Computer numerical control (CNC) machining, or the automated control of 3-D printers and machining tools via a computer, is slated for an upgrade through a partnership between companies in Canton Township and Europe.
Fusion Coolant Systems in Canton Township announced the formation of a partnership with Paris-based Air Liquide with a goal to focus on sustainability, productivity, and employee health and safety for manufacturers engaged in CNC machining.
Fusion invented Pure-Cut, which uses supercritical carbon dioxide as a replacement for traditional mineral oil coolant and lubrication systems in CNC machining. Air Liquide has newly secured sourcing solutions in Europe for purified CO2, a sub product from chemical and biogas industries, and know-how in gas installations design. It is positioned to support the wide-spread introduction of supercritical CO2 machining offered by Fusion.
“We are delighted to be working with Air Liquide, a highly innovative, global leader in industrial gases with a global reputation for technology development,” says Brian Ahlborn, CEO at Fusion. “Together, we will be able to accelerate the diffusion and impact of Pure-Cut technology for industry leaders in aerospace, medical, and transportation sectors who are seeking a safe, sustainable, and extremely efficient tool in order to meet their challenging financial, operational, and (health, safety, and environment) objectives.”
The firms expect to jointly sell and install Pure-Cut systems in France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal while looking to expand.
“We look forward to our future collaboration with Fusion that will enrich our gas applications portfolio already existing for CNC machining,” says Jean-Marie Padovani, director of innovation of Air Liquide. “Air Liquide’s expertise in CO2 and Fusion’s innovative technology are key enablers to ensure a broad and fast dissemination of a complete solution to the benefit of the entire manufacturing sector.”
The Pure-Cut system is running in 12 countries in Europe, North America, and Asia.
Air Liquide has a presence in 80 countries with about 66,000 employees. It offers oxygen, nitrogen, and hydrogen solutions.