IRMCO® Case Study

Industry: Automotive

Components: Tube Bending

Material: 409 Stainless Steel

Fluid Technology: IRMCO GEL® 980-000

Number of parts trailed: 5,000


Client Objective

Reduce lubricant usage - too much lubricant was being used and wasted on the floor and around the bender.

Improve automotive tube bending parts cleaning - energy and chemical costs for cleaning was unnecessarily high.

Improve automotive tube bending tool life - to reduce costs and improve uptime.


Improvements Achieved

·         By replacing a pigmented paste with IRMCO GEL® and with controlled application, automotive tube bending lubricant consumption was reduced by 50%

·         IRMCO GEL® was removed with a plain water first stage reducing cleaning costs

·         IRMCO GEL® provided a controlled and consistent barrier on the tooling, increasing mandrel ball and wiper die life.


Business Value

·         The reduction in automotive tube bending lubricant usage resulted in more than $30,000 in annual savings

·         Reduction in washer disposal volume saved $25,000

·         Tooling life for the mandrel ball and wiper die increased on an average of 25%