New lubes for Asia’s wire processing industry

September 2018 — At the Shanghai fair, French company Condat will share its long term expertise on wire drawing lubrication. Beside products like non-reactive and reactive coatings, dry powder lubricants, oils, pastes, greases, protection and degreasing products, the company will display its new lubricants for the Asian market.

To reduce residues, limit costly degreasing operations and improve the quality of the wire, Condat laboratories have developed a new range of water soluble lubricants. “Vicafil SL” soluble oils have been formulated to meet the latest wet drawing requirements. Enhanced with biocide and anti-foaming properties, this Vicafil SL range can be used for drawing low or high carbon steels with various surface preparations, from bare or pre-drawn wire, acid picked and phosphate coated wire, to galvanised wire. The lube range is easy to put in solution and leaves a clean surface finish. It also ensures a long bath life.

Steelcord production requires a high level of quality and finish on the wire together with high speed production. Latest developments are oriented to answer those constraints, including for high tensile steelcord wire production. These include

– an additive for borax surface treatment baths to improve the coating weight deposit on the wire. It helps lubricant pick up and extends die lives
– new high performance low borax and borax free sodium based soaps for high speed drawing. It allows low lubricant consumption and excellent surface finish
– a water soluble polymer based product to replace lead based wire patenting operations. This solution provides a safer and cleaner working environment

Condat is an independent company with global presence, specialising in the field of industrial lubrication. For over 160 years, it has adapted its products to the specific needs of each market (drawing, cold heading, metal working,…) and has developed soaps, greases, and oils. With a well-staffed laboratory, Condat works closely with its customers to help them optimise their processes with respect for the environment.

Condat Lubricants SAS
wire China 2018, hall W1 both D41
Tel.: +33 478 073838

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