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HIGH PERFORMANCE STAMPING LUBRICANTS
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IRMCO FLUIDS® high performance stamping lubricants are oil-free alternatives to oil and/or animal fat-based and pigmented paste lubricants. Exhaustively tested in laboratory and field production processes, IRMCO FLUIDS have demonstrated the ability to replace chlorinated and other, conventional, straight and emulsifiable oil-based stamping lubricants in severe stamping and forming processes.

 

OPTIMIZED APPLICATION: IRMCO FLUIDS provide a highly protective and lubricious micro-layer of lubricating film during demanding stamping and forming applications. This attribute translates to lower volumes of lubricant required to protect tooling and production parts – optimizing process economy and efficiency. IRMCO FLUIDS are easily applied via conventional roller and spray applicators and form stable, true solutions in water. Being water based, IRMCO FLUIDS are miscible in all dilutions, mixing easily with chemical proportioning pumps.

REDUCED TOOLING COST & DOWN TIME: IRMCO FLUIDS provide optimal protection for tooling surfaces and parts – reducing wear and downtime related to maintenance. The improvements to tool life result in increased efficiencies and line speeds.

CLEAN RUNNING: As IRMCO FLUIDS do not contain oil – they offer improved part cleanliness and weld-through capability over straight oil and emulsifiable oil based chemistries and pigmented emulsions. In many instances, pretreatment process bath life can be increased over oil-based lubricants and cleaning temperatures can be reduced – saving energy and improving safety.

FINISHING PROCESS COMPATIBLE: The lower loading characteristic of IRMCO stamping fluids in pretreatment baths reduces sludge and scale formation compared to oil containing stamping fluids. Less scale and sludge formation extends pump and heat exchanger life and reduces maintenance associated with “boil-outs” and blocked spray nozzles. Additionally; less temperature is needed to remove IRMCO fluids from surfaces – making IRMCO fluids more compatible with transition metal coating (TMC)processes and low-temperature or conventional iron and zinc phosphates. IRMCO fluids are very compatible with aqueous immersion, spray and ultrasonic cleaning. Automotive e-coat, powder paint and porcelain enameling surface pretreatment processes can all be optimized using IRMCO stamping fluids.

 

 

IRMCO FLUIDS PRODUCT CLASSES

080-SERIES: medium to heavy duty drawing and stamping of mild steels and aluminum. Primary product group recommended for aluminum stamping/forming.

146-SERIES: heavy duty drawing and stamping of mild and high strength steels. Some products are compatible with galvannealed steel and stainless steels.

313-SERIES: medium to heavy duty drawing and stamping of mild steels and zinc coated (galvanized and galvannealed) steels. This group of products was developed for use on zinc-coated steels.

323-SERIES: economical, light to medium duty drawing and stamping of mild steels and some high strength steels.

 

APPLICATION:

All IRMCO stamping fluids can be applied manually or via automated roller and spray applicators. Great success has been achieved using UNIST® and Industrial Innovations’ SPRAY-RITE® applicators.

HYDROBLEND® and “venturi-type” proportioning mixers are effective ways to control blending of IRMCO FLUIDS for use in the field.

 

TUBE - BENDING GELS

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IRMCO GEL® and IRMCO EXTREME® are fully synthetic alternatives to oil and/or animal fat-based and pigmented paste lubricants for demanding mandrel tube bending and forming applications.

 

OPTIMIZED APPLICATION

IRMCO GEL & EXTREME have a strong affinity for metal tube surfaces; providing a micro-layer of lubricating film on metal surfaces during demanding tube bending applications. This chemical nature and thick viscosity of IRMCO GEL & IRMCO EXTREME translates to the products “staying put”, resulting in less lubricant dripping off of machinery and less “weeping” of lubricant onto floors. These characteristics allow for these products to be applied in lower volume – reducing chemical consumption and lowering process costs.

IRMCO GEL products can be applied manually via brush, or through the mandrel via conventional drum pump and follower plate to ensure proper delivery of gel to tooling.

IRMCO EXTREME products are typically applied through the mandrel via drum pump – providing minimal quantity lubricant application.

IRMCO GEL® & EXTREME® PRODUCT CLASSES

460-SERIES: Opaque, bright white gel predominantly used on aluminized stainless steel and mild steels.

980-SERIES: Clear gel product suitable for mild steels, aluminum and 409 and 439 stainless steels. Tube diameters up to 4” are typical

REDUCED TOOLING COST & DOWN TIME

IRMCO GEL & EXTREME provide a highly protective and lubricious film on tooling surfaces - protecting mandrel balls and wipers dies from elevated friction – reducing wear and downtime related to maintenance.
CLEAN RUNNING: As IRMCO GEL & EXTREME do not contain oil – they offer improved part cleanliness and weld-through capability over straight oil and emulsifiable oil based chemistries and pigmented emulsions. In some applications, the residue left behind is so minimal – cleaning of the tube is eliminated.

FINISHING PROCESS COMPATIBLE

IRMCO stamping fluids typically load pretreatment cleaning baths less than oil containing stamping fluids. This can extend cleaner bath life greatly and minimize sludge and scale development in tanks, risers and enclosures. Less temperature is needed to remove IRMCO fluids from metal surfaces – making IRMCO fluids more compatible with transition metal coating (TMC) processes as well as low-temperature conventional iron and zinc phosphates. Additionally; IRMCO fluids are very compatible with aqueous immersion, spray and ultrasonic cleaning and automotive e-coat processes.