IFDR Precision Filtration Solutions...
for High Performance Machining and Grinding platforms

IFDR Precision Filtration solutions are the key to improving tool life and are a step change in both technical capability and process reliability. “Plug and play” IFDRs are proven to at least double effective tool life by maximising the cleanliness of your metalworking fluid. This will in turn improve productivity and quality, minimise environmental impact and ultimately reduce the cost-per-part produced.

IFDR Precision Filtration Diagram

Supplied either as a retrofit to existing machine tools or as part of a new turnkey installation, IFDR’s have proven their worth in many applications on equipment from leading machine tool manufacturers including Mazak, Mori Seiki and Hermle.

Could you benefit from an IFDR solution?

  • Are you prematurely sacrificing tool life or does parts per tool deteriorate over time?
  • Interested in extending sump life to over 2 years with reduced risk of microbial activity?
  • Are there health & safety concerns about the smells coming from sumps?
  • Are tooling failures and through spindle blockages a regular occurrence?
  • Want to reduce the volume of fluid purchased?
  • Keen to reduce the risk of component surface quality issues?
  • Looking to modernise and standardise your filtration systems across all platforms?
  • Are maintenance interventions reducing machine availability?

An IFDR Solution will provide operational, quality, environmental and financial benefits to your organisation.

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Why not contact FMS about an IFDR solution for your machining application?

How do IFDR’s work?

Unlike other filtration systems IFDR's are unique and guarantee a step change in technical capability and process reliability. This is achieved through the inline processing of the whole metalworking fluid volume prior to delivery back, under variable flow and pressure, to the cutting zone.

The primary separation process, to remove particles, is a merger of hydro-cyclonic and centrifuge technologies delivering the benefits of both without any of the drawbacks. With no moving or wear parts this primary process utilises fluid flow to remove particles to below 10µ with 95% single pass efficiency without the need for consumable media. Absolute effectiveness is down to the individual material being machined. In an aerospace grinding application 90% of retained particles in the processed fluid stream were below 1.95µ with no particles above 6 µ.

An inline secondary process removes tramp oil and separates away from the metalworking fluid prior to the now decontaminated fluid being returned direct to the cutting zone to mitigate the traditional impacts of contaminated fluid impinging on machinability.

When comparing filtration systems capabilities, as no mechanical system is 100% efficient, we need to ask what residual contamination remains post filtration and is delivered within the fluid stream to the cutting zone and what impact does this contamination have on machinability?

How can FMS help?

Correctly specifying the optimum solution from the IFDR range is an integral part of our service. Working in partnership, we can help identify root cause productivity issues to help justify the business case to retrofit IFDR to existing plant or install as part of a modular equipment modernisation program. For Turnkey installations we will coordinate with all parties to ensure the correctly specified solution is delivered on time, within budget and commissioned to your satisfaction.

Maximising cutting fluid performance in high performance machining applications needs more than the cursory concentration, pH and bacteria checks traditionally undertaken as this does not take into account the impact of residual contamination or tramp oil still in the transition phase.

Features and Benefits

IFDR solutions offer a straightforward and robust capability to make and sustain operational, quality, environmental and ultimately financial improvements in machining, grinding and surface finishing applications. Operationally from reduced abrasive and tool wear and fewer maintenance interventions, from a quality perspective through improved component surface quality, environmentally through reduced fluid consumption and disposal, all of which will culminate in improved financial performance by reducing the cost per part produced.

The design of the IFDR systems provides manufacturers with the opportunity to increase productivity and reduce environmental impact whether as a retrofit or part of a turnkey installation.

The cleaner a metalworking fluid being delivered to the cutting zone, the greater the machining performance and the lower the cost per part. This is the primary function of an IFDR solution.

The combination of precision filtration, immediate extraction of fines and sludge away from machine tools, coupled with the ability to recycle the metal content is a unique solution from FMS which helps manufacturers reduce costs and streamline operations.