Swarf crushers are the latest product from Dimac Tooling , designed to optimise swarf storage by compacting metal shavings into billets.
Cutting fluid can also be recovered using these swarf crushers, allowing companies to gain a better price from the sale of swarf.
The system works by loading swarf into a hopper where two horizontal augers and a vertical auger feed the swarf into a chamber.
The swarf is then compressed into billets of 53mm in diameter, dimensions which can be varied to suit different materials.
Once the shavings have been compressed into billets, the swarf crushers then transfer them to an elevator and up into a collection drum.
During this compression process, the swarf crushers squeeze out cutting fluids, which are recovered in a tray underneath the machine.
From there, they can either be pumped directly back into the machining tools tank or into a separate holding container.
The compact design of the swarf crushers allows them to be installed underneath the swarf conveyor of machining tools or as a stand-alone unit to service a number of machines.
Managing Director of Dimac Tooling, Paul Fowler notes that “when the swarf is compacted into billets its sale value increases as part of the metal merchants processing has already been taken care of.”
Billets are also smaller, he says, so customers can afford to keep them inside to avoid rust issues. Transport costs are reduced by having less pick ups by the metal merchant.
With both cutting oils and metals recycled, the swarf crushers are environmentally sound too, and businesses can save further by reducing the amount of material burnt and oil leaking down drains.
Suitable for both ferrous and non- ferrous materials, around 95 per cent of coolant from the material is extracted by the swarf crushers during the compression process.
The system comes with a swarf height sensor to turn the machine on and off depending on the amount of swarf in the hopper.
Swarf crushers are available in standard and high speed models, with an output of 50kg per hour and 90kg per hour for steel respectively.
Customers have the option of a bin loading systems, which can make using swarf crushers even more cost effective.
“By having your specially designed bin under the machine tool conveyor you can easily load up the machine with the push of a bottom, even while its working,” concludes Paul.