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TribSheet # 203
What is the Best Coating/Lubricant?
 
There is no best coating or lubricant. Each process is unique and requires consideration of the type of forming operation, the workpiece material, the die material, and the economics of the process. In many cases, the limiting factor for lubricants is a secondary operation (i.e. welding or painting) that cannot tolerate the "best" lubricant. You should consider what happens when a coating fails (wears or peels) or the die must be re-spotted. Some coatings can be stripped and reapplied but the results may not be as good. Both lubricant and die coating effectiveness can be evaluated by using simple test procedures. These tests can save thousands of dollars in die costs and lost production time.
 
 
 


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