It is often reported that industrial gears are not ran in clean, cool and dry environments. Conditions in a gear-driven operational environment such as manufacturing plants, steel mills, and other heavy industrial applications can have a major impact on the operational efficiency of the equipment. Selecting the right lubricant is one of the challenges maintenance teams face in strenuous industrial environments.
There are contaminants such as water which can compromise a gear system even when you have a sound maintenance program in place. The gear-driven industrial equipment and the lubrication systems must be effective enough to withstand the harsh corrosive environment which causes increased consumption of essential gear oil additives. If your priorities are higher performance, increased productivity, and less downtime, keep your equipment up and running by using recommended lubricants and oil filtration systems.
It is important to consider that today’s gearboxes are smaller and made from relatively lighter materials. The smaller and lighter equipment is designed to produce more power and be more dependable than before. However, it also leads to higher temperatures and rapid oxidation.
Selecting the right oil
In order to stay competitive and survive in a demanding market, it is crucial to use industrial gear oils that offer a high-performance additive solution. Simply put, it is imperative to select the right oil and keep it vigorous and thermally stable so that it performs better and lasts longer while effectively carrying away contaminants and heat. There are a number of factors that must be considered when selecting industrial gear oil that will deliver optimum performance.
In order to select the right lubricant for a gear set, you must consider the selection criteria: viscosity, additives, and base oil type. While viscosity is the most important characteristics of a lubricating oil, additives play a key role in determining the lubricant’s type and its impact on key performance properties. Moreover, the operating conditions and gear type determine the type of base oil.
Studying the recommendations in your equipment maintenance manual will make things easier for you. For example, the manual makes it easy for you to choose an appropriate viscosity grade. In the absence of manuals, your maintenance experts have to understand the technique to make the right viscosity selection.
While variations are countless, we can divide gear lubricants into three categories. Anti Scuff, R & O, and compounded. The operating conditions play a decisive role in selecting the right gear lubricant. There are no standard guidelines a company can follow to streamline their lubrication selection process. Understand your industrial environment and select the lubrication solutions that fit your operating conditions.
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