Autofiltrex Magnetic Filter
Automated magnetic filtration system for off-line operation
Company Name: Eclipse Tools
Location: Jiangmen, South China
Eclipse Product Installed: AutoMag 6 Skid
Machined Material: M2 Steel
Industry Process Type: Grinding hand hacksaw blades
The Spear & Jackson Group encompasses three principle divisions including tools, precision measurement, and magnetic technologies. As part of the Spear & Jackson Group, Eclipse Professional Tools offer a comprehensive range of cutting tools, including its ‘Predator’ range of hand hacksaw blades which are renowned for their superb cutting capabilities, performance, and safety.
The manufacturing facility for Eclipse Tools is located at the HSB plant in Jiangmen, South China. A creep feed grinder is used to manufacture the hand hacksaw blades from M2 steel. This large, powerful grinding machine facilitates full depth of cut and uses a synthetic, water based coolant to facilitate the manufacturing process. With a 3000 litre fluid tank, flow rates are approximately 160 litres per minute and operate with 10 bar of pressure.
As a brand new machine, the creep feed grinder was fitted with a paper filter roll. In addition to being expensive when replaced regularly, the paper filters become contaminated by metal swarf quickly.
Drawing on past experience, staff at the Eclipse Tools manufacturing facility decided that it would be sensible to add an extra level of filtration in the form of a magnetic filter in order to capture and remove ferrous particles from the coolant. The magnetic filter, therefore, would remove the contamination before it reaches the paper filter, preventing it from clogging up and needing to be replaced frequently. Acting as a primary filter, the magnetic filter would take out the metal contamination, therefore extending the life of the paper filter significantly, in turn saving money and reducing waste.
Eclipse Magnetics provided Eclipse Tools in China with an AutoMag Skid magnetic filtration system. The AM 6 AutoMag filter unit boasts 6 magnetic cores, and a maximum flow rate of 450 litres per minute. With a contamination capacity of up to 7kg, the AM 6 has a maximum operating pressure of up to 10 bar. This effective self-contained filtration and fluid recovery system has a fully automated operation which minimises fluid loss during cleaning and is ideal for the company’s creep feed grinding machine.
The AutoMag Skid has been installed on the creep feed grinding machine at the very first stage of the filtration process. The majority of the ferrous contamination generated by the grinding process is made up from steel swarf created during the manufacture of the hand hacksaw blades. Contamination generated by the natural wear and tear of the aluminium oxide grinding wheel, however, is not magnetic. This fine, non-ferrous contamination, therefore, is removed from the coolant afterwards using the paper filter.
The AutoMag Skid removes magnetic and para-magnetic contamination, down to submicron size, from the coolant used in Eclipse Tools’ creep feed grinding machine. The filter holds the contamination until it is released during the automated 'purge' process, which briefly diverts the filter's purged output so that fluid carries all the contamination to the buffer tank. The buffer tank then feeds the contaminated fluid to the high-intensity coolant roller, and the magnetic coolant roller removes the contamination from the fluid. The clean fluid is then put back into circulation, and the contamination is extracted in a form ready for disposal or recycling.
As a result of the magnetic filtration, the coolant is much cleaner. With fewer contaminants circulating around the grinding machine, critical components such as the pump are at reduced risk of wear, damage, and failure. The AutoMag Skid also extends the life of the paper filter significantly, effectively collecting and removing the vast majority of contamination before it reaches the paper filter. The result is that the paper filter needs to be changed less frequently, not only saving money on replacements, but also reducing the environmental impact of disposal.
The magnetic filtration solution has only been installed in the new machine for a matter of months, but it has made overall improvements to efficiency. A significant amount of ferrous contamination is now being removed from the coolant, meaning that the waste can be recycled due to the high steel content, or adequately disposed of in an effective waste management programme.
David Liang, General Manager at Eclipse Tools Jiangman said: “Our operator are very happy with the installation of the Automag Skid. Cleaning out the coolant tank is hard and time consuming job, and the AM6 greatly reduces the frequency of it. The magnetic filter removes almost all the ferrous contamination from the system, in turn greatly reducing the amount of material collecting on the paper filter. This means that the paper use and frequency of its replacement is greatly reduced.
The AutoMag Skid has definitely enabled our operators to improve efficiency. Compare the paper filtration methods, the AM6 not only improves efficiency, it also saves costs. It is a maintenance free machine!”
"We were delighted with the service provided by Eclipse Magnetics; from the initial site survey through to delivery."
"I cannot begin to tell you how much it has helped our operation, the magnetic filtration unit has been a real problem solver it has surpassed all our expectations. Its cured a 30 year plague!"
"This technology is economical, reliable and efficient. I believe that magnetic filtration technology is the future."
"Magnetic filtration has dramatically cleaned up our fluids and improved the surface finish we can offer. It extracts around 50Kg per day of ferrous waste."
"We chose Eclipse Magnetics to supply our housed grid because they are a respected and well-established brand. They offered us a very competitive price, and the process of ordering and installation was straightforward and reliable."
“We are delighted with the Automag installation; it’s solved all the problems we were having previously with downtime and maintenance costs. The filter means that we are able to use recycled water, which is saving us £1000 per week!”
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