Investigation of the Effects of Lubricant Fat Content on Drawn Copper Wires.

Chiduwa, A.C. (2013) Investigation of the Effects of Lubricant Fat Content on Drawn Copper Wires.

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Presented as part of SAIIE25 Proceedings, 9th ? 11th of July 2013, Stellenbosch, South Africa ? 2013 SAIIE.,The Lean Manufacturing goal of reducing waste and increasing productivity has made it a necessity to produce good quality products in manufacturing industries at a low cost. In the cable manufacturing companies this can be achieved by optimising the wire drawing process. One way to meet the desired quality of the drawn wires is to improve lubricant efficiency through installation of an automatic, continuous lubricant fat content control system on the drawing machine. The paper shows a method of finding the optimum lubricant concentration for producing good quality copper wires using Taguchi experiments. Taguchi experiments are employed to analyse the effects of different lubricant fat content levels on the tensile strength and lubricant temperature. The results from the experiments indicated that the tensile strength of the wire is affected by low lubricant fat content. The lower the lubricant fat content: the lower the tensile strength drawing lubricant resulting in numerous wire breakages that affect the quality of the final product, namely the cable.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lubricant Fat,Drawn Copper Wires,Taguchi experiments
Divisions: Universities > State Universities > National University of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Mr. Edmore Sibanda
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2015 07:59
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2015 07:59

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