Many metalworking fluids have traditionally relied on formaldehyde donating (FAD) biocide tech-nology to offer equipment the best possible machine sump life. However, under new legislation which came into effect on December 1, any product which incorporates over 1000 ppm of a FAD containing biocide will need to be labelled as a carcinogenic product.
In response, FUCHS Lubricants has developed a new range of ECOCOOL products which do not rely on FAD technology and therefore do not require the carcinogenic labelling – and yet they still maintain very strong performance. FUCHS’ largest customers moved over to the new technology prior to the December deadline – and have reported improved tool life, improved cleanliness and excellent equipment sump life.
Alex Holmes, UK Industrial Product Manager at FUCHS Lubricants, said: “The creation of the new metalworking products free of FAD-containing biocides is a notable chemistry achievement by our R&D teams. “They have overcome the significant challenges in creating these products by using sophisticated techniques, creating lubricants which are not only safer to use, but in many cases also perform better.”
ECOCOOL ULTRALIFE A+, the flagship product of the new range, is a high performance, semi-synthetic, water soluble cutting fluid series developed with customers’ requirements in mind.
Created to meet the challenges in balancing lubricity, cooling and corrosion protection during use, even under the toughest machining operations. Helping to achieve new heights in uptime, produc-tivity and cost savings. It has also been designed to offer a longer service life, lower maintenance requirements and reduced disposal costs.
FUCHS in-house expertise has allowed testing to be carried out on ECOCOOL ULTRALIFE A+ in comparison to competitor products, demonstrating that it outperforms these products on major performance indicators. During highly sensitive tapping torque testing carried out in FUCHS’ new R&D laboratory, ECOCOOL ULTRALIFE A+ showed a 31% decrease in energy required to form a tapped hole compared to the equivalent competitor product on the same metal.
Performance can be achieved in machining a variety of materials, including cast iron, stainless, Duplex and Super Duplex steels, titanium and its alloys and aerospace aluminium, along with the more widely used automotive aluminium alloys. FUCHS’ FAD-free chemistry has been developed to provide excellent levels of lubricity, cooling and corrosion protection.