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  • Tata Steel: Launch of Prime Lubrication Treatment extends offering for high quality outer panels

    20 Jun 2017 | Trade News

    Following close cooperation with a leading chemicals supplier, Tata Steel has launched Prime Lubrication Treatment (PLT). PLT is a so-called booster lubricant, consisting of a thin coating that is applied in the galvanising line prior to applying the conventional oil layer. The combination of PLT and oil provides a superior lubrication system that improves processing of hot-dip galvanised GI steels for exposed automotive panels. It induces a lower and more stable friction during pressing and is particularly suitable to support manufacturing of panels such as fenders, doors and body sides to a high surface quality. Thereby the new advanced lubricant extends Tata Steels Serica and Full Finish premium offering for outer panels.

    The unique formulation of PLT – developed in conjunction with the Netherlands-based Coil Coating Technologies (CCT), part of the AD International group – offers an improved press performance of GI steels when compared to those treated with standard conventional oil. It enables manufacturers to move away from electro-galvanised (EG) steels towards the more cost-effective GI-coating. When compared to the common process, PLT enables a smoother pressing operation with reduced maintenance costs and therefore a higher production yield, and has been designed not to disturb subsequent manufacturing processes like resistance spot welding (RSW) and adhesive bonding.

    Consisting of a very thin, organic layer, PLT induces a lower friction coefficient that stays more stable over subsequent press cycles in comparison to GI material treated with only a standard oil. PLT is completely removed in the cleaning bath towards the end of the process, leaving no residue behind. It is a harmless, environmentally friendly substance, and it is entirely sustainable. It will initially be available for products from 0.6 – 1.0mm thick and from 900 – 1830mm wide, with plans in place to extend the width to 2020mm.

    “One of the main values of using PLT is its induced friction coefficient, which is consistently low to reduce tool wear and pollution to acceptable low levels for efficient manufacturing processes. This brings the long-cherished wish of going to 100% hot-dip galvanized material for the exposed car body panels a decisive step closer.” said Basjan Berkhout, Marketing Manager – Body in White at Tata Steel said.

    PLT is launched at the Steels in Cars and Trucks conference in June 2017.

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    Further information:

    Basjan Berkhout, Tata Steel Automotive, basjan.berkhout@tatasteel.com 
    Adam Forshaw, Torque/Automotive PR, T. +44 (0)20 7952 1082 or aforshaw@torqueagencygroup.com
    Ingo Trenkner, PR People/Automotive PR DE, T. +49 (0)201 8414 3412 or i.trenkner@pr-people.de

    About Tata Steel’s European operations

    Tata Steel is one of Europe's leading steel producers, with steelmaking in the UK and Netherlands, and manufacturing plants across Europe. The company supplies high-quality steel products to the most demanding markets, including construction, automotive, packaging, lifting & excavating, energy and aerospace. Tata Steel works with customers to develop new steel products that give them a competitive edge. The combined Tata Steel group is one of the world’s largest steel producers, with a steel capacity of more than 28 million tonnes and 75,000 employees across five continents.