The Many Uses of Lubricants, Not Just for Lubrication

August 28, 2014

Most of the people think that a lubricant is just merely used to make things slippery. However, there is more to lubricants than that as there are plenty of advantages that lubricants offer. Besides reducing friction, lubricants also minimize the amount of wear that takes place during operation.

Lubricants have plenty of properties that can be mixed and matched to meet your industry needs. To better understand the uses of lubricants such as marine lubricants, let us first define lubricants. By definition, a lubricant is a substance that is usually in a liquid form that is introduced between two moving surfaces to reduce friction between the surfaces. This improves efficiency and reduces wear and corrosion.

Some of the key functions of lubricants include:

Separates moving surfaces.

 Lubricants are commonly used to separate moving parts in a system or a machine. This is done by forming a thin layer between the moving parts. This minimizes heat generation and friction while delivering less vibrations and noise.

Minimizes Friction.

 This is definitely the main function of lubricants. Lubricants have additives known as friction modifiers that bind chemically to metal surfaces. This is to lessen surface friction and increase efficiency.

Gets Rid of Contaminants and Debris.

 This is an important benefit of lubricant since machines that oftentimes generate debris and contaminants a lubricant to easily remove and filter particles out of the machine.

Protects against wear and corrosion.

 Lubricants have anti-wear or extreme pressure additives that increase their performance against corrosion, wear and fatigue.

The Composition of Lubricants.

 Lubricants start with base oil which can mineral, vegetable or synthetic. Vegetable oil lubricants are also called as bio lubricants which can be from animal and plant sources. Synthetic oil are developed and engineered for applications. Meanwhile, the mineral oil comes from crude oil in which the quality is dependent of the refining process. Different applications need different oil quality. Mineral oil is usually preferred as it is as good as synthetic. While synthetic is requiredwhere a low pour point, high flash point,  high shear strength, fire resistance, thermal stability, or high viscosity index  for extreme applications, mineral oil is greatly favored due to synthetic’s toxicity, solubility, incompatibility, high cost, and dangerous disposal.

Understanding the fundamentals of lubrication allows you to see the benefits of using the right lubrication in your equipment. It is everyone’s goal to have higher efficiency, better reliability, longer life and less overhead cost on their production. Learning more about the lubrication basic shall help you achieve such goals.

Hamburg Trading House is an authorized Shell Marine lubricants distributor in the UAE. In addition to Shell Marine Products, they are representing Tribomar in the United Arab Emirates for their Oil Management Systems and Tribomar Test Equipment. Hamburg Trading House is focusing on Marine business only offering its customers outstanding services at competitive prices.