Addressing the new volatile organic compound (VOC) limits established by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), Quaker Chemical Corporation has developed four new products to specifically comply with the new restrictions.

Quaker’s new corrosion preventives, FERROCOTE 26V LD and FERROCOTE 30V MD, meet both the SCAQMD VOC emissions requirement as well as the needs of customers opting to use oil or synthetic-based materials. These new Quaker products are available to customers who are not looking to change to water-based or water-dilutable products.

Quaker has also modified two of its current machining and grinding products to address the new restrictions. Two new cutting oils, QUAKERCUT 010 VES and QUAKERCUT 026 VPE, can be used without dilution and are designed to perform in various machining, tapping, grinding and drilling operations. They have been modified to preserve their performance characteristics while maintaining VOC levels less than the SCAQMD Rule 1144 requirement for this product application type.

In addition, Quaker offers existing products that have VOC levels within the acceptable limits of the new rule. They include other corrosion preventives products, machining and grinding fluids, and metal-forming lubricants.

“Quaker’s commitment to offering a wide range of fully compliant products under SCAQMD Rule 1144 remains a priority for 2012,” states Wayne McVey, Quaker’s technical manager of corrosion preventives and drawing/forming fluids. “Our goal is to develop, modify or identify existing products that meet the performance and quality standards of customers affected by the new rule.” 

SCAQMD adopted Rule 1144 on Jan. 1, 2011, which directly impacted four counties in Southern California – Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino. The rule placed restrictions on VOC emissions from the use of metalworking fluids and direct-contact lubricants at industrial facilities. More stringent restrictions were added, effective Jan. 1, 2012, that have had a significant impact on the metalworking industry in the region.

Since 2008, Quaker technology experts have been involved in validating the test method for Rule 1144, based on ASTM E1868-10, in order to develop an understanding of its impact on the metalworking industry as well as insight to develop compliant metalworking fluids. As a result, all Quaker products currently sold into the SCAQMD region meet Rule 1144 requirements.

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