Yes indeed, metalworking has been and is an exciting place to work. We wish we could gaze into a crystal ball and see the future – complete with new technologies, more efficient fluid applications, and a customer base who immediately understands how to weld the two together.
In order to peer into the future, we really need to understand present-day applications, and to dialogue with users of metalworking technologies to understand their goals. This article summarizes a recent study which included discussions with end users, suppliers, fluid manufacturers and distributors, with the aim of understanding current needs and future requirements in the specific area of drawing and stamping. (An earlier part of this study, focusing on metal removal operations and their needs, was the subject of an October 2012 LubesnGreases article.)