Choosing the Best Lubricant

Choosing an industrial lubricant that will best suit your application is not an easy task as they come in different formulations and varieties. Various applications may require different lubricants properties such as viscosity and the ability to withstand extreme temperatures. Below are some of the tips to help you make the best lubrication selection for your application.

What is the viscosity requirement?

The key factor to consider when comparing lubrication methods is their base oil viscosity. The best viscosity for your application is determined through factors such as the operating speed (is it fixed or variable), the friction type (whether it is sliding or rolling), environmental conditions and the Industry standards.

What is your application?

Before you choose your lubrication, you must first identify your need since most of the lubrication methods are tailor-made for specific applications. All lubrication methods must meet their basic purposes of reducing friction and wear, preventing corrosion, providing sealing effect and dissipating heat. Some of the uses may also require the lubrication to provide additional properties— which are not available in all lubricants.

Do you want to Lubricate for life or intervals between maintenance?

One of the first features you should consider about the product is whether it is general-purpose or synthetic. Mostly, you will be comparing lubrication methods such as oils, greases, waxes and paints where each has its merits and demerits depending on the use. You don’t have to use a synthetic lubrication product if the machine or equipment is regularly lubricated. Users can go for any product that meets the necessary performance standards and is readily available in the market.

Buyers who want a single-use product should go for synthetic base oils because they have resistance to oil sludge problems, have extended drain intervals, have a decreased evaporative loss and have a low/high-temperature viscosity performance.