Paying due attention to your lubrication processes from selection to application can provide numerous benefits. Selecting the right lubricants for your equipment can play a key role in achieving lubrication excellence. Low maintenance costs, equipment reliability, and increased productivity are major reasons why you should work towards implementing the right lubrication practices in your facility.
The core function of lubricants is to reduce friction and wear; lubricants provide a protective film that separates two moving surfaces reducing the impact of friction and improving the overall equipment efficiency. Apart from this, lubricants also maintain temperature and internal cleanliness, prevent corrosion, transfer energy, and cushion the mechanical shock. There are various types of lubricants used depending on their formulation and constituents. There are also various factors you should consider while selecting lubricants for your equipment.
Industrial lubricant suppliers have been striving to produce specialty lubricants made to address unique requirements of industrial applications. Lubricants must meet some general requirements such as protecting the equipment against corrosion and wear and tear. However, depending on production processes and operating conditions in your facility, lubricants have to deliver a number of additional properties.
Factors that influence the selection of right industrial lubricants
Base oil viscosity is the prime requirement for selecting the right lubricant. In order to select the appropriate viscosity, your lubrication supplier must consider the following factors:
- Load and the environmental conditions
- Operating speed
- Industry standards
- Specific type of friction
When it comes to sliding friction, it is a good idea to use PAG oil lubricants. However, these lubricants are not ideal for rolling friction as PAO oils are appropriate for rolling friction. Likewise, PFPE lubricants are generally used for extremely high temperatures.
Much has been said about whether or not synthetic lubricants are better than conventional mineral-based lubricants. However, it is not about whether a synthetic oil is any better than the mineral-based lubricant, rather, you should choose the oil which provides the best overall combination of performance properties for your application.
Buying cheap lubricants in order to save money is never a good choice. For example, buying cheap grease will only lead to increased equipment failure and downtime. Lost profits and reduced productivity are likely to be the outcome when you use cheap lubricants to maintain your critical equipment. If you want to reduce maintenance costs and extend the life of your equipment, it is always recommended to use high-quality lubricants no matter the price.
When your supplier makes a lubrication recommendation for a particular application and the application is successful, it is not advisable to use the same lubricant for different applications or environments.
About Micro Lube
Micro Lube is a leading maintenance company in Edmonton. We provide high-quality lubrication and equipment maintenance support to numerous industries. If you are not sure what lubricant would be ideal for your application, feel free to contact us. We will be happy to carry out an on-site inspection and make recommendations based on your unique environment. Give us a call today.