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BTM Corporation Reduces Coolant Usage and Waste Removal Costs by 50 Percent with QualiChem Semi-Synthetic Fluids

Press release date: Mar 20, 2014

Michigan Manufacturer Switches All of Its Metalworking Fluids to QualiChem XTREME CUT 251C Following Results of Comparative Trials

SALEM, Va. -- BTM Corporation, a Michigan-based manufacturer of clinch joining systems, automation components and contract machine work, has reported substantial savings in coolant usage and waste removal costs after switching its aluminum and steel machining operations to run on QualiChem XTREME CUT 251C semi-synthetic metalworking fluid.

Michigan Petroleum Technologies, QualiChem’s distributor in lower Michigan, oversaw the six-month trials in which BTM compared XTREME CUT 251C against the fluids it had been using.

“The results of the trials on four machines spoke for themselves,” said Richard Seim, executive vice president of Michigan Petroleum Technologies. “Coolant usage and waste removal costs were down 50 percent, and machine operators reported total elimination of noxious odors. Altogether, the total documented hard savings resulting from reduced coolant usage and waste removal costs added up to more than $47,000 in 2013.”

Dave Lamb, BTM manufacturing manager, said: “BTM has an intensive coolant maintenance program and Michigan Petroleum stated that we should be able to lower consumption and the maintenance cost using QualiChem XTREME CUT 251C. We tested several coolants and found that Michigan Petroleum was correct. We lowered our coolant consumption, maintenance cost, and waste coolant disposal cost using XTREME CUT 251C.”

“I like the cleanliness, clarity and machinability of the QualiChem XTREME CUT 251C,” said Tony Weber, BTM milling supervisor. “There is minimal maintenance and operator acceptance has been excellent.”

Dick Kleinknecht, lathe supervisor at BTM, said, “I’ve experienced excellent results with XTREME CUT 251C. The product does not have an undesirable odor and is very easy to maintain.”

“At QualiChem, our strategy for success is dependent on our superior technology and outstanding distributors like Michigan Petroleum Technologies,” said Mike Forest, director of metalworking at QualiChem.
“They brought to the table a deep understanding of their customer’s needs and challenges, combined with their technical expertise and knowledge of QualiChem’s product lines. The result is a solution that dramatically reduces BTM’s operating costs, extends tool life, produces cleaner finished products and improves operator satisfaction on the job.”

About BTM Corporation
Based in Marysville, Mich., BTM has over 45 years experience in manufacturing technology. The company has become a leading global supplier of clinch joining technology and other unique automation and manufacturing devices including clamps, grippers, locators, end arm effectors, stand-alone machines and fully automated assembly systems. The company’s facilities are ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100 Rev. B:2004 certified. For more information, visit and

About Michigan Petroleum Technologies
With a history dating back into the 1930s, Michigan Petroleum Technologies is a wholesale distributor of industrial lubricants, machining fluids and related services based in Port Huron. Its service area covers the entire Lower Peninsula of Michigan. The company has been a QualiChem distributor since 2008. For more information, visit

About QualiChem
Established in 1989 with headquarters in Salem, Va., QualiChem is the fastest-growing fluids manufacturer in the metalworking industry. The company’s extensive product portfolio includes synthetic, semi-synthetic and soluble cutting and grinding fluids, straight oils, metal cleaners and corrosion preventatives. QualiChem is a quality-focused ISO 9001:2008 company and a zero-discharge facility. The company is privately held. For more information, visit

XTREME CUT 251C is a premium semi-synthetic cutting and grinding fluid formulated for ferrous and non-ferrous machining applications. It contains extreme-pressure and high-performance additives to further improve tool life and part quality. XTREME CUT 251C provides excellent corrosion control for ferrous metals, has a tight emulsion to promote tramp oil rejection, exhibits excellent hard water stability, runs clean and has excellent bioresistance. It is non-foaming, which makes it very suitable to use in high-pressure through the tool feed systems. It utilizes state-of-the-art raw materials to prevent the rotten egg odors associated with most soluble oils and semi-synthetic fluids. It is also formaldehyde-free.

Press Contacts:
Mike Grimes
QualiChem Metalworking Fluids

Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications, Inc.