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Metal rolling oils

The most important characteristics of rolling oils are to cool the metal and work the rolls whilst providing the required lubrication to the roll bite and protecting both from corrosion. We offer a range of components for both ferrous and non-ferrous metal rolling do just that. Our synthetic esters, fatty acids, phosphate esters, surfactants, emulsifiers and corrosion inhibitors are suitable for use in hot and cold rolling applications, in neat oils, water-in-oil emulsions and in dispersions. 

Metal rolling is the process of stretching a piece of sheet metal to a certain thickness by increasing its length. Friction control between metal rolls is critical: low friction is desirable in some places, but if friction is too low in other contact areas it can cause the rolls not to flatten the metal effectively, creating pits and smears.


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Components for ferrous & non-ferrous metal rolling

Rolling oil lubricants must be carefully selected depending on the type of metal to be rolled.

Common ferrous metals include engineering steel, carbon steel and cast iron and non-ferrous metals include aluminium and copper. Finished formulations can be based on either neat oils or emulsions. We provide a range of components to suit both formulation types: 

  • Ester base fluids impart good oxidation stability and provide controlled lubrication
  • Self-emulsifying esters offer formulation simplification by removing the need for a separate ester and emulsification package
  • Emulsifiers to help deliver excellent emulsion stability, tramp oil rejection and extended fluid lifetime. 

With a strong focus on improving formulation performance, our range of solutions improve many aspects of metal rolling formulations and the rolling process itself, as showcased in the table below.


Feature  Benefit to formulation Benefit to end customer
Excellent lubrication
  • Reduced friction between strip and work rolls.
  • Mills run faster
  • Decreased maintenance intervals
  • Work and back up rolls have a longer life with reduced strip breaks meaning increased productivity and lower maintenance costs. 
Outstanding cooling properties
  • Reduced oxidation of product
  • Enhanced temperature control
  • Chemical breakdown prevention.
  • Improved surface finish
  • Skidding and surface abnormalities are reduced
  • Improved quality assurance.
Total evaporation of lubricant leaving no deposits
  •  Clean burning.
  • Excellent annealing properties
  • Cleaner strip
  • Minimised downstream processes.
Superior corrosion protection
  • Corrosion from emulsion carry over is eliminated.
  • Better strip quality meaning quality assurance and minimised downstream processing
Stabilised emulsion particles
  • Reduced drag out
  • Enhanced tramp-oil rejection.
  • Enhanced emulsion control
  • Cleaner system with constant lubrication
  • Lowered oil consumption rate.
High oxidation stability
  • Required viscosity of a finished product is maintain throughout its working life
  • Good overall cleanliness is maintained.
  • Reduced power consumption
  • Minimised work roll wear and machine downtime.
  • Clean working environment.
Soap free formulation
  • Extended sump life
  • Clean system maintained
  • Formation of corrosive particles maintained. 
  • Long term reduction in fluid cost
  • Reduced downtime
  • Reduced corrosion issues. 

Brochure: Non-ferrous metal rolling oils

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Brochure: Ferrous metal rolling

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