Oil Free Stamping Lubricants


Oil Free Stamping Lubricants
IRMCO FLUIDS® high performance stamping lubricants are oil-free alternatives to oil and/or animal fat-based and pigmented paste lubricants. Exhaustively tested in laboratory and field production processes, IRMCO FLUIDS have demonstrated the ability to replace chlorinated and other, conventional, straight and emulsifiable oil-based stamping lubricants in severe stamping and forming processes.

OPTIMIZED APPLICATION: IRMCO FLUIDS provide a highly protective and lubricious micro-layer of lubricating film during demanding stamping and forming applications. This attribute translates to lower volumes of lubricant required to protect tooling and production parts – optimizing process economy and efficiency. IRMCO FLUIDS are easily applied via conventional roller and spray applicators and form stable, true solutions in water. Being water based, IRMCO FLUIDS are miscible in all dilutions, mixing easily with chemical proportioning pumps.

REDUCED TOOLING COST & DOWN TIME: IRMCO FLUIDS provide optimal protection for tooling surfaces and parts – reducing wear and downtime related to maintenance. The improvements to tool life result in increased efficiencies and line speeds.

CLEAN RUNNING: As IRMCO FLUIDS do not contain oil – they offer improved part cleanliness and weld-through capability over straight oil and emulsifiable oil based chemistries and pigmented emulsions. In many instances, pretreatment process bath life can be increased over oil-based lubricants and cleaning temperatures can be reduced – saving energy and improving safety.

FINISHING PROCESS COMPATIBLE: The lower loading characteristic of IRMCO stamping fluids in pretreatment baths reduces sludge and scale formation compared to oil containing stamping fluids. Less scale and sludge formation extends pump and heat exchanger life and reduces maintenance associated with “boil-outs” and blocked spray nozzles. Additionally; less temperature is needed to remove IRMCO fluids from surfaces – making IRMCO fluids more compatible with transition metal coating (TMC) processes and low-temperature or conventional iron and zinc phosphates. IRMCO fluids are very compatible with aqueous immersion, spray and ultrasonic cleaning. Automotive e-coat, powder paint and porcelain enameling surface pretreatment processes can all be optimized using IRMCO stamping fluids.


080-SERIES: medium to heavy duty drawing and stamping of mild steels and aluminum. Primary product group recommended for aluminum stamping/forming.

090-SERIES: medium to heavy duty drawing and stamping of mild steels and aluminum. Primary substrates are ferrous.

146-SERIES: heavy duty drawing and stamping of mild and high strength steels. Some products are compatible with galvannealed steel and stainless steels.

313-SERIES: medium to heavy duty drawing and stamping of mild steels and zinc coated (galvanized and galvannealed) steels. This group of products was developed for use on zinc-coated steels.

323-SERIES: economical, light to medium duty drawing and stamping of mild steels and some high strength steels.

536-SERIES: medium to severe duty drawing and stamping fluids – heavily fortified with EP additives. Excellent for stainless, mild and high strength steels.


All IRMCO stamping fluids can be applied manually or via automated roller and spray applicators. Great success has been achieved using UNIST® and Industrial Innovations’ SPRAY-RITE® applicators.

HYDROBLEND® and “venturi-type” proportioning mixers are effective ways to control blending of IRMCO FLUIDS for use in the field.