21/12/2021 – Metalube uses synthetic technology

Next generation in wire drawing lubrication

Already approved and in use in the latest high-performance machines Metalube’s synthetic “Lubricool” and “Metarol” products are delivering better performance, increased stability, and improved cleanliness over mineral oil-based products. So, how does synthetic lubrication work?


Synthetic lubricants are highly stable fluids used in fine wire drawing processing applications . © Metalube


Performance of synthetic compared with semi-synthetic lubricants. © Metalube


Metalube is utilising scientific advancements in synthetic technology to deliver advanced lubrication solutions to the wire drawing industry. For over 30 years, Metalube’s range of mineral oil-based wire drawing lubricants have been an industry standard, used around the world in wire drawing applications. With the advancement of wire machinery, and the expansion of production capability, Metalube has formulated an advanced range of synthetic lubricants specially developed to address the high-performance objectives of today’s multiwire machines.

What makes a synthetic lubricant a better option?
Synthetic lubricants are highly stable fluids used in fine wire drawing processing applications where high levels of lubrication and cleanliness are needed to cope with the high speeds of modern machinery. Proven to reduce wire break frequency by 50%, synthetic lubricants deliver increased efficiency for wire drawing machinery.

Whether it’s poor temperature control, unreliable filtration, a small system or highly pressurised pumps, these factors all shorten the product life of the typical mineral oil based lubricant. Synthetic fluids, however, are much less reactive lubricants and so can run much cleaner at lower concentrations. Additionally, they are better at rejecting contamination that a soluble oil will naturally try to emulsify into the fluid. The outcome is this:
– improved cleanliness
– increased efficiency
– better lubricant stability
– more consistency in operation
– improved component life

Why are Synthetic Lubricants more stable?
Mineral oils are prone to changes in particle size for a variety of reasons, this can lead to instability as the lubricant interacts with ions in reactive copper and hard water salts. The result for the manufacturer is an upset in the overall balance of the fluid leading to poor detergency, shortened fluid life and the need to add additional cleaning products. Synthetic fluids are less reactive lubricants and so run cleaner for longer at lower concentrations, eliminating the need for additive products.

Metalube Limited
4 Huntsman Drive
Northbank Industrial Park
Irlam, Manchester, M44 5EG UK
Tel.: +44 161 775-7771


About Metalube
Metalube is part of the Bishopdale Group, a private holding company for a group of industrial lubricants brands – “Metalube”, “Molyslip” and “UOP”. The company exports 95% of its production to over 90 countries worldwide and has offices in Manchester, Dubai, Mumbai, São Paulo and Shanghai. From its headquarters in Irlam, Manchester the company has a fully integrated lubricant manufacturing facility, including new state-of-the-art laboratories.