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Brandauer reap the benefts of Metaform™ cold metal forming lubricants

Brandauer is a leading independent high-precision metal component specialist based in the Midlands. Using high speed presses, predominantly Bruderer, they manufacture components from a variety of metals including titanium, stainless steel, high carbon steel, aluminium, phosphor bronze and other complex copper-based alloys such as beryllium copper.

Brandauer also produce their own push-ft connector technology and process a number of specialist materials with specifc conditions such as bi-metallic inlays and selective plating. Markets include automotive, medical, energy, micro engineering, telecommunication and construction.

  • Tonnage Range: 18T - 125T
  • Metal types: Titanium, stainless steel, aluminium and compex copper-based alloys such as beryllium copper.
  • Metal thickness: 0.0125mm - 1mm
  • Press speeds: 250-700 blows/minute

Brandauer were using a variety of lubricants from Hammond, Varol and Houghton (Braemar).

Metaform™ W550EP was introduced in a trial process to improve productivity. Other trialists included the incumbent suppliers and Irmco.

Trials were undertaken on stainless steel push ft grab rings, 0.35mm and 0.8mm 316 stainless ste

Outcome

Initial trials were carried out on 0.35mm stainless steel grab rings. Tool life was monitored and it was found that the use of Metaform™ W550EP extended tool life from an average run expectancy of 4 million components to 16 milion components.

Expanded trials on 0.8mm stainless steel heavy duty grab rings again showed a great improvement, with tool life extended from 500 components to over 27,000 components.


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