New partnership sees ROCOL support manufacturing innovation

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Industrial lubricants and site safety specialist ROCOL has announced a collaboration with the University of Strathclyde’s’ Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) that will see the ROCOL team share world-leading technology and knowledge to shape the developments of new products for industry.

Part of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), the AFRC is a globally-recognised centre of excellence in innovative manufacturing technologies, R&D, and metal forming and forging research.

The collaboration with AFRC will see ROCOL products used on the latest cutting and forming machines, as well as giving the AFRC team access to the ROCOL laboratory and scientists to create process-specific cutting fluids and lubricants.

Ian Fenney, Metalworking Segment Specialist at ROCOL says, “We developed a strong relationship with the AFRC machining and additive team at the Machining Scotland Conference in August last year and we are delighted to become members.

“As well as giving us a platform to showcase ROCOL metalworking products and services to other industry specialists, this partnership will provide opportunities for us to share the scientific and technical expertise within our team and work with other experts in their field to help solve some of the manufacturing industry challenges that lie ahead. We’re very much looking forward to collaborating with other members on these projects.”

Crawford Cullen, Senior Manufacturing Engineer, Machining and Additive Manufacturing Team at the AFRC said: “Despite the challenging circumstances brought upon us by Covid-19 it is fantastic to have ROCOL join us and use the company’s world-class lubricants and fluids on the latest cutting and forming machines. Working with the team will give us access to the laboratory and scientists to create bespoke solutions.

“ROCOL’s membership reflects the diverse range of activity the centre is involved in across the UK’s manufacturing sector, highlighting the ways in which the AFRC, as part of the wider NMIS group, helps companies of all shapes and sizes.”

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