Basic Information On Friction Modifiers

The primary objective of a lubricant is to minimize friction between two or more surfaces of mechanical components. The term lubricity describes the ability of the lubricant to reduce friction. There are many instances where the base oil in the industrial grease or oil may not have the most suitable lubricity and simply adding more lubricant will not fix the issue. The friction modifiers are added to lubricants to alter the lubricity of the base oil, thereby meeting the demand of the application.

bearing-grease-high-speedFriction modifiers are compounds that change the coefficient of friction of lubrication products. In other words, these substances change the amount of power required to allow two or more surfaces to move past one another. There are friction modifying compounds. Some friction modifiers increase lubricity to improve efficiency. Others reduced lubricity to give mechanical components improved traction.

Decreasing the friction within a combustion engine enable parts to move more efficiently. This improves fuel economy. In transmissions, the role of the friction modifier is to increase friction as to protect against slippage when shifting gears.

There are lots of lubrication applications in which a specific quantity of traction is required for devices to run effectively. The friction modifiers employed in these applications are not intended to enhance or reduce friction but to cause the lubricant to act differently depending on the shear conditions.

Applying Industrial Grease

Precision is very important when applying industrial grease. Too much grease volume can cause problems like high operating temperatures, seal ruptures and collapsed shields of bearings. This can also increase energy consumption and mechanical failures. Too little lubricant and bearing components wear out very quickly and eventually lead to failure.

Industrial GreasesThe grease guns are the unsung heroes of industrial grease application. These tools make it possible to apply precise amount of grease and deliver the lubricant to hard-to-reach lubrication points. Using a grease  gun is very straightforward. However, one must still pay attention to safety guidelines when using a grease gun to avoid injuries.

There are 4 main types of grease guns: manual, battery-operated, electric, and air-powered.  Manual grease guns are the most commonly used type of grease guns. These are affordable and are easy to maintain. Manual grease guns include pistol-grip models that are easy to hold. These grease guns can produce pressures up to around 10,000 kPa.

Also known as pneumatic grease guns, the air-powered grease guns rely on compressed air to force out the grease and into the lube point. The electric grease guns are used as an alternative to pneumatic variants and creates a consistent flow of grease. A corded electric grease gun is not ideal for applications that requires moving from one are to another.

The battery-operated grease guns perform similarly to an electric grease gun but are more handy. These can speed up lubrication applications and help minimize fatigue to lube technicians.

Onsite Lubricant Testing

One interesting discussion about lubrication is the importance of onsite lubricant testing. Some say that the cost for setting up an onsite testing laboratory is too costly and impractical. There are others who argue that the benefits of the onsite testing of lubricant far outweighs the high cost.

An onsite lubricant testing laboratory provides quick turn around on samples. This allows for early detection of problems. A problem can be remedied the same day as the testing. This minimizes down time and helps prevent damage to equipment components. More serious problem or damage can occur if the equipment was allowed to operate while waiting for the results of an external laboratory.

An onsite laboratory is also a very advantageous for correcting problems. It allows for an instant verification of the status of the equipment after a repair or routine maintenance. A good example of the benefit of an onsite laboratory during replacement of filter. It is possible to track the performance of the new filter just a few hours after it was installed.

The benefits of onsite testing makes it very compelling for an operation to have its own laboratory. Still, there are many things to consider before pulling the trigger on such decision. Aside from needing the proper testing equipment, trained personnel are also required. The price of the equipment and manpower can be too expensive for non-large scale operations.

Lubrication experts offer an alternative. Instead of having an onsite laboratory, simple testing kits are used. These kits are not capable of providing detailed data on lubricant quality. They can, however, serve as early warning tools that helps prevent detect and prevent serious problems.

Top 5 Motor Oil Products For Your Car

Motor oil is very important in order for your car to operate safely and effectively. How important is motor oil in the everyday operation of your vehicle? Without proper lubrication and cooling from motor oil your car’s engine will quickly overheat and spark causing damage to your engine and vehicle. This article will describe some of the characteristics of motor oil. It will also contain reviews of top motor oil products. The reviews will include basic information about the product that you should find useful and will contain product pros and cons.

