Oil-free forming lubricant eliminates degreasing, reducing process times
Millers Oils helps manufacturers improve tool life and reduce operational costs
24th March 2015, Brighouse, Yorkshire – British developer of advanced lubricants, Millers Oils, has launched a new forming lubricant to help manufacturers improve process times, cleanliness and durability. The new oil-free formulation is designed to replace conventional oil and soap based lubricants and eliminates the need to degrease the components, reducing manufacturing time and production costs.
“In a competitive business environment, everyone is looking for process development but it is important not to overlook low-hanging fruit. This is why our industrial R&D programme is investing in developing solutions to the common problems our customers face,” says Martyn Mann, Technical Director, Millers Oils. “We recognised that the degreasing process required with traditional tube-bending lubricants was unnecessarily time-consuming and messy and sought to provide a simple, cost-effective solution to this.”
Millers Oils’ Solform Gel was originally developed for exhaust manufacturers, who had to degrease the thin-walled tube before welding to another component such as a catalytic converter or silencer. By removing this process, manufacturers can reduce their manufacturing times and increase output capacity and profits.
Oil based forming lubricants can leave a residue on components, which can produce noxious gases when welded through; Millers Oils’ new formulation minimises these fumes. The new oil-free formulation thickens under temperature, reducing the amount of lubricant required, improving mandrel life, reducing scrap and helping manufacturers to reduce overall operations costs.
The advanced formulation also creates a better surface finish, enabling the manufacturer to produce a better quality product, with only a change of lubricant. The gel can be applied via the lubrication system or directly to the mandrel by hand, ensuring the lubrication process is kept simple.
“When developing Solform Gel we started completely from scratch, instead of looking to improve existing formulations. This approach enabled us to create a unique solution to a very common issue,” says Mann. “While we originally developed this product for exhaust manufacturers, we’ve seen it utilised in a wide cross-section of applications, including in the manufacturing of emissions components, by engineering consultancies and classic car renovators. It’s great to see a product used by so many sectors and we can’t wait to see how it benefits others.”
About Millers Oils
Millers Oils was founded in 1887 by John Watson Miller, and since then the company has displayed a talent for innovation and industry firsts. It was the first to offer diesel specific engine oil for cars and continues to push boundaries to earn its place as a world leader in the technology of low friction. In January 2012, Millers Oils launched nanotechnology engine oils. When tested against a competitor’s oil of the same viscosity, Nanodrive recorded 40% lower friction at operating temperatures of 110°C, with significantly improved film strength. Millers Oils uses the expertise gained in motorsport and performance car development to ensure it remains a leader in automotive and commercial vehicle oils and across a broad range of industrial lubricants.
Leanne Barton at Market Engineering
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