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Graphic element New and better lubricants for warm steel forging
     
 
Mineral oil-free die lubricants increase tool life, reduce pollution and waste disposal costs and make for more pleasant working conditions in the warm steel forging industry.
 

Industrial warm forging of steel is carried out at temperatures ranging from 650 to 950 degrees centigrade. Conventional state-of-the-art methods have involved the application of graphite mineral oil-based die lubricants. However, a high amount of waste is produced through the use of these materials, resulting in very high disposal costs and an unpleasant working environment.

The aim of this project was to develop of environmentally acceptable lubricating systems for warm forging. The partners developed mineral oil-free slug coatings and die lubricants displaying excellent lubricating properties which can be used over the complete warm forging temperature range.

The new products have been shown to increase tool life by 30 to 50 % under industrial conditions. Further tests concerning chemical and toxicological properties and environmental effects with respect to emissions, waste water and other waste products all confirm the superiority of the new lubricants.

Partners have already launched new products on the market and at least one end user has attributed an important increase in turnover and employment to the results of this Brite Euram project.

Cordis RCN: 6704
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