Sealing arrangement for machine/tool coolant collection troughs

  • US 6,116,616 A
  • Filed: 04/07/1998
  • Issued: 09/12/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/07/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. In a machine tool installation including a series of machine tools, each having coolant spray nozzles directing streams of coolant at cutting tools and adjacent surfaces, and an open topped collection trough extending along said series of machine tools positioned to receive downwardly draining coolant from each machine tool, the improvement comprising:

  • elongated inflated seals interposed between respective tops of each of two sides of said collection trough and opposing undersurfaces of structure on each of said machine tools to close off gaps therebetween and prevent coolant from splashing out onto floor areas adjacent said machine tool installation;

    further including bridging structure bridging spaces between said machine tools in said series providing continuity between said machine tool undersurfaces, said inflated seals also engaging said bridging structure.

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