By Dan Lemke
from a recent article in an AURI newsletter: Cortec Corporation
has been a worldwide leader in supplying environmentally conscious
companies with products that work. Cortec is avidly pursuing the
utilization of biodegradable vegetable oils, such as soybean derivatives.
The company's scientists recently completed tests using soy methyl
esters as ingredients in several products cutting oils, lubricants,
protectants and cleaners. AURI and the Minnesota Soybean Research
and Promotion Council helped fund the research.
the study, completed in January, were encouraging. Our Ecoline
Soya-based products provided good lubricity and biodegradability,
says chemist Rita Kharshan, manager of research and development.
The biodegradability allows us to replace mineral oils with
soy, adds Art Ahlbrecht, vice president of research and development.
Mineral oils are difficult to dispose of and every manufacturing
company is worried about what goes out of their plant.