November 27, 2020

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Modern real-time microbial testing methods still seen as underutilised

Microbial accumulation is commonly found in metalworking fluids (MWF) used in manufacturing. The proliferation of microorganisms is one of a relatively limited number of factors that can contribute to water-miscible MWF failure. Effective microbial contamination control is foundational to MWF maintenance. In turn, cost-effective microbial contamination control depends on timely, reliable, microbiological data. The cost […]

July 22, 2020
‘China 2025’ place higher demands on metalworking lubricants
‘China 2025’ place higher demands on metalworking lubricants

China is already the largest manufacturing country in the world, boasting the highest production and sales of steel, main nonferrous metals and engineering machines. By 2045 the world’s most populous country aims to not only be the largest, but also the undisputed leader of all the strong manufacturing countries, part of the recently conceived ‘Made in China 2025’ plan. For the manufacturing industry, this means a drive towards advanced, innovative, intelligent, energy saving and sustainable industry.

May 23, 2018
Labelling is key for new breed of emulsifiers
Labelling is key for new breed of emulsifiers

Emulsifiers, along with corrosion inhibitors, are the most commonly used additives in metalworking fluids. They represent 23% of metalworking additives, about 140,000 tonnes per year out of a global additive consumption of 600,000 tonnes per year, according to Kline & Co. At F+L Week 2016 in Singapore, Claude-Emmanuel Hédoire, technical marketing manager for lubricants and metalworking fluids at Solvay, based in Paris, outlined the main challenge for emulsifiers today. Formulators must balance the needs of performance, regulation and economics. Hédoire addressed how Solvay has approached developing an emulsifier that satisfies all three needs.

August 1, 2016