Blachford supplies world-class products to the global wire drawing industry. We sell to more than 20 countries on 5 continents.
Although Blachford produces drawing lubricants for most types of wire, our top focus segments are technically advanced wire products such as welding wire, tire bead, tire cord and spring wire, where the use of a high performance wire drawing lubricant is most critical.
Blachford manufactures a line of low-dust sodium and calcium based lubricants for the same critical applications. In addition to offering significantly lower nuisance dust levels on equipment surfaces, these lubricants offer lower consumption rates, higher production speeds, and longer die life.
We also produce high performance wet wire drawing lubricants for non-ferrous wire applications such as copper and aluminum. For many of our non-ferrous wire customers, we have developed new liquid lubricants which operate at a significantly lower consumption level and provide excellent lubricity for extended die life.
In addition, Blachford manufactures grease and paste products, and liquid concentrates for emulsions, which are used in non-ferrous, ferrous, and coated-ferrous wire drawing applications. Blachford precoats are used in both batch and continuous in-line preparation of rod and wire. Our lime and borax substitutes cut costs by up to 50% while reducing environmental impact.
Lubricants For Ferrous & Alloy Wire
Blachford produces a wide variety of world-class high performance wire drawing lubricants for ferrous and alloy wire applications. For technology driven markets such as welding and tire cord, Blachford often develops new custom-designed lubricants tailored to individual applications. For more information about our products, please refer to the sub-menu.
As the market leader for welding wire lubricants, Blachford custom designs and manufactures technically advanced, world-class high performance wet and dry lubricants for improved wire drawing, feed-ability, arc-stability and surface quality. A variety of proprietary Chemdraw® products have become the standards for leading welding wire drawing companies around the world, supplying the following industries:
- Tube and pipe manufacturing
- MIG/TIG welding
- Ship building
- Furniture manufacturing
- Container manufacturing
- Engineering maintenance
- Infrastructure construction such as bridges, etc.
As the market leader for spring wire lubricants, Blachford custom designs and manufactures high performance world-class dry lubricants for improved wire drawing and surface quality. Chemdraw® S31L continues to be the industry standard dry lubricant because of its cost effective, top performing drawing capabilities for the following spring wire applications:
- Bed mattresses
- Hose springs
Tire Bead & Cord
Blachford produces high performance world-class wet and dry drawing lubricants for a major portion of tire bead and cord wire production. A variety of leading Chemdraw® products such as Chemdraw® 8550 and Chemdraw® 6195 are widely used by top wire producers in this industry due to the efficient drawing performance and excellent surface quality required for critical characteristics such as wire adhesion, etc.
Blachford produces high performance wet and dry lubricants for a large portion of the galvanized wire industry. A variety of Chemdraw® products such as Chemdraw® 228, Chemdraw® 838, and Chemdraw® 644-N provide excellent drawing performance and surface quality, and are widely used for the following galvanized wire products:
- Binding wire
- Barbed and razor wire
- Wire mesh
- Weaving wires
- Bucket handles
We produce high performance world-class wet and dry lubricants for a large portion of the PC strand market. Leading products such as Chemdraw® 7607, Chemdraw® 644-N and Chemdraw® S-31-L provide excellent drawing performance and surface quality to produce wire for manufacturing pre-stressed concrete parts for:
- Cylinder pipes
High Carbon Wire
We manufacture high quality world-class wet and dry lubricants for high carbon wire drawing. Our Chemdraw® and Caplube® products are used to draw wire for the following industries using high carbon and stainless steel wire:
- Spring manufacturers
- Medical supply industry ( hypodermic needles and stints)
- Music instrument manufacturers’ music wire
- Tire bead and cord
Low Carbon Wire
Blachford manufactures high quality wet and dry lubricants for low carbon wire drawing. Our Chemdraw® and Caplube® products are used by a significant number of low carbon wire producers to make products such as:
- Shopping carts
- Tying wire for shipping, paper manufacturer, twist ties, etc.
