be accomplished externally on shallow drilling, reaming and tapping operations, on milling cutters, and on band and circular saws.

In near dry machining (or MQL) the goal is high efficiency, which is achieved by using a minimal quantity of lubricant.  Typical BOELUBE® Liquid usage is about 1 fluid oz. (30 ml) per hour of
machining time, which is best determined by the machining process and workpiece composition.

Because minimal quantities are used and consumed for the most part in the machining
process, BOELUBE® Liquid produces near dry workpieces and chips with little or no clean-up or
related costs and no disposal costs.

Chip removal can be enhanced because a chip saturated in coolant can acquire both added weight and adhesion that make it more difficult to move away.  Cleanliness is a major benefit of near dry machining as greatly reduced use of cutting fluid results in both cleaner machines and shops.

Save time and money while being while being environmentally responsible!

On a comparative basis, near dry machining (or MQL) can yield longer tool life than machining with flood coolant.  The lubricity of BOELUBE® Liquid that is applied in small quantities is greater than that of high volume, water based flood coolant. 

BOELUBE® Liquid in a 4-ounce squeeze bottle with applicator tip, will enable a drop of Boelube Liquid to be applied manually to tools.