Many of the machine and metal working lubricants used to date are petroleum based and mixed with a certain percentage of water to minimize friction, which is the heat created by the motion of the machine. There is actually very little lubrication going on at all. It is the combination of petroleum-based chemicals with the water that creates an extra-slippery coating and cools the heat from the friction. There are other options for industrial lubrication which use different materials with less waste, greater efficiency, and a lower cost overall. These novel compounds barely leave any waste behind either so clean up can be easier.
The way it is done is with microscopic beads of natural oils. In fact, they are organic oils posing no toxicity at all. The small particle size allows for maximum lubrication for machining and metal making. Literally 99.9% of this kind of industrial lubricant is burned up during the process, so the clean up is definitely minimal and there are no petroleum fumes to be concerned with. With metal cutting, this method of lubrication works out every time according to the template presented. With machining, you will find lower production of heat due to genuine lubrication instead of just water cooling.
As trends in manufacturing move forward, you can be assured that your competition will be using these advanced lubricants to improve and increase production as well as quality. You would do well to get on board and try some of these interesting industrial lubricants out for a change. The drop in mess and hazards alone is enough to show you how efficient they are. Cooler temperatures will be attained so more work can be done. Plus, the lack of cleanup does save employee hours and frustration at the same time as providing no toxic run off.