Monday, August 3, 2015

How to Choose the Right Industrial Lubricant

To increase productivity and reduce downtime, plant managers naturally want their machinery and equipment operating at peak performance. However, many managers fail to see the importance of the proper type of lubrication for their operations. As a plant manager, you need to be aware that one the most effective ways for you to achieve ideal performance levels is by simply having the right lubricant for the right application.

General Purpose or Synthetic?

Industrial lubricant options can be sorted into two general categories, namely: general purpose and synthetic specialty lubricants. Making the choice between the two depends on whether your equipment needs to be lubricated at regular intervals, or if it needs to be lubricated “for life”.

Synthetic lubricants are often recommended if an equipment needs to be lubricated “for life”. These offer manufacturers numerous benefits, including improved efficiency, reduced friction and wear, better resistance to oil sludge problems, and decreased evaporative loss.

Factors to Consider

Base oil viscosity is the primary consideration when selecting the proper lubricant. To compute for your machine’s base oil viscosity, certain details must be gathered, including your machine’s operating speed, load, type of friction, environmental conditions, and industry standards. Lubricants like PAO (polyalphaolefin) oils are recommended for rolling friction, while PAG (polyalkylene glycol) oils are ideal for sliding friction. Machinery operating in extremely high temperatures, meanwhile, could do better with silicon and PFPE (perfluoropolyether) lubricants.


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