Fusion Coolant Systems will never use CO2 that was generated strictly for use as a metalworking fluid. In other words, we will always use CO2 that is recycled from other applications. While it is technically feasible to recycle CO2 from within the metalworking process, it is much less expensive to recover CO2 from the exhaust smokestacks of industrial operations such as the production of ethanol, ammonia, and hydrogen. Even after accounting for the purification process and trucking the CO2 to your facility, replacing your current metalworking fluids with supercritical CO2 metalworking fluids will almost always lower your carbon footprint due to the energy it takes to make and pump water and chemicals, and to maintain and dispose of them.
Fusion Pure-Cut and Lube-Cut will always have a lower carbon footprint than liquid nitrogen metalworking fluids due to the need to produce liquid nitrogen using electricity rather than recovering nearly pure CO2 from existing operations. Fusion products will also always have a lower carbon footprint than high pressure aqueous metalworking fluids due to the high electrical demands of pumping high volumes of water. Surprisingly, Fusion Pure-Cut and Lube-Cut often have a lower carbon footprint than traditional air-in-oil minimum quantity lubrication systems due to the often inefficient shop air systems used to drive them.
Fusion Technologies are inherently water free. They also eliminate downstream cleaning operations which may use water and other surfactant and solvent chemistry. The flexibility of the supercritical CO2 platform on which Lube-Cut is based gives maximum flexibility to identify and implement lubricants with minimal health and environmental impact while also using those lubricants at lower rates than even today’s oil-in-air technology. All of this adds up to superior health, safety, and environmental stewardship over the life cycle of your manufacturing operations.