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Metalworking Fluids

Halocarbon supplies the metalworking industry with engineered synthetic fluids specially formulated to extend tool life and improve surface finish by removing friction between the tool and the workpiece. Halocarbon Metalworking Fluids improve the workpiece quality by removing chips, swarfs, and fines from its surface and reducing the risk of in-process corrosion. Our metalworking fluids provide a safe solution for effective machining, forming, and shaping of even the most challenging substrates. For this reason, it should come as no surprise that Halocarbon Metalworking Fluids are the preferred metalworking fluid used in the processing of refractory metals (molybdenum, tungsten, niobium, tantalum) and their alloys. Halocarbon Metalworking Fluids are non-flammable, fluorinated fluids designed using Halocarbon’s unique PCTFE-based technology.

As the first commercial producer of PCTFE based lubricants, Halocarbon brings an extensive legacy of expertise and technology leadership to the production of these chemically inert, nonflammable lubricants. Halocarbon also provides a great degree of customization; Halocarbon Metalworking Fluids are available in a wide range of viscosities to accommodate application-specific needs and can also be formulated with or without anti-corrosion additives.

Halocarbon Metalworking Fluids are synthetic fluorinated fluids that are extremely effective as lubricants and coolants for machining operations such as, sawing, drilling, grinding, and milling. Halocarbon’s fluids have been found to be extremely useful in the wire-drawing and tube-drawing, cold-rolling, and stamping of all refractory metals and their alloys.

Halocarbon Metalworking Fluids are intrinsically nonflammable and nonreactive. Additionally, these fluids are chemically inert, nonflammable, and nonreactive to ensure exceptional precision machining and forming of high-tech metals under a broad range of application conditions. Halocarbon’s fluorinated fluids allow manufacturers to conduct safer, reproducible, more precise, and more reliable machining operations than conventional metalworking fluids.

Key Performance Characteristics

  • Safe to handle, nontoxic
  • Chemically inert
  • Nonflammable (no flash or fire point)
  • Anticorrosive
  • Nonreactive
  • Good lubricity
  • High thermal stability
  • Great heat dissipation

Key Applications

  • Wire-drawing and tube-drawing
  • Cold-rolling
  • Removing (cutting, grinding, drilling, and milling)
  • Forming (stamping)

Halocarbon Metalworking Fluids are designed to offer not only excellent lubricity and surface contact but also to ensure safety, reliability, and optimized performance in the machining, drawing, and forming of refractory metals.


Suitable for Use With

  • Oxygen (O2)
  • Chlorine (Cl2)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2)
  • Sulfur Trioxide (SO3)
  • Nitric Acid (HNO3)
  • Petroleum
  • Propane
  • Aluminum Trichloride (AlCl3)
  • Boron Trifluoride (BF3)
  • Arsenic Trifluoride (AsF3)

PCTFE Technology Sets Halocarbon Metalworking Fluids Apart from the Rest

Halocarbon Metalworking Fluids are manufactured using Halocarbon PCTFE technology. This technology produces a less complex, more cost-effective chemical composition than standard metalworking fluids. Our PCTFE oils have been proven to be extremely effective in the machining of challenging refractory metals. The unique chemistry of Halocarbon Metalworking Fluids allows them to be easily removed from the refractory metals using conventional hydrocarbon-based degreasers and cleaning solvents.

Metalworking Fluids for Better Surface Finish

These fluids serve as lubricants at the interface between a workpiece and the tool being used in its machining, reducing friction and preventing the adherence of the metal to the cutting tool. By reducing friction, the turning speeds and feeds of the tools are increased, and the tool life is extended. Not only do Halocarbon Metalworking Fluids reduce wear and protect the surface finish, but they also reduce the risk of chips and debris from collecting on the cutting tool.

Metalworking Fluids for Tantalum and Tungsten Parts and the Drawing of Tantalum Wire

Another unique benefit of Halocarbon Metalworking Fluids is the possibility of extremely fine surface finishes for the processing of refractory metals, including tantalum and tungsten parts and in the drawing of tantalum wire. The application of these fluids allows for much cleaner cuts than allowed by standard lubricant technology.

Metalworking Fluids for More Precise Processing

Halocarbon Metalworking Fluids help decrease the generation of heat in the contact point of the workpiece and the tool by reducing the presence of friction and remove the presence of heat with their cooling effect. In doing so, these synthetic fluids stabilize the temperature of the workpiece and therefore provide stronger control over its shape and size. More precise processing is also achieved with Halocarbon Metalworking Fluids by their ability to reduce tool wear and breakdown in addition to preventing the formation of buildup on the surface.

Metalworking Fluids to Reduce Production Costs

Tools experience wear and tear, leading to shortened lifetimes and requiring replacement and additional expense. By extending tool life, Halocarbon Metalworking Fluids extend tool processing time to minimize the need for replacement while also increasing production capacity. Additionally, these synthetic fluids reduce production time per piece and save capital by allowing for higher quality cutting, stamping, and drawing with minimal rejects.

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