Tata Steel PLTPrime Lubrication Treatment (PLT) a booster lubricant, has been launched by Tata Steel. Developed in conjunction with the Netherlands-based Coil Coating Technologies (CCT) the company says PLT offers improved press performance of GI steels when compared to those treated with standard conventional oil, and enables manufacturers to move away from electro-galvanised steels towards the more cost-effective GI-coating.

It’s claimed PLT enables a smoother pressing operation with reduced maintenance costs and higher production yield, and has been designed not to disturb subsequent manufacturing processes like resistance spot welding and adhesive bonding. It will initially be available for products from 0.6 – 1.0mm thick and from 900 – 1,830mm wide, with plans in place to extend the width to 2,020mm.