Steel Tube Manufacturer Halves Dewatering Process Time with WEDOLiT AS 1012
A global steel tube manufacturer that has seven plants across Europe and America, has been operating for over a century producing tailor-made tube products for the energy and automotive sectors. The seamless and welded tubes they manufacture need short-term corrosion protection to ensure that no corrosion occurs during the entire process chain.
In the past, the tube manufacturer has changed the dewatering fluid it used multiple times due to problems with the performance. It also required a premium quality fluid that could cope with the high-volume throughput in its 706-cubic foot immersion bath.
The manufacturer wasn’t fully convinced — even after their laboratory tests showed outstanding product performance from the WEDOLiT range — as they didn’t believe that any technology could be better than the one they were currently using.
As a result, the manufacturer trialed WEDOLiT AS 1012, a leading-edge dewatering fluid which uses surfaceactive substances to displace both water and emulsions from the metal surface extremely quickly and has corrosion protection properties.
After evaporation of the solvent, a thin non-adhesive protective film remains on the surface, which offers corrosion protection for short-term to intermediate storage. Any water or emulsions that enter the bath settle on the bottom of the tank after a short period of time, and can then be drained off.
Using WEDOLiT AS 1012, the dewatering time significantly reduced from less than 10 seconds to less than 5 seconds. As a bonus, the length of the short-term indoor storage corrosion protection also drastically improved from a few days to more than three weeks.
The manufacturer was so impressed with the results that it has started running trials of other products from the WEDOLiT range throughout the plant.
For this steel tube manufacturer, opening the door to Master Fluid Solutions and their technologically advanced WEDOLiT products has proved beneficial.
- Reduced dewatering time by 50 %
- Increased corrosion protection from a few days to more than 3 weeks
- Doubled possible throughput of immersion bath
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