Trends in Metalworking Fluids
Quaker Chemical Corporation, a global leader in metalworking fluids -recently presented a paper at the 18th International Colloquium Tribology. Quaker Chemical Corporation is a leading global provider of process chemicals,chemical specialties, services, and technical expertise to a wide range of industries – including steel, aluminium, automotive, mining, aerospace tube and pipe, coatings, and construction materials. Quaker’s headquarters is located near Philadelphia in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
Christian Eyler, Quaker’s Metalworking Sales Manager – Southern Europe, Gave an overview of increased regulations on the metalworking market, application trends, and product innovation. Mr. Eyler noted that sustainability continues to grow in importance for the metalworking industry, specifically as it relates to reducing environmental emissions, reducing health risks for workers, and improving performance (and thereby reducing costs).
Future product innovation will be focused on sustainability, and metalworking fluids manufacturers will need to further develop and improve specialty products without the use of some of the traditional critical chemicals (mineral base oils, boric acid or biocides). Quaker highlighted its own sustainable products such as boric acid-free QUAKERCOOL(R) HBFF series of coolants. The QUAKERCOOL(R) HBFF series are high-performance micro-emulsions, ideally suited for operations where high surface finish quality and high lubrication is needed – for example, in aluminum machining.