20 Aug 2015

Intertek, a leading provider of quality services to a wide range of industries around the world, is now providing enhanced quality testing and condition monitoring services for Metalworking Fluids (MWFs) in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.  By increasing the number of quality staff, with a wide range of expertise, and new equipment, the laboratory in Rotterdam is the only facility in the Intertek network of laboratories that is capable of providing many of the tests required for Metalworking Fluids.  These expansions to our analytical capabilities allow the laboratory to increase the volume of MWF analysis work and to be able to accept large volume testing requests while maintaining quick and accurate results that are price competitive.

Metalworking fluids are complex formulations which contain diverse additive types to ensure optimum performance. Metal cutting creates heat and particles which can damage equipment and products. Among the benefits and expected functions of MWF's are cooling, lubricity, corrosion protection, welding prevention, metal chip flushing, metal fragment removal, and surface integrity improvement.

Contaminants such as microbes and "tramp oil" can also enter MWF systems, accelerating fluid degradation over time.

For these reasons, it is important to monitor the quality and condition of MWFs over their operating lifetimes to help ensure performance can be maintained at acceptable levels.

Intertek's fluid condition monitoring laboratory in Rotterdam helps clients avoid expensive damage to expensive metal cutting machinery and costly downtime for repairs. Wear metal testing detects metal wear contamination, improving machinery reliability and preventing damage and downtime.

"Frank van Broekhoven, Laboratory Manager Intertek Rotterdam states that "Present customers are especially satisfied with the interaction, speed and high quality of this service provision of Intertek. With our new services for metalworking fluids Intertek offers a complete oil condition monitoring portfolio, for both lubricant oils and metalworking fluids."

The Intertek Rotterdam laboratory performs the following Metalworking Fluid tests:

  • Acid Split (DIN51368)
  • Alkalinity             
  • Acidity, pH (DIN51369)  
  • Chlorides            
  • Concentration by Refractive reading      
  • Conductivity 20°C (DIN51412)
  • Cream Release, Oil release, Tramp oils  
  • Nitrate, Nitrite                 
  • Corrosion test   (DIN51360/2)
  • Biocides (different types)           
  • Metals                 
  • Foam test           
  • Reichert test     
  • Residue                               
  • Surface Tension               
  • Bacteria, Fungi, Yeast    
  • Cloudpoint
  • Ester, Fatty acid by FTIR

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About Intertek

Intertek is a leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide. From auditing and inspection, to testing, training, advisory, quality assurance and certification, Intertek adds value for its customers by helping improve the quality of their products, assets and processes. With a network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 38,000 people in more than 100 countries, Intertek supports companies' success in the global marketplace, by helping customers to meet end users' expectations for safety, sustainability, performance, integrity and desirability in virtually any market worldwide. Visit www.intertek.com.

For more information on Metalworking Fluids (MWF) testing, please contact:

Intertek Netherlands: 
Ilse Nagy
Sales Officer Analytical Assessment
+31 (10) 4902 702

Joeri Verwijs
Marketing & Communications
+31 (10) 4902 702

Kerry Walter
Marketing Services Manager
+1 713 730 3848