The Lubricants and Fuel Additives Innovation Platform of global water, energy and maintenance solutions provider, NCH Europe, has compiled a handy SlideShare that looks at the three vital characteristics engineers should consider when specifying their industrial grease. The SlideShare can be downloaded from NCH Europe's SlideShare page.
Exploring some typical industrial applications, the SlideShare looks at the everyday problems that heat, friction, loading, rust and corrosion cause for machinery and equipment from bearings and motors, to gears and tools.
Covering the traditional problems with existing greases and reasons they fail, this guide also explains additives and features that allow a good grease to perform in extreme conditions such as hot and cold temperatures, heavy loading, wet and steamy conditions and indoor and outdoor environments.
"Most people know that 70 percent of mechanical wear occurs on cold startup," explained Mark Burnett, VP of the Lubricants and Fuel Additives Innovation Platform of global water, energy and maintenance solutions provider, NCH Europe. "What most people don't know is that this can cause long term damage including cold-welds, pitting and particulates.
"In turn, these problems can lead to foaming, oxidation and the buildup of acidic compounds and sludge. Because the encroachment of rust and corrosion is a slow process, ineffective lubrication of machinery and equipment can bring your whole plant process to a halt - not something that can be easily fixed.
"We've developed this SlideShare as it's a vital resource to give engineers and plant managers valuable insight when it comes to choosing the right grease for their application."
The guide targets sectors including industrial automation, food and beverage, process control and steel mills, as well as general industrial machinery. The SlideShare can be downloaded HERE.