- Refrigerator trays, fan guards, file rings
- Display stands
Blachford manufactures high performance world-class wet and dry drawing lubricants for wire rope producers. A variety of Chemdraw® products such as Chemdraw® DX557 and Chemdraw® GS357-B are used by wire rope producers supplying the following industries:
- Flexible highway guard rails
- Cranes and hoists
- Off-shore oil exploration
We manufacture high performance wet and dry lubricants used in the production of a wide variety of fasteners using different materials. Chemdraw® and Caplube® lubricants are used in the production of many types of fasteners, such as:
- Bolts (e.g. self-drilling SMS, hex, carriage, lag, eye, hanger, shoulder, eye lags, u-bolts, j-bolts, barrel nuts)
- Screws (e.g. wood, machine, sheet metal, set, socket and mating)
Stainless Steel Wire
Blachford manufactures high performance wet and dry lubricants used in the production of a wide variety of stainless steel wire products. Chemdraw® lubricants are used by many stainless steel wire producers to make the following products:
- Springs – all types
- MIG Welding Wire
- Flux Core Welding Wire
Blachford manufactures high performance wet and dry drawing lubricants used in the production of welded mesh construction wire. A variety of our Chemdraw® products such as Chemdraw® C-46S and Chemdraw® C-68MG provide low cost, excellent drawing performance.
Other Ferrous Wire Markets
We produce a wide variety of Chemdraw wet and dry drawing lubricants for most ferrous wire applications. Examples of other ferrous markets where Chemdraw products are used are:
- Brite basic wire
- Book binding
- Wire forms
- Wire cloth
- Wool wire
- Many types of cable wire
Lubricants For Non-Ferrous Wire
Blachford manufactures many products for non-ferrous wire applications and often develops new lubricants for individual applications. For more information about our non-ferrous wire drawing products, please refer to the sub-menu.
Blachford also provides fluid recycling services for some non-ferrous customers that significantly reduces lubricant usage, disposal costs, and extends bath life. For more information and specific case studies focused on our Fluid Recycling Services, please click here.
Aluminum & Copper Wire
Blachford produces high performance wet lubricants for non-ferrous wire applications such as copper and aluminum. For many of our non-ferrous wire customers, our R&D group has developed new liquid lubricants which operate at a significantly lower consumption level and provide excellent lubricity for extended die life. A variety of our Chemdraw® products such as Chemdraw® WL1084, Chemdraw® 701, and Chemdraw® 2001 provide low cost, excellent wet drawing performance.
Wire Pre-Coats And Emulsions
Blachford manufactures grease and paste products, and liquid concentrates for emulsions used in non-ferrous, ferrous, and coated-ferrous wire drawing applications. Our emulsion products, such as Chemdraw® 990, and Blachford 100 NXX® are widely used for the weaving of fencing and other woven mesh products. Our high performance Chemdraw® XD130 paste provides excellent performance in spring wire and bright wire applications.
Blachford pre-coats are used in both batch and continuous in-line preparation of rod and wire. We manufacture lime and borax substitutes such as Chemdraw® BSS-2 carrier coating that reduce costs by up to 50% while reducing the environmental impact.
The Blachford SMART System – Lubricant Advisor Technology is a state-of-the-art wire drawing lubricant selection program that matches technically advanced Blachford Chemdraw® lubricants with wire industry needs. SMART gives our Sales and R&D staff the power to minimize or eliminate some of the risks associated with the “trial and error” part of evaluating new wire drawing lubricants.
How SMART Works
The customer’s wire drawing and lubrication systems information is entered into the SMART System. SMART then searches for the best possible Blachford Chemdraw® lubricants based on real world data from similar applications and our understanding of current and new lubricant technologies.
This highly effective, proprietary tool was developed by Blachford R&D and Applications Experts and is supported by many years of field applications experience and data collection. All field information entered into SMART by our R&D or Sales teams is treated as strictly confidential.
Where can SMART be Used
The Blachford SMART system can benefit a wide range of wire drawing companies such as (but not limited to):
- Welding wire
- Spring wire
- Tire bead
- Tire cord
- Stainless steel wire
- Galvanized wire
How SMART can Save Money
SMART provides the option to simulate a customer’s work conditions prior to evaluating lubricants in their processes. By changing selected working parameters such as die material, drawing speed or lubricant applicator, SMART may advise a different lubricant that will help to improve profitability through improved wire drawing performance or lower cost. Reducing or eliminating the trial stage of any lubricant change, can save time, material, maintenance, and waste disposal, as well as reduce production risks.