Metalworking fluid is used in industry to provide both lubricity and cooling to the metal workpiece while it is being either processed or machined. Metalworking fluid additives ensure the process is carried out appropriately by enhancing or introducing specific beneficial qualities into the metalworking fluids. This has to be done carefully and with an understanding of what is involved in the entire process.
Basic Factors in Choosing the Right Additives
When it comes to selecting the right additive for metalworking fluids, certain factors require serious consideration. Many of these factors relate directly to the metalworking fluid itself. However, the three major aspects to consider for this selection process are:
- The specific component being machined or prepared and its composition
- The type of machinery or tools being employed
- The composition of the lubricant to which the additive is induced
This assists in the selection of the type of additive to be used calcium sulfonate, intended to inhibit corrosion; chlorinated paraffin which are extreme pressure additives, biocides such as triazine compounds, or triethanolamine, an emulsifier. Furthermore, understanding any environmental restrictions of a project ensures the choice of specific or specialized metalworking fluid additives achieves this result.
Metalworking Fluid Additives
The introduction of MFWA provides various benefits. They offer protection against corrosion, emulsification, wear and extreme pressure. They reduce foam and help increase the longevity of machinery. In the automotive and other industrial markets, they are designed to deliver optimal performance for a specified time. The very best additives are not only fuel-efficient but also sustainable.