Date: 13th May 2013
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Lubricants – Is your machinery oiled enough?
As the productivity requirements of manufacturing equipment increase, it becomes ever more challenging to maintain equipment and keep it operating at peak levels. After all, faster movement means greater wear. Dry lubricants are an essential part of meeting this maintenance challenge, as they reduce friction in these high production machines.
Often, dry lubricants are blended with a solvent before they’re applied, typically a type of water, oil or grease. The material composition of a dry lubricant depends on the specific application it will be used in. Some aspects of the design are easier than others. For example, there is a relatively standard range of materials added to achieve the high temperature resistance necessary in a dry lubricant. The real creativity and expertise however, comes when trying to match the dry lubricant to the solvent that will be used.
Have you ever made pancakes and poured too much milk in the mix? If you have, you’ll know that lumps form in the batter. Well, the same thing can happen when mixing a dry lubricant with a solvent. The key to avoiding this is working with a materials provider who knows how to avoid this, and has the expertise to create a dry lubricant that you can apply however you want.