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Form-Rite FS XL from Penrite is a fully synthetic, oil-free pressing and forming lubricant that is suitable for applications including automotive and white-goods manufacture. It offers the ability to protect tooling with up to 50 per cent less lubricant and less wastage during application.

Parts can be washed clean in water, eliminating the need for a complex wash system and reducing energy consumption from high-temperature wash baths. Form-Rite FS XL’s dilution is tailored to customers’ applications, allowing inventory to be reduced as one product can be used for a range of jobs.

The lubricant is based on a combination of completely water-soluble additives. There is no mineral-oil-based material in the product, guaranteeing a clean and safe working environment.

The product contains a polymer lubricity package that is said to outperform all traditional forming lubricant additives such as chlorine, sulphur and phosphorous.

Key information


  • No oil mist
  • No need for extraction
  • Non-flammable
  • No odour issues around the plant
  • No oily mess on the floor
  • Non-hazardous

Recommended usage

  • Three per cent dilution for fin stamping ops
  • Five to 10 per cent for fine blanking
  • Approximately 50 per cent for multi-stage, deep drawing
  • Higher concentrations or neat for very tough applications

 Application examples

  • Fire extinguisher housings: reverse draw on 2mm-thick steel replacing chlorine-/sulphur-based neat oil. Roller applied neat
  • Automotive components: various automotive parts in steel for major manufacturers. Various dilutions from five to 50 per cent. Used in automatic applicator systems and roller-applied and spray systems. Components manufactured include many pressed chassis parts, petrol filler caps and heat shields. Metals include steel and aluminium and can be up to 2mm thick
  • Exhaust system components: 1.5mm-thick stainless steel. Single draw to a depth of 70mm. Replaced chlorinated/fatty 35cst neat oil. Spray applied, 50 per cent dilution
  • White-goods manufacture: manufacturing a variety of cooker components. 2–3mm-thick steel. Product has been successfully trialled at 50 per cent dilution. Roller applied. Also manufacturing component parts for white goods. Formed components successfully at five to 10 per cent concentration
  • Aluminium cooking trays: roller applied at 10 per cent concentration for the manufacture of aluminium cooking utensils
  • Stainless steel sinks: roller applied at 50 per cent concentration to form stainless steel sinks
  • Corrugated roofing: successfully trialled on the manufacture of galvanised corrugated roofing at 10 per cent concentration. Flood applied and pooled on the surface of the corrugated roof

Penrite Oil Co

From small beginnings in 1926, Les Morcoles founded Penrite Oil Company, soon purchasing his first factory in Melbourne, manufacturing high-quality lubricants from Pennsylvania base stocks, regarded at the time as the best in the world.

In 1979, due to ill health, Les sold the company to John Dymond, Lubrizol’s Australian national sales manager, a mechanical engineer by trade and a car enthusiast at heart, who rapidly expanded the Penrite range of products.

John’s technical background and commitment to quality ensured that Penrite continued to produce the best possible product for every application and this philosophy, implemented by John in 1979, remains a core value of the company to this day.

Penrite’s metalworking fluids (the Rite range) are no exception, providing peace of mind and sublime performance to engineers globally.

The Penrite Oil Company remains proudly family owned. The company’s growth from Australia and New Zealand into the Pacific rim and the US now includes the UK, Europe and Africa, where passion of Penrite’s employees maintains the same commitment to quality of product and service that first began back in 1926.

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