This kit will assist the user in testing the bacteria, yeasts, moulds and pH levels of metal cutting / metal working fluid.
1 X Orion MX8 Dipslide Incubator (up to 8 dipslide capacity)
2 x boxes of Metal Cutting Fluid Dipslides (Bacteria & Yeast / Mould test), 20 dipslides in total.
1 x pH Tester
This kit features a larger capacity incubator than our standard metal cutting test kit. It also features a pH tester rather than strips. This is a more long term solution as you will not need to keep buying pH strips when they run out.
Testing the pH of metal cutting fluid can indicate whether levels are corrosive. Low pH levels can be caused by the presence of bacteria. This is why using dipslides and a pH tester together gives a fuller indication of the 'health' and quality of your cutting fluid.
Ideally, you do not want your cutting fluid to have a lower pH than approx 8.5 as any fluid that is too acidic will corrode metals. However, you don't want a pH level that is too high as it can pose a risk to health (skin irritation etc).
There is now also an option to add a refractometer to this kit, please choose from the dropdown if you wish to do this.
The handheld pH tester in this kit is the EcoTestr pH 1. It has a full 0.0 to 14.0 pH range. It is battery operated and waterproof with a digital display. This device has a long sensor life and a sensor protective cap. Features include:
Auto-calibration & auto-buffer recognition
Hold function freezes making it easy to record readings
Waterproof tester floats if dropped in fluid
The Metal Cutting Fluid (MCBTM2) dipslides test the cutting fluid for bacteria and yeasts / moulds. Regular microbiological testing of metal cutting fluids is very important. High levels of bacterial contamination will degrade the quality of the fluid and will become a health risk. Contamination can also cause the pH level to lower to acidic levels.
There are 2 boxes of dipslides in this kit (20 dipslides) . To test your metal cutting fluid using these dipslides, carefully dip the slide within the fluid and immerse fully then replace the slide within its tube. You will then need to incubate the slides and once incubated, compare results with the comparison chart provided to evaluate if contamination is present.
The Orion MX8 Dipslide Incubator will incubate up to 8 dipslides at a time. No set up is required for this incubator. The temperature is pre set at 30 degrees Celcius. It features a durable lid for added protection when transporting the incubator.
This kit will provide everything you need to effectively test the microbiology and pH of your metal cutting fluids.
Reading the results
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|Level of infection in liquids|
|Approx colonies per agar||2||12||60||200||500||600+|
|HSE.gov.uk advice||Good control. Bacteria are being maintained at low levels. No further action is required.||Reasonable control. Review control measures to ensure levels of bacteria remain under control. Risk assessment should specify action to be taken. Biocides and or cleaning may be indicated. If biocides are used, expert advice should be obtained, and the concentration of biocides should be monitored||Poor control. Immediate action should be taken in line with the risk assessment. Normally at very high levels draining and cleaning, should take place.|
|Level of infection on surfaces|
|Level of yeasts in liquids|
|Approx yeasts colonies per agar||2||12||60||200||500||600+|
|Level of yeasts on surfaces|
|Level of moulds||Light||Medium||Heavy|
We have been told that we need to test our machine cooling fluid to comply with HSE regulations. Is this kit OK for this?
Hello, Yes, this kit will test the bacteria levels to comply with HSE guidelines. As an added benefit, these dipslides will also check the yeasts and moulds levels to help you keep your fluid safe and your machinery working at optimal levels.
|Q||How often should the dip test be done on a machine as we do PH testing weekly but at present don't dip test.|
|A||Hello. We would recommend weekly tests . The HSE state the following:--- "For many systems and sumps, weekly checks (such as dipslides) will be required.". If you need any further help, please let us know.|