SKF product range
SKF has developed a full range of MQL products and solutions ranging from internal or external lubrication for smaller or bigger tool diameters to automatic control or manual adjustable control with or without automatic monitoring of aerosol condition. Fig. 9 shows the full product range.
The most advanced MQL product, the DigitalSuper series, is equipped with its own control system and is available with the advanced field bus ProfiBus or ProfiNet for machining centres and turning centres with single and double spindles.
The Vario series has been designed for internal and external lubrication and can be controlled by a machine tool controller. The VarioSuper is suitable for machining centres, turning centres and special machines. The VarioPlus is hand-adjustable and suitable for turning, milling and drilling and can be retrofitted in turning and machining centres. Vario is a manual device for easy application for general and special applications (for example, multi-spindle) and retrofitting to lathes.
LubriLean Basic and Smart are entry-level products for MQL for external lubrication. LubriLean Basic is particularly suitable for use on a machine where the tool is to be wetted from two sides (option for up to eight nozzles), such as milling. LubriLean Smart is a cost-effective and easy installation solution. With this modular system, applications can be implemented flexibly and cost-effectively (e.g., transfer lines and centralized supply of several processing points).
SKF LubriLean can serve OEM customers and end users either for new-built machine tools or for retrofitting machine tools. Instead of high-pressure coolant liquid, the SKF Lubri-Lean devices generate aerosol with a plant-based oil through the Venturi effect without the use of a pump. This reduces energy consumption, enables higher cutting speed and longer tool life, avoids spillage in the machine tool area and provides dry workpieces without cleaning work and pollution.