Industrial lubricants is a broad category that fits just about anything from a machine shop to a commercial store room. They can be formulated with a wide variety of materials that offer the desired properties for each application. A lot of them are formulated using mineral oils, however, did you know that soaps also make excellent and sometime superior industrial lubricants? Check out the 7 types of lubricants below that benefit from using soap-based technology.
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Oil based metalworking fluids are used in tough operations where lubrication and extreme pressure properties are required. With the correct formulations of additives cutting oils provide significant improvements in cutting and grinding operations by reducing friction which results in better surface finishes and longer machine tool life. They are particularly ideal for use with grinding wheels and other abrasive tools. Though oil based cutting fluids do not replace water based fluids, where cooling properties are most important, they are instead used in applications where lubrication is more important than cooling.
Enhanced Cutting Fluid Formulations with Specialty Additives
Historically, conventional straight oils consisted of only oil or a mixture of oil and lard that didn’t last very long when used for machining metal. However, with current technology there is a wide selection of high performance oil soluble additives that help improve performance and prolong the life of these oil based cutting fluids. These enhanced cutting oils provide significantly better surface finish and increased life of the machine tool. This reduces scrap and the overall tool demand: increasing the return on investment of the machining process.
The expectations for closer part tolerances and better surface finishes in today’s metalworking industry places high demands on manufacturers to ensure coolants are free of contamination as they are continually cycled through their machines. The machining process generates significant heat and pressure on the cutting tool, grinding wheel and workpiece, making proper coolant maintenance critical in preventing overheating, ensuring a part better finish and longer tool life. A major step in coolant maintenance and managing the machining process is the efficient removal of tramp oil.
Topics: Tramp oil
Understanding the cause and finding a solution
The Problem with Corrosion
In the metalworking industry, corrosion presents a serious problem and is a costly burden on manufacturers. Corrosion can destroy the dimensional integrity of a finished part and as well as parts of the machine itself.
Most water-based metalworking fluids used in machining today contain both oil and water. Oil and water, in general, do not mix without the addition of emulsifiers. Many commonly used emulsifiers are soaps, which as we would expect will increase the tendency of foaming in fluids. Foaming in machining operations can be a major issue for two main reasons:
There is a new generation of oil-based cutting fluids which give improved sump life two to eight times longer than standard fluids. They are excellent mutli-metal coolants and are ideal for heavy to moderate machining in markets such as aerospace and oil & gas. These new formulations do not create offensive odors and do not contain troublesome bactericides or mid- to long-chain chlorinated paraffins or sulfur. They eliminate sump odors, provide exceptionally long sump life and a clean, comfortable and safe work environment for machine operators.
Water-based fluids were a great breakthrough for the machining market. As speeds and feeds of the machines were increased, the need for cooling became essential. However, with the introduction of water-based products new challenges arose.
Topics: Metalworking Coolants & Fluids