Castrol releases two new cutting fluids

Created to support the manufacturing of metal components, Castrol Hysol SL 35 XBB and Castrol Alusol SL 51 XBB cutting fluid technology are claimed to maintain constant pH levels - between 9 and 9.5 - and stable conditions for longer than other standard cutting fluids. This reduces the need to add expensive treatment additives and biocides, as well as safeguarding against costly uncontrolled system changes.

Castrol’s Hysol and Alusol XBB products do not rely on the use of boron or formaldehyde releasing agents or additional biocide and fungicide additive packs, but are still said to meet and exceed the lifetime expectations of the benchmark technology to date.

Cutting fluids perform an essential role in the manufacturing of many types of metal components. One of the main drawbacks of the traditional technology is that, over time, the fluid can suffer from bacterial growth and contamination resulting in the fluid ‘going off’. This leads to pH depletion, unpleasant odours, unstable emulsion and poor performance. The Hysol and Alusol XBB products are resistant to acid attack from bacteria, proven to maintain pH at a constant level and are therefore inherently more resistant to bacterial growth.

“By having greater control of the pH, the reliance upon short-lived biocides to control bacteria is significantly reduced or eliminated,” said Adrian Brabazon, head of European marketing - industrial & commercial vehicles, Castrol. “This ultimately translates into significant improvements for controlling manufacturing costs, increasing productivity, protecting the quality of end products and meeting HSSE requirements.”

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Tom Austin-Morgan

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