Quaker Chemical Mining and Longwall chemical solutions case study

UNDERGROUND COAL MINE MITIGATES THE RISK OF FIRE BY USING FIRE-RESISTANT HYDRAULIC FLUID

QUINTOLUBRIC® 888-68

CHALLENGES

  • In coal mining operations, a fire can increase the risk of personal injuries, as well as heighten the likelihood of losses in both capital and production
  • One major cause of fire can be the ignition of mineral oil hydraulic fluids

PROVIDING SOLUTIONS


  • To 

    mitigate the risks

     of using a 

    mineral oil based hydraulic fluid

     a large 

    underground coal mine

     in southern West Virginia was using QUINTOLUBRIC® 888-68 an 

    MSHA approved

      

    fire-resistant hydraulic fluid

     in their 

    hydraulic systems

    .
  • At the mine a 

    hydraulic power pack

     used for a belt take up underground overheated, due to an electronic solenoid that was stuck open, causing the 

    hydraulic pump

    , valving controls and hydraulic fluid to 

    overheat

    . As a result the 

    hydraulic line melted

     and sprayed hydraulic fluid everywhere. Because the mine was using QUINTOLUBRIC® 888-68 

    fire-resistant hydraulic fluid

     a fire did not erupt.
Melted hydraulic line Burnt valves from hydraulic fluid spray Fluid in the tank became so hot that it melted and blistered the paint off the bottom of the tank
The mine is not required to use a fire-resistant hydraulic fluid in this part of their operation, and very easily could have been using a 

mineral oil based product

 that would have caused a large fire. A large 

fire underground

 has the potential to cause major downtime in a best case scenario, and a catastrophe including, explosions, loss of life, and loss of the mine in a worst case scenario.

CUSTOMER TESTIMONIAL

The southern West Virginia mine stated that if any other oil product had been used a raging fire would have developed, and credits QUINTOLUBRIC 888-68 with supporting the safety of the mine workers.

THE PRODUCT


QUINTOLUBRIC® 888-68 was designed to 

replace anti-wear

mineral oil-based hydraulic fluids

 used in applications where 

fire hazards exist

. QUINTOLUBRIC® 888-68 can also be used in 

environmentally sensitive hydraulic applications

 without compromising the overall 

hydraulic system operations

. This fluid 

does not contain water

mineral oil

, or 

phosphate ester

, and is based on  

high-quality

synthetic

organic esters

 and carefully selected additives to achieve 

excellent hydraulic fluid performance

. QUINTOLUBRIC® 888-68 offers the lubrication level of premium, 

anti-wear hydraulic oils

, and can be used with 

hydraulic components

 from all major manufacturers.

THE EXPERTISE


Quaker was the first company to offer 

HFD-U fluids

 and has been the market leader in this type of technology. Quaker’s current HFD-U fluids are based on both 

synthetic organic compounds

 and 

naturally occurring esters

. QUINTOLUBRIC® 888 Series 

synthetic polyol esters

 are industry leaders in ester based technology. Quaker HFD-U fluids are 

readily biodegradable

 and have low aquatic toxicity, making them ideal for use where environmental protection is required. Quaker HFD-U fluids are 

globally available

 and give 

outstanding performance

 in 

fire resistance

lubrication

 and long service life. Fluids with the highest performance without compromise. Fluids that sharpen your competitive edge.