A stamping manufacturer & engineering company, that designs and manufactures dies, stamped parts and welded assemblies for the automotive and other industries, had switched some of its stamping application to high strength steel. They experienced problems with die life and dimensional part quality as a result of using their old lubricant on the harder steel. In one application, scoring occurred after only 6,000 hits, forcing the press to shut-down to allow work on the die.
In a plant that manufactures over 1 million parts a week, these shut-downs caused major production delays.
The company needed a lubricant that could stand up to the demands of high strength steel but they did not want to revert to using straight oil. The shop tried Metal Mates HDPHSS in one of the presses running the new high strength steel parts, the success was immediate and the other presses were quickly changed over to Metal Mates.
HDP-HSS eliminated scoring and significantly extended die longevity while improving part quality and reducing scrap. Production runs increased dramatically.
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"With Metal Mates we do more with less. We’re using less lubricant and getting better results. And you boil that down to health, safety and cleanliness within the plant. I’m not spraying or adding more lube to the system. I’m actually using less, and I don’t have people with mops around the presses anymore."