High pH Cutting Fluids Resist Bacteria and Acid

Castrol will display its new cutting fluids platform to support the manufacturing of metal components that are formulated to maintain pH at a constant level and are resistant to bacterial growth and acid attack.

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Castrol will display its new cutting fluids platform to support the manufacturing of metal components that are formulated to maintain pH at a constant level and are resistant to bacterial growth and acid attack.

The fluids do not rely on the use of boron or formaldehyde-releasing agents or additional biocide and fungicide additive packs. The lubricating properties help prevent swarf buildup, assuring high-quality surface finish and low scrappage rates. Even at low concentrations, the cutting fluids can help to maintain machining performance and protect against corrosion and staining.

By having more control of the pH, the reliance upon short-lived biocides to control bacteria is significantly reduced or eliminated, the company says. This translates into significant improvements for controlling manufacturing costs, increasing productivity, protecting the quality of end products and meeting HSSE (health, safety, security and environmental) requirements.

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