Lubrication applied to metal working consists in spraying the soluble oil (a mixture of oil and water) onto the working points of the tool. This lubrication is usually performed using an injector to spray the oil at a high pressure onto the areas concerned.
The principle of microlubrication consists in injecting a mixture air/lubricant directly inside the tool to lubricate between the cutting edge and the workpiece. In this way it is possible to reduce the amount of lubricants used from 50 to 1000 times with respect to conventional lubrication.
Total has developed a range of specific lubricants for this process in conjunction with the Cluny engineer school of ENSAM and is a pioneer in this field.
It has multiple advantages:
- It reduces consumption between 50 and 1000 times
- It enables gains by reducing waste
- Cleaner machines
- Better use of cutting waste
For this new process, Total has developed specially adapted fluids that use vegetable and biodegradable base oil.
The range consists of three products covering most applications
- VALONA MQL 3028
- VALONA MQL 3046
- VALONA MQL 5035