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Metalworking, Cutting, Treating and Finishing Chemicals

Industry Overview:

The metalworking, cutting, treating, and finishing chemicals industry has a vast influence on manufacturing, in the production of such diverse products as large ships and fine jewelry. The art of metalworking is an ancient one – dating back 10,000 years – yet this industry continues to play a pivotal role in our modern, global economy. The chemicals that support these processes are equally vital, enabling highly skilled, large-scale metallurgical production.

Metalworking, cutting, treating, and finishing can be expensive and dangerous work, and chemicals help to minimize these risks. They cool and lubricate tools and workpieces to keep processes running smoothly, they contribute to final product quality by removing swarfs and inhibiting corrosion, and they protect workers and the environment by preventing the growth of bacteria, fungi, and nitrosamines on other metalworking fluids.

Common Applications:

  • Additives – chlorinated, non-chlorinated, sulfated, etc.
  • Oils – soluble, grinding, etc.
  • Metal cutting intermediates
  • Metal finishing intermediates
  • Friction
  • Heat transfer
  • Cooling properties
  • Emulsion
  • Finishes
  • Biocides
  • Blending
  • Degreasers
  • Lubricants
  • Fluids – tapping, metal-forming, drilling, etc.
  • Inhibitors -- corrosion, rust, salt, etc.
  • Discoloration
  • Surfactants blends
  • Misting
  • Hazards / controls


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