Written by [google_authorship] on 16th October 2020
investing in the right lubricant for your industrial applications can save your
serious money by helping to maximise your equipment’s performance and efficiency.
right lubricant for your machinery applied in the correct way, you are inviting
components to break down and require repairs which result in costly downtime
for your machines.
lubricant will optimise your operations whether you’re using pacific linear
bearings, parallel shaft gearboxes or any number of pneumatics industrial
components, so here is a quick guide to finding the right lubricant oil or
grease for your needs.
important factor in choosing the right machinery lubricant is ensuring that it
is suitable for the application it will be used for. Always check the OEM manual before applying a
lubricant to make sure you are using the correct type. Things to consider
include the temperatures generated by the application’s operations and the
materials the machinery is made of, particularly those that will come into
contact with the lubricant.
the duty cycle and the environmental conditions of applications using the likes
of pneumatics industrial components. The ambient temperatures can affect the
performance of the lubricant as well, plus any wet applications will require
the lubricant to be water resistant.
Machinery Lubricant Attributes
lubricants have different attributes which make them more suitable for certain
applications than others, and these attributes should inform your choice of
lubricant for your specific application. Some will be ideal for use with a pacific
linear bearing and others best suited for parallel shaft gearboxes.
A lubricant with
the ideal attributes will enhance the machinery’s performance, keep it running
at optimal levels for longer and prevent component breakdowns to minimise
downtime for repairs.
will consist of a blend of oil lubricant additives that
will maximise efficiency under certain conditions, including extreme
temperatures and pressures or harsh environmental conditions. Some lubricants have anti-rust properties or
the aforementioned waterproof attribute. Others will have properties that make
them especially resistant to wear and tear or corrosion.
generally two kinds of equipment lubricant, either mineral-based or synthetic. The
latter are usually formulated to last longer to minimise the amount of service
intervals required for an application and are usually more expensive than
mineral-based lubricants. Synthetic lubricants also tend to maintain their
fluidity even at cold temperatures and their viscosity under extreme environmental
conditions. Mineral-based lubricants are less expensive and are often more
compatible with seals than synthetic lubes, as well as being soluble with
Equipment Lubricant Compatibility
It is important
that you do not mix different kinds of lubricant with each other as this can
massively reduce their effectiveness. Mixing incompatible equipment lubricants
together results in cross-contamination with a loss of performance for all the
attention needs to be paid to this issue if you are using second-hand equipment
or components such as parallel shaft gearboxes. Whatever
lubricant you use must be compatible with the other lubricants used with the
application as well as with the machinery’s components and seals. Even the
residue of an incompatible lubricant will have an adverse effect on any new
lubricant used with the machine.
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