IRMCO GEL 20 Year Anniversary

Imagine a time when machine operators needed to wear a rain slicker and equipment needed to sit on a 3” deep collection pan full of lubricant.  It was 1997 and the typical mandrel tube bending shop.  That was the tube bending universe before IRMCO invented the worlds first Gel bending lubricant.

20 years has passed and IRMCO® continues to innovate the lubricant segment they themselves invented.  Before IRMCO GEL®, liquid lubricants were commonplace in mandrel bending.  Applied to the inside of tubing, liquid lubricants would fling out of the tube landing on operators and the floor.  Waterproof clothing and catch pans were the best protection.

In 1997, IRMCO® suggested a different, root cause approach to those messy floors.  Why not just stop using liquid lubricants?  But back in 1997 that meant using hard to clean paste products or greases.  A new technology needed to be created.  A few years earlier, IRMCO® had already invented the world’s very first non-oil stamping lubricant.  Why not borrow from that technology and turn it into a GEL? A simple, elegant solution.  How come no one else thought of that?

Many imitators have unsuccessfully tried to keep up. Following up IRMCO GEL® with IRMCO EXTREME®, IRMCO® continues to develop new best of class bending lubricants and application methods.

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