Hot forming operations, also known as press hardening, have all the elements of a fire hazard—900°C (1,652°F) hot surfaces, pressurized oil in the hydraulic systems, and the proximity of the hot surfaces to the pressurized oil. If the oil ignites, it can create a torch-like, exploding fire resulting in significant equipment damage and serious safety risks for operators.
Today a large number of hydraulic presses for hot sheet metal forming are still filled with a mineral oil-based hydraulic fluid that presents a considerable fire hazard. Even though press-hardening operators are concerned about the risk, many are not aware that there are safer, cost-effective hydraulic fluid alternatives.
To mitigate these potentially serious risks, more and more press hardening operators are taking a fresh look at synthetic ester-based hydraulic fluids (HFD-U) that offer increased fire resistance. Quaker offers a best-in-class line of fire-resistant hydraulic fluid solutions:
- QUINTOLUBRIC® 888 Series (http://www.quintolubric.com/product-category/synthetic-water-free-fluids-hfd-u/)
Fire prevention tactics are standard risk control strategies implemented in a wide-range of industries. Working as a loss preventative measure, the benefits of replacing mineral oil with QUINTOLUBRIC® as a fire-resistant hydraulic fluid include:
- Superior fire resistance when compared to mineral oil;
- Ease of transition and an effective replacement for mineral oil. Generally requires no hydraulic system modification, no special maintenance, and is compatible with commonly used seal and hose material;
- Enhanced hydraulic fluid performance including efficient lubrication, fluid longevity and effective filterability.
The QUINTOLUBRIC® line of fire-resistant hydraulic fluids (http://www.quintolubric.com/products/) keeps machines working at optimal performance with fewer interruptions and a longer life span for a lower total cost of ownership, increased safety, and reduced risk.
About Quaker Chemical Corporation:
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