Hot Topics in MWFs

March 01, 2013
Edited by Gregory Foltz
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Hot Topics in Metalworking

Edited by Greg Foltz

The metalworking fluid industry continues to be at the forefront of regulatory activity either directly, through actions impacting the products themselves, or indirectly, as key raw materials used in the formulations are being affected.

Several of  these current ‘hot topics’ were selected by the Metalworking Fluid Education and Training Subcommittee in late 2010 for the original Hot Topics Education course presented at the 2011 STLE Annual Meeting in Atlanta. That course was very well attended, and based on the feedback, it was decided that a half day session would be devoted to Hot Topics at the 2012 STLE Annual meeting in St. Louis. Based on the importance of these topics and the interest in them, it was decided to make the information available to a much wider audience.

In this article the original presenters of the course, and the session, give updates on the various areas. They include GHS (Globally Harmonized System), chlorinated paraffins, formaldehyde condensate biocides, and the impact of SCAQMD Rule 1144 as well as the new ASTM E1868-10 TGA method for VOC determination

GHS will have a major impact on product labels in terms of the language and pictograms now required. It will also affect SDS’s in terms of trade secrets, mixture reporting, and hazard determination. OSHA has mandated that this be in place in the US by June 1, 2015. This issue will impact everyone in the lubricant industry, not just metalworking fluids.

Chlorinated paraffins are key ingredients to many metal removal fluids and are critical ingredients in many forming fluids. Their availability and regulatory status is important to many formulators. The same goes for the biocides used in metalworking fluids, especially the formaldehyde condensates, many of which are coming up for reregistration.  Rule 1144 defines regulations for the use of VOC containing metalworking fluids in the SCAQMD of California. It is now in place and is being enforced. A new ASTM method (E1868-10) was developed in conjunction with Rule 1144 and is used for measuring the VOC of metalworking fluids.

These are all very timely and pertinent topics. They will have a major impact on businesses in terms of financial resources required, potential product reformulations, and the ability to maintain regulatory compliance.

You can read the entire article when it's published in the April 2013 issue of TLT.

Contributors for this article include John Burke, Neil Canter, Greg Foltz, John Howell, Fred Passman, Mike Pearce, and Eugene White. If you're interested in these topics, consider attending STLE's Annual Meeting, taking place in May 2013. There will be a new update to the Hot Topics presentations, and you can ask questions of the presenters live.

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