When we talk about industrial grease, we are referring to a type of viscous lubricant that is essential in the sector. It is used in situations where it is not possible to use traditional oils in equipment. However, it must always be taken into account to choose the most suitable among the different types that exist.
Its use will allow the equipment to suffer less wear and tear and to last longer. It is not for nothing that it is the main lubricant that reduces friction in the machinery and in the rest of its components.
In addition, it will allow the company’s operating costs to decrease and achieve higher productivity in all sectors.
Components of industrial grease
This lubricant is basically made up of three different components:
- Base oil. This is the main component and is responsible for lubrication.
- Thickener. It gives the grease its characteristic consistency and allows it to adhere to the surfaces to remain in the friction zones.
- Additives. They improve the properties of the grease and provide it with characteristics such as corrosion resistance, anti-oxidation and anti-wear.
The union of these three components is key for industrial grease to fulfill its function of reducing friction and wear. In this way, machinery will have a longer service life and the operation of industrial processes will be much more efficient.
Types and classification of industrial greases
Industrial greases can be divided according to a number of factors: type of base oil, temperature, the additions of solid additives, etc. However, here are the types of industrial greases you can find in the industry:
- Lithium grease. Very common in the automotive and manufacturing industry, it has excellent high temperature properties and is water resistant.
- Lithium complex soap greases. Highly mechanically stable, they are resistant to extreme temperatures, water and corrosion.
- Calcium sulfonate soapy grease. Water resistant (ideal for humid environments), this industrial grease is not suitable for high temperatures.
- Polyurea-based greases. Highly resistant to high temperatures and oxidation, they are mainly used in electrical and high-speed bearings.
- Aluminum complex soap greases. High resistance to oxidation and corrosion and with very good high and low temperature properties.
- Molybdenum grease. High resistance to pressure and temperature, can withstand very high loads.
- Bentonite clay grease. Besides being soluble in water, it does not melt, so it is perfect for extremely high temperatures.
Most important things to consider before choosing the right industrial grease
Choosing the right grease is essential to ensure the efficiency and durability of the machinery. Keep in mind that this lubricant reduces friction and wear and maximizes uptime and productivity.
Here we share the most important aspects to assess before choosing the right industrial grease:
- Operating temperature. Determines the grease’s resistance to thermal variations.
- Speed. An unsuitable industrial grease for high speeds can lead to overheating and equipment failure.
- Load. A higher load requires a grease with greater consistency to maintain equipment integrity.
- Exposure to corrosive environments. Choosing a grease type that offers corrosion resistance is critical.
- Maintenance intervals. Indicate how often industrial grease should be replaced.
- Cleanliness requirements. It must be verified that the grease does not contaminate the work environment and that it can withstand the presence of contaminating particles without losing its lubricating properties.
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Lancaster, E., Beauvais, M., & Hipo, P. (2023). The right grease for any industrial application. Retrieved from https://phillips66lubricants.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/P66_GreaseTechnicalBrief_v4-Final.pdf