High Performance Industrial Machine Lubricants
If you have been reading or watching the news, you know green initiatives are taking place everywhere. Biofuels, wind energy and renewable fibers are just a few of the environmental initiatives making headlines. For the past several years, the lubricants industry has been quitely looking into eco-friendly, readily biodegradable and non-toxic fluids.
Substantial differences exist between conventional, and specialty lubricants, even when the viscometric
properties are similar. Measurement and interpretation of the differences is not always easy. Differences in the expected longevity, rate of deposit formation, film strength and wear resistance are common points of interest for comparison sake.
Our ability to measure surface asperities with far greater precision is extending component lifecycles.
Nanotechnology offers great promise for tribology through the science and art of corrosion and friction control. This article features case studies about using metal treatment to reduce surface roughness and friction and extend component lifecycles after the machine has ben placed into operation.
So, how does one determine when it is switch to a high performance ‘specialty’ lubricant? For the organization that is intent on improving profitably, the answer need be no more complex than whenever the product may be used to make money.