Industrial lubricants form the backbone of any industry. They help in efficient working, thereby aiding the business to prosper. But, is any industrial lubricant sufficient for your company?
It’s a big NO from us. Low-quality lubricants may ruin your machinery. Here is what not buying from the right fuel suppliers can result in.
The composition and viscosity of lubricants is an essential factor. With low-class materials, there is a different combination formed. It is unsuitable for your assets. These may ruin them and also void the warranty. The manufacturers recommend a specific
industrial lubricant due to its viscosity, and using any other one may hamper the warranty policies.
As stated earlier, it is the composition of industrial lubricants that makes your machinery work efficiently. Not all the oils you see are created equal. The wrong ones, when used with the assets, may lead to leakage or even complete failures. The improper lubricants may expand or shrink the seals.
A wrong lubricant may also be contaminated. It can cause premature bearing failure that may harm the entire machinery. Not only that, but it might even get tricky to remove and clean the contaminated zone.
The right fuel suppliers may want to ask a few questions before providing the best industrial lubricants. They will first determine whether to buy a general-purpose or synthetic lubricant.
The general purpose industrial lubricants a contain mineral oil distillates that are derived from crude oils. These are purchased when the equipment needs to be lubricated regularly.
The key ingredients are-
Grease-Mix of base oil and soap
Oil- 95% mineral oil and the rest is additives
Wax- It has water, emulsifying agents, and hydrocarbons.
Paste- There is lubricant particles, base oil, and additives.
The synthetic lubricants prove to be beneficial when you want it to last long without touch-ups in between. These are produced artificially, hence are superior in performance.
The most common solutions used for making synthetic lubricants are polyalphaolefins(PAOs) and synthetic esters.
Viscosity is the resistance to flow. High viscosity industrial lubricant is thick and shall not flow, while the ones with low viscosity may resemble water that flows freely.
The VI, or viscosity index, is the measure of how the viscosity changes with the temperatures. The viscosity is inversely proportional to the temperature, i.e., as the temperature increase, viscosity decreases, and vice-versa.
The lubricant must have oxidation stability to avoid varnish and sludge. The reaction happens when water and acids come in contact with lubricants.
When machinery works in a cold environment, its viscosity increases, resisting the flow. The pour point is the lowest temperature at which the oil will flow consistently.
Petroleum-based lubricants contain dissolved wax that separates in cold environments. Cloud point is the temperature when the wax separates and forms crystals. It is important to map as the crystals may clog small openings.
Some oils or lubricants are said to have higher oiliness that allows them to sneak efficiently and reduce friction in the engine even in harsh temperatures.
The flash point is the temperature when a lubricant will ignite and shall mix with the air but shall not flame.
Signature Trading is determined to provide its customers with world-class industrial lubricants that help your machinery work efficiently and last longer. Contact us with any of your queries and lubricant needs.