Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Shell Supplies Lubricants For Ferrari Production

Shell provides Ferrari with more than 250,000l of fuel and over 40,000 tonnes of lubricants to enable its automotive production each year. This includes a range of metalworking fluids that offer protection and efficiency during machining and finishing. Ferrari currently uses three Shell fluids in its new machining area, which finishes various engine parts. All of the Shell fluids are water-miscible cutting fluids and include Shell Adrana D 208 and Shell Sitala CE 3602, which are both semi-synthetic, mineral-based fluids.

The third fluid is a mineral-free, fully ester-based fluid, Shell Sitala AF 800 and has been specifically developed to machine a range of aluminium alloys. Shell uses a development process to identify operational requirements known as 4D and develop high-performance lubricants that offer optimum performance during machining. This approach is designed to ensure that fluids are developed to machine a range of metals - hard and soft - and to perform in extreme temperatures. Shell Sitala AF 800 is an amine- and boron-free fluid and was introduced as an improvement on previous mineral-based products.

It consistently delivers higher tool performance through longer tool life and better piece surface finish. Shell Adrana D 208, with high cleanliness properties, is used for shaft grinding and Shell Sitala CE 3602 is employed in severe steel-cutting/drilling/threading operations. All products are designed to deliver maximum machinery performance. In addition to providing metalworking fluids, Shell provides Ferrari with onsite expertise to help maximise fluid performance and operational efficiency.

Sinol, a Torino-based subsidiary of Shell Lubricants that specialises in metalworking fluids, provides a Product Plus Service arrangement. This covers fluid-stock management and application management, including filling and topping up of equipment, as well as analysing, cleaning and, if required, treating of lubricants and equipment. Concentration, pH, alkalinity, microbiological contamination and bacteria levels are checked to ensure fluids continue to deliver superior protection during machining and finishing.

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