Monitoring through in-service oil analysis, an important element of predictive maintenance, can provide information about machine wear, as well as lubricant contamination and condition. By checking the appearance, viscosity, water content, acid number, cleanliness and solid metal and additive contents, the condition of the fluid can be measured.
When a steel producer had a fire incident in the Electric Arc Furnace process due to metal sparks igniting mineral oil that leaked and accumulated to form a pool they converted to QUINTOLUBRIC® 888-46 to minimize the risk of fire due to its increased auto ignition and heat of combustion compared to mineral oil.
Fire hazards are constantly present in the steel industry with operations involving heavy equipment and liquid or red hot steel, and when mineral oil based hydraulic fluids are being used. However, there are alternatives that can be utilized without jeopardizing the performance or productivity of the steel production line.
A High Fire-Risk Operation Kept Under Control and Production Uninterrupted in a Press Hardening Operation
A High Fire-Risk Operation Kept Under Control and Production Uninterrupted in a Press Hardening Operationguest author2017-11-20T20:28:49+00:00
Japanese die casters find polyol esters give a productive edge. Globally, two dominant hydraulic fluids are used in die casting – water glycols and polyol ester (HFD-U) based fluids.
Press-hardening operations have all the elements of a fire hazard – hot surfaces, pressurized mineral oil in the hydraulic systems, and the proximity of the hot surfaces to the pressurized oil.