Metalworking Fluids

Biosynthetic® Technologies has developed a revolutionary new class of high-performance bio-based additives for metalworking fluids, called Biocea™. These novel sustainable additives use the patented estolide technology and are biobased, biodegradable, non-bioaccumulative, and non-toxic. Biocea additives deliver superior lubricity, film strength, biostability, hydrolytic stability, oxidation stability, and increased polarity on both ferrous and non-ferrous alloys. They are derived from natural oils and improve the overall quality of formulated metalworking fluid. Biocea additives can result in increased productivity, reduced waste and down time, and lower cost in your overall manufacturing operation.

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EAL Market Drivers

According to a recent Kline and Company report, the global finished lubricants market in 2019 was 40.5 million tons, of which bio-lubricants accounted for less than 1% at 350,000 tons. The report stated that there are untapped growth opportunities, considering the low penetration of bio-lubricants demand in some key country markets. The U.S. is one of the fastest growing country markets, with uptake of bio-lubes expected at about a 4% CAGR from 2019 to 2024 (Kline and Company, August 5, 2020). Compare that to the global lubricants market, which according to Reportlinker, is expected to witness a downfall in 2020 with a negative growth of 0. 95% (Reportlinker, May 7, 2020). In June 2020, Genomatica reported that “Despite setbacks from the pandemic, demand for bio-lubricants should continue to grow faster than the overall global lubricants market”. To leverage the pending growth of the biobased lubricant and metalworking fluid markets, lubricant manufacturers can convert their traditional formulation into environmentally acceptable formulations and thus expand their EAL offering and capitalize on growth patterns.

Features and Benefits

Unparalleled lubricity

Provide superb wear protection

Are free of restricted chemicals

Excellent hydrolytic stability

Natural detergency

HX1 Certified

Minimizes safety risks

Reduces overall formulation cost

Meet the national chemical inventory requirements

Increases operational efficiency

Reduces cost related to maintenance

REACH registered

Show no signs of dermal irritation

Naturally low foaming

Technical Performance Data

Biosynthetic Technologies’ Biocea additives provide excellent lubricity, film strength and improved tool life, when compared to other PAO additives.  In addition to superior oxidative stability Biocea additives provide excellent wear protection as well as industry leading hydrolytic stability. Below, please find the ranking for the leading metalworking fluid additives performance features, and see how Biocea additives outperform the most commonly used additives available in the market today.

Environmental Performance Data

Biocea additives are manufactured with consideration for the environment, health and safety. They provide the sustainable answer for environmentally acceptable metalworking fluids. Biocea are renewable carbon based and provide:

High Biodegradability

Low Bioaccumulation

Low Toxicity

High Bio-Content

Rapid Breakdown

No dermal irritation

Low Environmental Risk

Reduced Risk to Wildlife

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Biocea additives are used in a variety of Metalworking and metal forming fluid formulations for all 4 major classes of metal-working fluids: straight oil, soluble oil, semisynthetic, and synthetic metalworking fluids. Biocea additives can be used as high performance lubricity additives, that meet (and often exceed) the technology requirement needed in modern machining techniques. These novel Biocea additives are considered to be the best biobased choice for multi-purpose or general-purpose applications in neat oils, soluble oils, and semi-synthetic fluids. They have good solubility in all base oils, and are the easiest to emulsify into water-based chemistries.

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Specialty Oleo Derivatives

In addition to Biocea additives, Biosynthetic Technologies offers other castor derived high-performance fluids that are natural and sustainable. Our extensive oleo derivatives product line is specifically formulated to match formulator needs and to provide solutions to the distinct challenges in the metalworking fluid market. These castor derived products perform exceptionally well in a variety of functions, and often represent formulation improvements that offer greater product uniformity and cost savings. Biosynthetic Technologies offers the following castor derivatives in their metalworking product line.

Registration and Certification

At Biosynthetic Technologies we hold the appropriate certifications and registrations to certify our products do not only deliver on performance and quality but are also compliant with national and international requirements. Our Quality Assurance team stays current on the ever-evolving regulations as new legislation is passed and implemented in the industry. Our continuous improvement culture drives us, building upon our solid foundation of quality principles ensuring we meet or exceed customer expectations. All our castor oil derivatives have sales approval for US (EPA, Canada (CEPA), and Europe (REACH). Currently, we proudly maintain the following certifications for all products:

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Sustainability and Carbon Footprint

At Biosynthetic Technologies, we understand the importance of sustainable manufacturing practices. As such sustainability through innovation is a main driver of our company’s mission. We are constantly looking for ways to minimize the negative impacts on the environment while conserving energy and natural resources. Our objective is to make sustainability a point of difference for our business, and we are confident that this strategy will generate even greater benefits for the environment in which we operate, the people that we work with and the communities we are part of. Biosynthetic Technologies is committed to sustainability and clearly focused on the responsible use of natural resources in our daily business. We understand that health, environmental awareness and traceability play just as large a role for consumers as quality and efficacy. Biosynthetic® Technologies is aware of its responsibility in this business and sustainability. As such, our manufacturing facility is operating with a NEGATIVE carbon footprint!

Formulation Assistance

At Biosynthetic Technologies, we believe in the importance of offering superior technical support and customer service to our clients. We work closely with our partners to understand their needs and challenges and determine the best solutions to keep your businesses running smoothly. Our extensive R&D team is here to help in the creation of tailor-made ingredients to meet your specific formulation needs.

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