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Tube drawing - white metals
Gruebb tube drawing oils for stainless steels and other white metals are some of the most innovative products available. Proven in European and North American tube mills for over 5 years, they are cost effective, improve Ra, allow higher drawing speeds and extend die life compared to competitor products. Perhaps one of the most highlighted benefits is they allow plants to rationalise to just one lube for both o/d and i/d applications.
Our US market entry in 2010, came about from a chance conversation with a senior engineer at a tube mill using trike as the solvent cleaner and unlike most other users, they wanted to move completely away from solvents to a water-based alkaline wash system. Although we like a challenge, such a move presented many formulatory issues, especially since they employed 5 different lubricants to make their tubes, including a solvent coated rubber film. However, after many trials we hit on a formulatory path that worked and since 2011 the plant has used only our Gruebb 4099 for all operations for white metal cold drawing, with tubes cleaned by an alkaline wash system. Similar fluid technology is used at their shaped rod plant manipulating a wide variety of white metal alloys, though using a solvent cleaner.
We used our experiences with 4099 to develop Gruebb 4427, essentially a second generation cold drawing oil for both o/d and mandrels and based on the safest chlorinated components. Now well established at the European and US plants of one of the world's largest producers of stainless steel tube, replacing well established competitor products. Gruebb 4427 is currently awaiting trials in pilgering lines. One product, multiple applications.
In our experience, most US and European plants prefer to use solvents cleaners such as Dowclene 1601, with the advantage that distillation units form part of the cleaning line to minimise cleaning costs. We usually advise against using glyme solvent cleaners. Although excellent solvents, their high boiling points make recovery only possible in specialist distillation facilities usually off-site.
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