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