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Whether it’s casting, hot or cold rolling, cleaning, tempering, corrosion protection, surface treatment, or tin plating, Quaker has an integrated process solution and service to optimize operations and increase profitability. We’ve been the leading supplier of process fluids and customized lubrication to the biggest names in steel for 100 years.


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Monday, May 7th at 9:30am
Room 103B
Session: Cold Sheet Rolling

Bas Smeulders, PhD, Research Scientist


Hard steel types are becoming increasingly important materials in the automotive industry. In the cold rolling process, good lubrication can reduce roll forces, but for hard steel types there are limits to what can be achieved with a particular mill. In this presentation, various options to improve lubrication are explored, related to lubricant design and application. A numerical roll bite model is used to investigate the effect of various lubricant properties on roll forces when rolling hard steel types. Experimental work is presented.

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Bas Smeulders is a Research Scientist based at the Quaker B.V. (Uithoorn, The Netherlands) facility. He is a graduate of University of Nijmegen (NL) with a degree in physical chemistry. He completed his PhD in rheology at University of Twente (NL) and his postdoctorate studies in rheology at University of Cambridge (UK). Bas enjoys cycling, playing guitar, and Amsterdam history.

Monday, May 7th at 2:00pm
Room 103A
Session: Hot Sheet Rolling

Laker Jin, Development Scientist


Formation of oxide scale on steel slabs can negatively impact production of steel by promoting material weight loss, and thus costing the industry billions of dollars every year. This work investigates the use of a pore-free ceramic sintering film to circumvent weight loss by impeding oxide scale formation at high temperature on steel surfaces. Factors such as sintering behavior, particle size and coating film thickness were evaluated and found to have the greatest impact on oxide scale generation. This film could potentially decrease oxide scale by 80% in the lab furnace and by 52% in a pilot furnace.

scientist laker jinBio:

Laker Jin is a Development Scientist in the primary metal group based in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. For 17 years, he has worked at Quaker in the area of research and development of steel rolling lubricants. Laker received his bachelor degree in Chemistry from Jiangsu Institute of Petrochemical Technology and he received master degree in Chemical Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University.

Monday, May 7th at 3:00pm
Room 102B
Session: Pipe & Tube

Robert Evans, PhD, Research Scientist


Machining of AISI 4140 steel serves as a useful method for assessing the performance capabilities of cutting fluids used for the thread cutting of P110 and L80 grade pipe connections. While it is difficult to reproduce the actual thread cutting operation under laboratory conditions, the utilization of a tapping operation using AISI 4140 steel provide an effective means to assess fluid performance. This paper will discuss the application of a tapping test method and the performance parameters measured, which serve to provide an assessment of a fluids capabilities for use in pipe threading operations.

scientist bob evensBio:

Bob is a Research Scientist based at Quaker’s Technical Center in Conshohocken Pennsylvania, Bob has worked for Quaker for 40 years primarily in the areas of research and development of industrial metalworking lubricants, with his primary research focus dealing with the tribological and machining properties of industrial fluids. Bob received undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Biology from The Pennsylvania State University and also The Philadelphia University. He obtained his Masters Degree and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Villanova University.

Bob lives in Bucks County Pennsylvania, and his hobbies include golf, playing guitar, and gardening.

Tuesday, May 8th at 3:00pm
Room 118A
Session: Lubrication & Hydraulics

Bruno Sanchez, Global Business Development Manager – Greases


Rolling mills are the largest lubricating grease consumers in steel plants. Therefore it is obvious that a reduction in grease consumption will be of high interest, as it will reduce not only cost but also improve mill cleanliness, and reduce waste grease treatment and handling of grease shipments. Along with the reduction in consumption, this unique grease technology has demonstrated prolonged bearing life especially in wet environment, which ultimately leads to additional cost savings. This paper covers the key elements of this innovative grease technology along with a field trial result against conventional greases.


Bruno Sanchez is the Global Business Manager – Greases, based in Madrid, Spain. He spent his career in the chemical and food industry before shifting to industrial lubricants and greases. His educational background is in Mechanical Engineering. In his spare time, Bruno enjoys moto, piano, cooking, and rugby.


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