Sheet metals and foils surround us these days – from the exterior panels of automobiles to beverage cans, from metal storage tanks to the coins we use. These and many other products started as sheet metal, most of which is produced in rolling mills.
And wherever these mills operate, you will find rolling oils, a lubricant industry insider noted recently. Stephan Baumgaertel, executive director of the German Lubricant Manufacturers Association, discussed the makeup and performance of rolling oils at Januarys International Colloquium on Tribology in Ostfildern, Germany. According to Baumgaertel, a long list of issues must be addressed to create rolling oils that help make all of our sheet metal products.