»When lubricants ‘get chatty’«
In the not too distant future, it may not only be your colleagues and customers that talk to you – your lubricants might have something to say as well. This is because digitalisation is making machines and lubricants smart, and can even get them to ‘talk’. So the question is, of course: how will your company and your day-to-day life be affected?
This FUCHS blog is a gaze into the fascinating world of microbiology, one of the weapons in the battle against bacteria that spoil a cutting fluid’s properties. But also into innovative cutting fluids and their key role in making medical implants.
Being thin has its advantages, at least it does when it comes to engine oils. In this text we share our thoughts about thin oils, but also about lubricating heavy vehicles in general. Read on to find out about reduced wear, lower fuel consumption and a ‘heated garage in a can’.
Every little helps, as they say. And this is certainly true of maintenance costs. Because making many minor improvements in your lubrication maintenance adds up to major savings. These minor measures may be many, but that doesn’t mean they’re complicated. I like to sum it up into four rules of thumb, which makes it all a whole lot easier.
Cold, pressure and temperature, but also dirt, energy consumption and viscosity. When it comes to choosing a hydraulic fluid, there are many different aspects to consider. Here we provide some recommendations on efficient, economic lubrication, and hydraulics that take performance to the next level.
They’re specialists, but their potential is rarely acknowledged. They’re the lubrication technicians, key players in all preventive maintenance. The right support can boost their efforts and lead to some genuinely vital results: fewer technical problems and breakdowns.
The news is full of new electric and hybrid concepts from vehicle manufacturers. At the same time, we are hearing how cities want to ban diesel vehicles on their streets in the not too distant future. These are clear signs that the industry is changing, challenging our ideas of technology, lubrication – and also mobility. Yes, these are certainly exciting times.
There are shortcuts to higher productivity and profitability. One of them is a Plant Survey – a systematic lubrication review focusing on potential savings and efficiencies – without the need for any new investment.
Energy efficiency goes without saying in many companies – in fact it may even be a government requirement. And smarter lubrication can make a big difference. The right products and routines save energy, while also assuring the technical performance of the machinery.
Nowadays there are many environmentally adapted lubricants that offer top-level performance. These products are an everyday feature in large parts of the forestry industry, and the construction industry is going the same way. To meet demands and win new business, it is key to have the right lubricants in the hydraulics.
There are many benefits to be gained from streamlining the handling of cutting fluids, everything from fewer unplanned stoppages to a longer service life for tools and machines. Follow these tips and you’ll considerably increase your chances of keeping production at a consistent high level.
Lubricant production and science go hand in hand. Through various basic components and advanced blends, products with unique properties are created, for instance when it comes to lubricating at different temperatures. At the same time, modern oils are often closely integrated with the engineering they lubricate.
It is used in all kinds of applications. In everything from bearings and gearboxes to gear wheels and forest machines. It reduces friction, protects against corrosion and seals against water. And of course there’s the unique aspect – the fact that it stays in places where oil would simply run off. We’re talking about lubricating grease, and using it correctly!
ACEA, API and OEM requirements. It’s all about oil specifications. In other words, requirements that are important, but sometimes perceived as awkward. But it is possible to meet these requirements, while also simplifying handling and saving costs. The key to success is to put the pieces in the right place!
Winter is here. A dark, snowy, but above all cold time of year. Whatever the temperature, vehicles and machines have to work friction-free and at full capacity. To remain fully operational during really cold periods, there are various elements to consider.
The purchasing process is another area that can make a company sustainable. Developing good procedures doesn’t have to be a pain. I have long experience of purchasing and am happy to pass on a few tips. The first one is about delimitations, and deciding what’s right for your particular company.
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.
Sustainability is an important but very complex area. So how can you deal with the issue and everything it entails in a practical way? I have a few tips based around three areas – purchasing, use of lubricants, and waste – which will help you find your way through the sustainability jungle.
You may have been unfortunate enough to experience one or two machine breakdowns over the years. But did you know that the villain of the piece is often poor filtration and contaminated oil? In fact this is true in 80% of all machine breakdowns. The breakdowns can be avoided, and the solution is actually quite simple – regular oil analyses.
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Smart Lubrication is a blog from FUCHS where we share our common knowledge about lubricants and lubrication.