As mentioned above in the introduction the main purpose of motor oil is to lubricate the engine’s moving parts and to keep them cool. Motor oil also helps to keep your engine parts clean. It also helps to prevent rust and deposits from forming on your engine which can hamper engine operation. So what are some of the important characteristics of oil that you should pay attention to? One characteristic is viscosity.

Viscosity is a measure of how resistant a liquid is to flow. Viscosity is important because you want motor oil to stay in between your engine and not flow out of your engine. Motor oil becomes thicker as the temperature decreases and becomes thinner as the temperature increases.

This is why motor oil must be viscous, because otherwise it will not maintain a layer of lubrication in your engine. When shopping for motor oil the number before the W represents how viscous the oil is during warm weather and the second number represents how viscous the oil is during cold weather. When purchasing motor oil, you should purchase a product that has the minimum viscosity that your car requires.

The higher the numbers a motor oil has the more resistant it will be to thickening and thinning. Another important characteristic that you should pay attention to is additives the motor oil has. Additives include things such as detergents, friction modifiers, antioxidants, rust inhibitors and anti-wear agents. Additives remove deposits, increase viscosity, prevent rust, protect metal parts, and can improve fuel economy.

Now that you have a basic understanding of motor oil and why it is important here are reviews of the top 5 motor oil products that we have found.

1. Mobil/Extended Performance Engine Oil SAE 5W-20 1 qt.
This is a synthetic oil. It is supposed to reduce engine wear and tear, prevent oil breakdown and increase the lifespan of your car’s engine. Unlike other oils, this oil can last for 15,000 miles between oil changes. It also cleans the engine.
Pros: Increases the lifespan of your engine and has a long interval between oil changes.
Cons: This oil is expensive when compared to other standard motor oil products.

2. Royal Purple/Heavy duty motor oil SAE 40 1 qt.
This is also a synthetic motor oil. It is designed for four cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. It is supposed to increase the horsepower and fuel economy of a vehicle. It also reduces emissions and protects the engine from wear and tear.
Pros: Environmentally friendly motor oil that increases the power and mileage you get out of your car’s engine.
Cons: This is an expensive motor oil to use.

3. Castrol/GTX High Mileage engine oil SAE 20W-50 1 qt
This is a mineral motor oil. It is supposed to extend the life of your car engine by minimizing engine wear and tear. It also has additives to prevent deposits from forming on your engine and seal conditioners to prevent leaks.
Pros: Extends the life of your vehicle’s engine. Has high viscosity meaning it can be used almost anywhere in the world.
Cons: Does not improve fuel economy. More expensive than standard motor oil products. Must do oil changes frequently with this motor oil.

4. Pennzoil/Platinum full synthetic engine oil SAE 5W-30 5 qt.
This is a synthetic motor oil. It is supposed to clean a dirty engine and keep it clean for the duration of its use. It prevents deposits and oxidation from forming even under extreme temperature conditions. This motor oil also protects your car’s engine against standard wear and tear.
Pros: One of the best motor oils for keeping your engine clean and in optimal condition. Good for use in extreme weather conditions such as deserts and arctic areas. Can increase engine performance.
Cons: This oil is expensive.

5. AutoZone/Engine oil SAE 5W-20 1 qt.
This is a mineral motor oil. It is designed to protect against regular wear and tear for vehicles with gasoline engines. It also prevents sludge buildup in your engine and makes it easier to start your car during cold weather.
Pros: Inexpensive, basic motor oil that gets the job done. Makes it easier to start your vehicle in the winter time when temperatures decrease.
Cons: Does not clean your engine as thoroughly as other motor oils do. Will not protect your engine from wear and tear as much as premium motor oils.

Grease vs Oil: Which is the better industrial lubricant?

