4 important factors to consider when choosing a lubricant

Since industrial lubricants come in many forms and formulations, choosing the right one could seem to be a complex task. Here are some factors to consider when choosing the right lubricant.

But first, let’s see why is so important that we include them in your engines.

Continuous improvements and developments in the field of work equipment and machinery are reflected in the increase of efficiency and quality of production. Due to the growth in productivity, the operating speeds and loads are increasing, but the units are becoming smaller. This requires the use of higher quality lubricants.

What is the purpose of the lubricant?

Industrial lubricants can improve the performance of work equipment, which in turn affects their longer service life. Their task is to reduce friction at the contact of different surfaces, the transfer of forces, heat energy and particles. That is why is so important the accurate selection of the right lubricants for your equipment.

What is the purpose of the lubricant

Which lubricant is the best for my engine?

The factors you may consider when choosing a lubricant:

1.  Identification of tribological system

Before you search the proper lubricant, you have to identify the tribological system of your equipment. This includes the type of movement, speed, temperature, load and operating environment. Each chemistry of lubricant has its advantages and disadvantages; therefore, it is crucial to select the most appropriate ones to meet the parameters of its tribological system. Select a lubricant that has clear indications on how they are designed to perform and under what circumstances.

2. General or Synthetic Lubricants

The difference between general and synthetic lubricants is within the lubricating agent. General greases contain a petroleum-based product, like oil. Synthetic greases use a synthetic lubricant, like silicone.

If you want to lubricate the equipment just once or a few times consider the synthetic version. Synthetic lubricants generally provide superior mechanical and chemical properties to those found in traditional mineral oils.

If you lubricate the equipment regularly, it is not necessary to use synthetic lubricants since they last for a longer period. In this case, the general lubricant will satisfy basic performance standards.

2.	General or Synthetic Lubricants
 
3. Usability

The technique for application of lubricant relies upon your specific equipment. For some situations, like an easily accessible hinge, a spray lubricant may suffice. Grease can easily be applied by hand to an accessible gearbox. However, for hard-to-reach locations, an applicator is a great option.

4. Cost

Choosing one lubricant over another just because it is cheaper is never a good choice. If you spent a few million on a new engine, investing a bit more for a high-quality lubricant to maintain the critical parts, should not be an issue. Do a simple calculation of all the repairs or replacement of machine, loss of product due to halted production or contamination that could be the cause of cheap lubricant. In the end, its use means that the machine will function better and longer.

All products in our sales program of industrial lubricants meet the most demanding technical and ecological standards.

Contact us to learn more about how we can help keep your machines running.

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