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Did you know…? Tips for smarter lubrication

More efficient, simpler, cheaper, or just better generally. In this blog we offer some useful tips on technology, lubrication procedures and products. We call it ‘Did you know…?’, and one thing all the tips have in common is that they pave the way for smarter lubrication.


…THAT TEMPERATURE RISES MEAN MORE FREQUENT LUBRICATION INTERVALS. In operating temperatures of over 70°C, a temperature rise of 15°C means you have to lubricate twice as often. This means more work, but also rising costs as more lubricant is used.

…IT’S IMPORTANT TO CHECK WHAT GLYCOL THE ENGINE NEEDS. There are products in all the colours of the rainbow, and using the wrong one can be costly. Not all types are miscible. This can lead to clogged cooling systems, higher corrosion, leakage or engine breakdowns. Check the vehicle’s instruction manual, or use our online tool.

…GREASE WITH A WIDE RANGE OF APPLICATIONS MAKE LIFE SIMPLER. Often, several products are used to cover your needs, but by choosing one product that adapts to the application you have a lot to gain – in terms of cutting both time and costs. New generation greases are based on polymers, are acid and alkali resistant, and will not rinse away. Many advantages, in other words. Please contact us to find out more.

…SYNTHETIC OIL IS MORE EXPENSIVE TO BUY, BUT IS STILL A PROFITABLE CHOICE. Synthetic oil means lower friction between machine parts, and less material stress. This increases the service life of your components. Moreover, the drain interval is longer. So this means less handling, and also lower maintenance costs.

…OVER-LUBRICATION CAUSES MANY CASES OF BEARING FAILURE. Research shows that between 30% and 40% of such failure is linked to over-lubrication. To avoid this, it is vital to use the right amount of lubricant, and to lubricate at the right time. More is not better; on the contrary, over-lubricating can cause problems. The temperature increases, greases age and become thicker, and this puts a strain on the engineering. Also, make sure the pressure in the grease gun is not too high. This can damage seals, lead to leakage which causes corrosion, it wears components and increases the risk of breakdown.

…THE RIGHT LUBRICANT CAN REDUCE ENERGY LOSS. In a bearing on a turbine, energy loss can be reduced by 20%. And when the efficiency increases, so too does the number of kilowatt hours produced, thus improving profitability. In fact, investments in efficiency-raising turbine oil can pay back even in the first year. By using an oil with a long life – up to 10 years – it is also possible to make savings on maintenance. Needless to say these turbine oils are biodegradable, so that any leakage will not damage sensitive water areas.

…FULLY SYNTHETIC OILS REDUCE ENGINE WEAR ON COLD STARTS, i.e. compared to mineral oils which thicken at low temperatures and lose a lot of their ability to lubricate around the engine. This leads to a rise in pressure and temperature, while the stress on the oil pump and other parts increases. A fully synthetic oil, on the other hand, has lower viscosity, flows better and retains its lubricity also in very low temperatures of down to -30°C.

…ALSO LUBRICANTS CAN RAISE THE ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE OF SAWMILLS. Such industries sometimes undergo environmental assessments, during which they should ideally show environmental improvements. Changing to eco-friendly products could be one way of showing such improvements, especially since sawmills use a lot of lubricant in their hydraulic equipment, conveyors and other machinery. Needless to say, the eco-friendly products are biodegradable.

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Smart Lubrication

Smart Lubrication is a blog from FUCHS where we share our common knowledge about lubricants and lubrication.

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