New technology for water-soluble metalworking fluids

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The innovative Steelfuid plant operating by the factory of Sythesis SpA at Bianconese di Fontevivo (PR) can assure a productive capacity of 1,000 tons per year.
The innovative Steelfuid plant operating by the factory of Sythesis SpA at Bianconese di Fontevivo (PR) can assure a productive capacity of 1,000 tons per year.

With cross skills that embrace the whole metal-working field, steelfluid has recently inaugurated an innovative automated plant dedicated to the production of emulsifiable oils.

Mr Francesco Stelluto, project manager, responsible for the implementation of the new automated plant dedicated to the emulsifiable production.
Mr Francesco Stelluto, project manager, responsible for the implementation of the new automated plant dedicated to the emulsifiable production.

Steelfluid has recently presented an innovative automated plant already operating by the factory of its parent company Synthesis SpA, at Bianconese di Fontevivo (PR), to the market. Propitious event was the international meeting that the company reserved to its foreign distributors and that involved guests coming from various Countries, like India, Germany, Russia, Turkey and Hungary. The welcome was given by Mr Gian Lorenzo Merlo, co-founder and managing director of Steelfluid, who has explained how, since 2004, the company has been part of Synthesis SpA, Group, target that has made possible the development and the promotion of dielectric EDM fluids as well as a series of special metalworking fluids for stock removal, fluids for the production and sharpening of tools, evaporable fluids for blanking, special lubricants, solvents for the metal detergence and anti-rust protective substances. In the course of its first 20 years of activity, it is worth mentioning the official approval of EDMfluid fluids by some renowned machine manufacturers and the attainment of the Uni EN ISO 9001:2000 certification released by DNV Body. Acknowledged competence that that allowed the company to operate successfully also in Europe and in the even more competitive Eastern and Asian markets.

Thanks to the new plant and specific annexed laboratory, Steelfluid is committed to the reformulation of products already available as well as to the development of new ones.
Thanks to the new plant and specific annexed laboratory, Steelfluid is committed to the reformulation of products already available as well as to the development of new ones.

 

The new automated production plant
Francesco Stelluto, who has taken care of the development and implementation of the new automated plant dedicated to the production of emulsifiable, explained «The main goals that have determined and supported the construction of the new automated plant for the production of water-soluble metalworking fluids concerned not only the possibility of assuring constant quality, able to produce about 1,000 tons per year, but also the need of widening the range, more than necessary requirement for satisfying the most varied needs of the market, both national and international. Without neglecting the will of carrying out a total revision of formulations, in order to propose the company with an innovative and even more competitive technology. The protection of the environment and of the operators, who use this typology of products, can be obtained thanks to the use of raw materials inspired by new concepts and the formulation know-how». In this context, in the activity of reformulation of current products and in the development of new ones, the new plant will allow not only the compliance with the new regulations in force (as far as the hygienic-sanitary and environmental aspects are concerned), but also peculiarities that will provide added value to the products implemented. «I am referring– added Stelluto – to an increment of the stability of emulsifiable oils as well as to the possibility of developing suitable formulations for granting an easy dilution and high stability also in very hard waters (45°F), avoiding the formation of surface foams. But also to assure adequate detergence properties, today element more than ever important for this typology of products, besides avoiding the formation of persistent foaming phenomena also using soft waters. Besides, assuring high protection against materials sensitive to the water action». As already underlined, the new plant is equipped with an automated process technology; a choice, this one, deriving from the Group’s belief that – in this kind of products, very delicate from both the productive and managerial point of view – deems as irremissible the condition of assuring the highest possible stability to end users and the repeatability of performances. This eliminating any possible human error and any variable in the operating mixing conditions.

The line of biostable emulsifibiable series Mecut BIO, in addition to 450 and 650, will be enriched by new 250 and 500 formulations.
The line of biostable emulsifibiable series Mecut BIO, in addition to 450 and 650, will be enriched by new 250 and 500 formulations.

Not only fluids and oils
Wide and variegated, the product offer by Steelfluid ranges from the fluids for the EDM process (EDMfluid, Flusin) to water anti-rust additives for wire EDM, from the whole range including fluids for sharpening tools made of HM and HSS up to the evaporable fluids for fine blanking. These are then completed by more conventional solutions, like: multifunction lubricants/hydraulic, ashless, dispersing detergents; fluids for the maintenance/cleaning of hydraulic systems; hydraulic oils, (also multi-grade, biodegradable with reduced flammability); hydraulic fluids with high viscosity index. They are then completed by lubricants (for reduction gears and air compressors), products suitable for the lubrication of machine tool slide guides, synthetic lubricants for the lubrication of high speed spindles, hydraulic systems and minimal lubrication, whole metalworking fluids free from mineral oil, biodegradable. Without being exhaustive and specific in the outline, we can say that Steelfluid boasts then also the availability of various cutting oils (multi-functional, lubrication and cooling, semi-synthetic for metalworking and for the machining of PAO-based metals), cutting fluids (with low viscosity for metalworking, specific for deep drilling and broaching, whole with high EP performances for sheet metal forming and fine blanking, for minimal lubrication), water-soluble fluids for metalworking, containing mineral oil, water-soluble coolants, mineral oil-based, emulsifiable fluids for metalworking, free from mineral oil, and water-soluble coolants, free from oily substances for magnetic lamination cutting. «The new plant – added Mr Stelluto – will enable another important range widening. The series of bio-stable emulsifiable series Mecut BIO will be no more constituted by the two only different formulations available today, that is to say 450 and 650, but completed by the 250 and 500 executions, which are different each other mainly for the oil content present in the formulation».

The innovative Steelfluid plant is provided with automated process technology.
The innovative Steelfluid plant is provided with automated process technology.

An industrial group worth 80 million euros
Synthesis SpA, born in 1977 operating initially in the sector of Alkylbenzenes, has rapidly grown, developing its activity in the sector of Norma-Paraffins, of Iso-Paraffins and of Functional Fluids intended for the most varied industrial sectors, reaching a renowned leadership position on the national territory. The constant upgrading of its production plants, of the laboratory and of the internal know-how allow a constant growth to the company in terms of turnover and not only. «Today Synthesis Group– specified Eugenio Paolo Fuochi, managing director of Synthesis SpA, as well as president of Steelfluid and of Synthesis Chimica Srl – counts in its inside, besides Steelfluid srl, also a group of companies operating in several sectors, including: unconventional LPG, cooling fluids, fluids and gases like expanding gases for expanded resins of various type, products for the building sector, various intermediates for several application fields in which the environment protection holds particular importance and is always constantly evolving». A private industrial Group able to generate a turnover exceeding 80 million Euros that aims at growing further with targeted investments. «As in the case of the new plant for the production of emulsifiable just inaugurated – added Mr Fuochi himself– fruit of a growth course that has seen the synergistic collaboration of Synthesis and Steelfluid. With the target of serving the market even better not only with new products but renewing and improving the existing ones».