The term metal forming includes a diverse variety of manufacturing processes and applications. This can include the use of one ton mechanical presses down to wire drawing processes. All of these come down to moving metal into a desired geometry. Metal is plastically deformed through force applied that will exceed the yield strength of the metal itself. During this deformation process, friction and heat are generated.
The term “neat” describes a cutting oil that is not mixed with water. Cutting oils mixed with water, better known as “water extendible” fluids, are designed to provide better cooling during the machining process, especially high-speed processes.
In an emulsion, water provides cooling and oil provides lubrication. While neat oils have traditionally been used in low-temperature applications such as slow-speed machining, they are becoming used more and more in higher speed applications, edging out water extendible fluids, for a variety of reasons:
Food producing and packaging machinery needs effective lubrication in order to function properly. However, lubricants used in food production must also meet strict sets of standards set by organizations such as the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), DIN (German Institute for Standardization), ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and NSF (National Sanitary Foundation).
Meeting these standards while providing superior lubrication qualities is key to success in the food and beverage packaging world and synthetic lubricants are the most effective way to reach that goal.
The term “neat” describes a cutting oil that is not mixed with water. Neat oils have traditionally been used in low-temperature applications such as slow-speed machining, but are being used more and more in higher speed applications, edging out water-extendible fluids, for a variety of reasons:
• More difficult alloys are being used in many machining processes and machining processes are becoming more complex, both requiring better lubrication
• Water-extendible fluids require a unique waste disposal process since the water is typically contaminated with metals
How can a laboratory help you make more money? Lube-Tech released its first house brand machining fluid way back in the 1970s. Just like then, Lube-Tech knows the proper fluid can make all the difference between a precision product and scrap.
You can guess what fluid will work or you can do it scientifically. That’s why we built our own chemical lab, to eliminate guesswork, increase response time and get our customers the right fluid faster.
When Lube-Tech's Tom Bjellos, a Certified Lubrication Specialist, walks into a food packaging plant his thoughts and observations are all about making things more efficient. That means not only suggesting the proper lubricants, but consolidating the products used to keep the plant's machinery running at optimum efficiency.
Lubricant suppliers such as ExxonMobil do not recommend use of their lubricants beyond the stated shelf life. But for the average user, identifying an expired lubricant may not be as easy as it is with something such as food, where “best used by” dates are prominently displayed, and rotten food is pretty obvious. Knowing a little about lubricants can help users determine if lubricants are OK to use or should be recycled.