Innovation through the Decades…
Etna has created many solutions to possible issues in the metal forming industry. Some of the major product line developments include:
- 1940’s a new line of drawing compounds were created to meet the requirements of the ammunition manufacturing industry that installed a new high speed machines to make shell cases used in WW II and the Korean Conflict.
- 1950’s pigmented oils are released to draw shot blasted carbon steel bar and rod to eliminate the use of pre-coats such as lime or phosphate and soap.
- 1960’s the development of a line of drawing compounds for copper tubing industry that “burn clean” in annealing furnaces. A line of straight oils used to draw shot blasted carbon steel bar and rod without the use of pre-coats.
- 1970’s water soluble lubricants used to produce brass plated tire wire for steel belted radial tires are released. The compounds aid in the adhesion of brass plated steel to the rubber used in tire construction.
- 1980’s the development of a new line of water soluble lubricants that are readily waste water treatable are released. These soluble oils reduce both Bacterial Oxygen Demand (BOD) and Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD).
- 1990’s several new compounds and lubricants are released to the markets. Etna pioneered the line of synthetic drawing compounds for the copper tube production industry. A Low Fume (LF) series of drawing lubricants for non-ferrous tube drawing are released to reduce or eliminate the fume/ smoke. Most importantly the LF series improved quality of life for plant workers. Etna also launched a new line of mineral oil based drawing oils, this allowed for the left over residues from the bright annealing process to be acceptable to the R134a type refrigerants to be used in the final product.
- 2000’s and Beyond…A line of non-chlorinated oils replaced the conventional chlorine extreme pressure additives, no pre-coats needed! The Copper Development Association and Etna establish new safety guidelines for residual material in water tubes.Currently Etna is working on the development of non-mineral based lubricants and a novel additive to replace chlorinated extreme pressure agents. Keep an eye on the New Website to see what else is in store!