7 Reasons to Consider Using a Soap Based Lubricant

Posted by Mary Kimbro on Sep 24, 2020 10:06:39 AM

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.

  1. Industrial Rubber Lubricants

This is a broad category that includes any applications where rubber needs to be lubricated to its dry state. Whether you are mounting a tire onto a rim, cutting rubber parts, or molding a natural or synthetic rubber part, the natural tackiness of the rubber makes it difficult to install, remove, or manipulate. O-ring LubricatingIndustrial rubber lubricants based on soap technology will lower the friction and prevent twisting and cracking while not causing any softening or swelling of most rubber materials such as O-rings, gaskets and more. Soap is also beneficial in applications where the lubricant could potentially come in contact with the environment. Once those tires are mounted onto the rim or the rubber part is removed from a mold a soap based product easily rinses off. The low toxicity and biodegradability make it ideal in these situations.

Benefits of Industrial Soap-Based Rubber Lubricants:

    • Biodegradable
    • Easy and ready to use, but can also be diluted with water
    • Self-cleaning and easily removed with water
    • Do not contain mineral oil
    • Do not contain phosphates
  1. Industrial Conveyor Lubricants

This is another broad category as conveyors are found in every industry that involves material handling, loading docks, packaging lines, baggage carousels, and assembly lines are just some of the areas where you will find Industrial Conveyor Lubricants. Soap-based products are extremely useful and beneficialConveyor Lubricants in the food and beverage industry because of their low toxicity and low volatility. They are also safe and effectively used around the rubber seals and gaskets that may be part of a conveyor line. Soap-based products are ideal for keeping equipment running clean and smooth, minimizing friction and extending the lifetime of the working parts of your conveyor.

Soap-based products are also ideal for any production operation that has high dirt/dust content. Flour, mica, sawdust, etc. can be caught in the lubricant. When this happens in mineral oil based products it agglomerates into a sludge which is difficult to remove. Soap based products will not hold onto the dirt and dust in the same way, are easily rinsed, and can be reapplied without waiting for the surface to dry.

Benefits of Industrial Soap-Based Conveyor Lubricants:

    • Biodegradable
    • Low toxicity
    • Easy to use, can be rinsed and reapplied without drying
    • Self-cleaning and easily removed with water keeping conveyors, belts, and chains clean
    • Will lower the coefficient of friction providing excellent lubrication
    • Excellent adhesion to either wet or dry surface
    • Do not contain mineral oil
    • Do not contain phosphates
  1. Industrial Release Agents

Release agents act as a lubricant between a mold and a part, allowing for the finished part to be easily extracted while not damaging either the part or the mold. They can be used on any type of surface such as concrete, plastic, O-ring mold Lubricanting-1rubber, latex and metal. Although mineral oil based products are also used in these applications, this is another area where soap-based products can provide unique value to certain industries.

In a concrete release application, soap-based products are ideal because they are lower toxicity and therefore safer for the environment. When molding plastic, rubber, or metal soap-based products clean easier and are less likely to leave a residue on the finished part.

Benefits of Soap-Based Industrial Release Agents:

    • Biodegradable
    • Low toxicity
    • Used in conventional sprayers for easy application
    • Easily cleaned with water
    • Mild on skin, no free caustic present
    • Do not contain mineral oil
    • Do not contain phosphates
  1. Woodworking Tool Lubricants

Woodworking lubricants are used to protect and prolong the life of your metal cutting tools by keeping the process running clean and smoothly. One of the biggest concerns with woodworking lubricants is the dusty environment they are exposed to. As mentioned previously, mineral oil based lubricants will Woodworking Tool Lubricantscollect dust and agglomerates into a sludge that is very difficult to remove, any water sprayed at it will bead off. Soap-based lubricants are easily washed with water and can be reapplied without waiting for the surface to dry.

Wood is a very porous material and will soak up whatever lubricant is used on the woodworking tools and thus it is essential the fluid be non-staining. Soap-based products have a lower tendency to stain wood than their mineral oil based counterparts and are more easily cleaned off. In addition, many wood products will come in contact with the environment, making biodegradable soap-based lubricants highly favorable.

Benefits of Soap-Based Woodworking Tool Lubricants:

    • Biodegradable
    • Low toxicity
    • Non-staining to wood surfaces
    • Easily cleaned with water
    • Do not contain mineral oil
    • Do not contain phosphates
  1. Leak Test Fluids

Leak test fluids are used to make any gas leak detectable. These are especially useful in tire shops to detect leaks in tires, and in hoses, pipes and valves used for pneumatic tools or other air or gas related applications. Any shop with gasLeak Test Fluids lines are also examples of where this type of product can be used. They are formulated to be high foaming so when it is applied, the fluid will foam anywhere there is air being released. Soap-based products are beneficial because they are mild and will not soften or swell most rubber materials.

Benefits of Soap-Based Leak Test Fluids:

    • Biodegradable
    • Liquid for easy application
    • High foaming characteristic
    • Mild for use on rubber
    • Easily cleaned with water
    • Do not contain mineral oil
    • Do not contain phosphates
  1. Spinning Lubricants

Spinning is a unique application used to mold very soft, precious metals, into different shapes. Another example would be massaging brass sheet metal over a mold to create bell of a trumpet. Additional example would be producing kitchen utensils such as metal bowls or funnels. Because of the nature of the pieces typically produced by spinning, soap-based products are again desired because of their low toxicity and easy clean off. Soap-based lubricants provide the proper amount of lubricity and non-staining properties required by precious metals.

Benefits of Soap-Based Spinning Lubricants:

    • Biodegradable
    • Low toxicity
    • Excellent lubrication for soft/gummy metals
    • Non-staining to precious metals: copper, brass, tin, gold, silver, etc.
    • Do not contain mineral oil
    • Do not contain phosphates
   7. Drawing and Stamping Fluids

Drawing and stamping fluids are used to lubricate metal while it is being stretched between a set of dies. The fluid will lower the coefficient of friction protecting the final product as well as the dies from wear and tear. One major use for a drawing and stamping fluid is the making of aluminum cans for food and beverages or metal cans for the coatings industry. Because of the potential of food and beverage contact, soap-based lubricants are again an ideal choice because of their low toxicity and easy to clean nature. Other common applications are for stamping out aluminum pans and shaping metals such as gas tanks and many automotive and industrial metal and plastic parts. Soap-based drawing and stamping fluids are typically soft amber soaps with an oily texture that helps lubricate the gummy aluminum and won’t stain sensitive metals.

Benefits of Soap-Based Drawing and Stamping Fluids:

    • Biodegradable
    • Low toxicity
    • Easy to clean with water
    • Excellent lubrication for soft/gummy metals
    • Non-staining
    • Does not contain mineral oil
    • Does not contain phosphates

Conclusion:

Soap-based lubricants can find a home in any industry or application. They have many attributes that make them an excellent choice which include being biodegradable, low in toxicity, environmentally friendly, an excellent lubricant, non-staining and mild on even the most precious metals, and easy to clean with just water. Each lubricant discussed here benefits from these characteristics. Soap-based lubricants are ideal for tire shops, metal and plastic forming shops, industrial molds and conveyors and really anywhere that the lubricant might come into contact with the environment where their mineral oil-based counterparts are not the best choice.

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