|New ASTM Main Committee F35 on Compatibility of Machine Tool Components
with Industrial Lubricants
Feature: Standards for Machine Tools
by Yusuf Venjara
Feature: Machine Tool Safety Glass
by Ray LeFavor
When a machine is comprised of dozens of parts working together
at high speeds, and various manufacturers are making those parts
wellbut making them their own waythat machine is ripe for standardization.
The machine tool industry presents a classic need for standardization.
Machine tools are large, enclosed automated machines that can
turn, mill, and laser cut metals into precision parts for heavy
equipment and other complex machinery. With spindles, polyurethane
vision panels, metal parts and metal-working fluids, and other
lubricants working together at high speeds, compatibility among
these parts is critical. The wear that comes from incompatibility
can halt productivity and create safety problems for nearby workers.
Only recently have machine tools become the norm in shops around
the country. The industrys well-meaning but uncoordinated attempts
so far to address compatibility issues with largely company-based
standards has now resulted in the need for all stakeholders to
come together. The machine tool industry has chosen to develop
standards within ASTM International, and formed new Main Committee
F35 on Compatibility of Machine Tool Components with Industrial Lubricants.
While ASTM Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants creates standards for the
performance of lubricants and metalworking fluids, F35 will focus
on the interaction of those lubricants and fluids with components
of the machine tool. Additionally, F35 will offer stakeholders
an opportunity to come together to standardize the various components
of machine tools themselves.
Planned areas of standardization currently include:
Vision panel installation;
Chemical resistance of vision panels;
Impact resistance of vision panels;
Compatibility between electrical components (switches, controls,
and wiring) and lubricants/metal-working fluids;
Classification of metal working fluids for the machine tool
Terminology of metal-working fluids and industrial lubricants
for machine tool industry;
Compatibility of industrial lubricants and metal-working fluids;
Compatibility between paints, coatings, and adhesives and lubricants/metal-working
See the feature articles by Yusuf Venjara (Hitachi-Seiki, USA) and Ray LeFavor (MachGlass International) for more information.
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