The disadvantages of using drawing oil as a lubricant in metalworking

Although traditional stamping and drawing oil has long been used as a common lubricant in metalworking, the disadvantages of this approach have now become clear. Compared to the modern oil-free lubricants from LBI oil free, the use of drawing oil results in several problematic aspects:

Environmental impact

Drawing oil is usually produced on a minor oil basis, which means that it is not biodegradable. During use, it often ends up in the environment, whether through evaporation, run-off or the complex disposal process. This can have a significant impact on the environment and pollute the soil and groundwater.

Health risks

Drawing oil vapours, which can arise at high forming temperatures, can be inhaled during use and lead to health problems. If the employee is exposed to these vapours over a longer period of time, it can lead to respiratory irritation, allergic reactions and other health problems. Direct skin contact with drawing oil can also lead to skin irritation and allergic reactions.

Health protection

The use of mineral oil-based drawing oil can affect working conditions in the workplace. The condensation of oil vapours in machine enclosures and on hall ceilings can lead to slippery floors, which increases the risk of accidents. In addition, the removal of drawing oil after processing can be time-consuming and often requires the use of special cleaning agents, which in turn mean additional disposal costs.

High costs

The low purchase costs for drawing oil may seem favourable at first glance, but the overall costs can increase over time. The need for costly cleaning, disposal and possible health costs for employees can quickly cancel out the initial savings.

Limited application flexibility

Mineral oil-based drawing oil cannot be used in all machining processes, especially in applications where intermediate cleaning before a subsequent process such as welding, bonding, soldering or painting cannot be used.

In view of these disadvantages, the oil-free lubricants from LBI oil free are an advantageous option. They not only offer improved environmental compatibility and occupational safety, but also better performance and longer tool life.
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