Choosing the correct lubricants can be a difficult task, but it need not be complicated. The purpose of a lubricant is to reduce the friction on the moving parts of machinery, thus improving its performance and longevity. Lubricants come in two basic categories, oil and grease. Each has their strengths and weaknesses and which you choose depends on your application. A debate still goes on as to which is better.

grease vs oil

grease vs oil

Oil is typically 95% mineral based with 5% additives. Synthetics exist as well and one must also consider the grade of viscosity when choosing a lubricant, but it does tend to be more liquid than grease. Grease, on the other hand is basically oil thickened with soap. It is used typically in applications where fluid lubricants are too difficult or cannot be retained. In choosing an appropriate lubricant one must look at the pros and cons of each.

The advantages of grease is that it has a better start up performance because it doesn’t drain into the sump, it acts as a sealant and is less prone to leakage. Grease uses solid additives such as graphite, zinc oxide or molybdenum disulphide which may settle or become filtered in many oils. Oil, on the other hand, flows freely, enabling it to carry away unwanted heat. Oil doesn’t use thickeners, thus eliminating the danger of clashing incompatible thickeners, causing a change in consistency.

Contaminants in oil such as water or dirt are suspended briefly before being transported to filters and settling zones whereas grease can retain contaminants indefinitely. Oil is easier to change than grease as the machine does not have to be dismantled to do so. Removal of grease requires a complete purge. Disposing of oil is much more environmentally friendly than grease which is a total-loss proposition. There is no environmentally friendly way to dispose of grease.

Oil lubricants tend to have a higher rating than grease and are the typically the preferred industrial solution. However, each has its own merits. Grease is preferred because it is stable, suitable for any housing orientation, easy to transport, can withstand higher rotational forces and performs better at slow speeds. Oil is preferred because it is widely available, has excellent flow properties, even temperature gradients, and allows wear particles to settle so the lube is “fresh” during operation. A qualified dealer will be able to provide complete information on the best product to choose for your operation.

Monolec Industrial Lubricant: A Review

Using the proper oil for your engine means the difference in a smoothly running machine, whether it’s a car, boat, or piece of equipment. Oil is the material that keeps metal parts from grinding together and wearing down, and can also prevent dirt buildup in a piece of machinery.

Choosing lube oil can be a difficult task, as not only do lubricant oils come in various forms and varieties, but different industries and sectors have their own standards and regulations. Because of this, it is crucial that the right choice of lubricant is chosen for the right application.

Monolec is an exclusive, wear reducing additive which creates a lubricating film on metal surfaces, which increases the strength of the oil used. Using Monolec will allow opposing surfaces to glide by one another greatly reducing heat, friction and wear.

Monolec Industrial Lubricants are designed specifically for use in centralized lubrication systems. They contain both wear reducing and extreme pressure additives, are waterproof, and will not form permanent emulsions when moisture is present. They also contain special additives for rust prevention.

Users of Monolec Industrial Lubricants say that it is their secret to keeping their machines moving and also keeps the machines on good condition well after their shelf life. “This oil keeps the gears moving and also reduces oil consumption which saves me money”, says Albert B., one reviewer.

The base oil and additive formula are designed to work together. Clive G. says, “After one oil change I could see no sludge formation or deposits, which is unheard of in my experience.”

Monolec Industrial Oil meets or exceeds the requirements hydraulic systems, gear boxes, roll mill bearings, air compressors and vacuum pumps found in industries such as paper, plastic, rubber and textiles.

For many decades, suppliers of lubricants have been designed and formulating lubricants tailored to industrial application requirements. All lubricant oil should meet the technical requirements for dissipating heat, protection against corrosion and reducing wear and friction. However, it depends on the manufacturing processes and operating conditions specific to your industrial plant which could mean that the right lubricant for the job should produce a whole host of additional properties. As a result of so many variables, it is just as important to choose the right lubricant manufacturer as it is the right lubricant. Do your research before purchasing any lubricants, including talking to your equipment manufacturer for the best recommendations.