Choose an oil with the best properties, especially its viscosity.
Oil with a lower viscosity is easier to diffuse in the hydraulic system, reducing pressure drop and saving money.
Many choose a high viscosity oil out of habit. However, a little bit of rethinking will dramatically improve lubrication and reduce costs.
Did you know that over-lubrication can lead to bearing failure?
Feedback shows that between 30% and 40% of bearing failures are linked to over-lubrication.
To avoid this, it is essential to use the right amount of lubricant at the right time.
The "more" is the enemy of the "better". Too much lubricant will cause the temperature to rise, the fats will age faster and become thicker, straining the application.
Also make sure that the pressure in the grease gun is not too high. This can cause jerking, damage to seals and lead to leaks which will cause corrosion and also increase the risk of failure.
It’s largely about method and good order. Careful cleaning, correct storage and regular checks are all key parts of a successful process. Putting a bit of thought into things beforehand reduces the risk of contaminants and operational stoppages, while also extending the life of your lubricants, engines and machinery. Please feel free to use our checklist, which will help you optimise your lubricant maintenance.
In beer production, there is always a risk that tiny amounts of lubricant end up in the beer. That’s why it’s always important to use lubricants that are approved for contact with foods – but even food-approved lubricants can affect the head on a beer when you pour it. When we develop lubricants for beer production, we therefore conduct rigorous foam tests. We test the height of the head, and how long it takes for it to shrink to half the size. We then compare the results to a reference sample. The highest level, Good, is the only head we accept as the crowning glory. With roots in Germany, anything less would be a crime.
Most people realise that biodegradable products have less of an environmental impact in the event of a spill or leak. But not everyone knows that many environmentally adapted hydraulic oils also offer better technical properties than the ones based on mineral oils. They have a longer life span. They are better at separating air and water. They can handle a wider temperature range. And they have better solubility, which means you avoid problems with varnish.
Did you know that changing from mineral to synthetic oil can save energy, money and the environment?
There is much to be gained by choosing the right type of lubricant. In fact, the gains could be huge if you change your mineral oil for a fully synthetic lubricating oil. Let’s look at an example: If you have 80 gears, with an average output of 35 kW and an operating time of 8,000 hours – you could save as much as € 12,280. Every year. This is due to less energy loss and less work input. At the same time, you reduce your CO2 emissions by over 10,000 kg a year. So for once, it’s actually very easy to do the right thing.