Lubrication concepts in cold-forging applications differ from those of hot forging. Cold-forming lubrication relies on traditional, complicated phosphate and soap treatments. Newer polymer coatings can replace this complex process, significantly reducing the waste stream and improving lubrication performance.
In the hot and warm forging of steel, there is a clear trend to replace graphite-based die lubricants with synthetic lubricants. This is driven by the need for cleaner work environments, easier handling and to avoid graphite-induced galvanic corrosion of equipment.
Quaker Chemical Corp. and Houghton International combined to create Quaker Houghton, a global provider of industrial process fluids to the primary metals and metalworking markets. Along with the new name, the company revealed a new logo and brand representing the combined companies. Quaker Chemical’s combined breadth of product and service offerings can be found in end markets such as aerospace, aluminum, automotive, machinery, industrial parts manufacturing, mining and steel.