Why Are Manufacturing Companies Choosing Synthetic Lubricants?
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Why Are Manufacturing Companies Choosing Synthetic Lubricants?

1/25/2018

synthetic lubricantsMetalworking fluids are absolutely essential in the manufacturing process to ensure the proper functioning of the machines. The two principal types of metalworking fluid include conventional and synthetic lubricants.

Conventional oil solutions were considered the norm for industrial supplies up until the introduction of synthetic oils. Synthetic lubricants contain no oil at all whereas semi-synthetic lubricants contain less than 30% oil content.

This reduced oil content is surprisingly beneficial for a number of reasons. Here are a few advantages of using synthetic lubricants over conventional options during manufacturing.

Less oil waste
In an age of environmental-consciousness, producing less waste is essential during the manufacturing process. Compared to conventional oils, synthetic lubricants don't need to be changed as often during metalworking projects.

Not only does this reduce waste, but it also reduces the cost of oil use. When combined with recycling metalworking fluids, cost reductions for the company can be significant (up to 8%).

Viscosity index
Certain metalworking projects require different lubricant viscosities. Up to 89% of lubrication professionals report considering a lubricant's viscosity prior to purchase. This is essential since 70% of unplanned equipment shutdowns in the manufacturing industry were caused by incorrect lubricant selection in the last three years.

Ultimately, the viscosity you choose for an application depends on the operating temperature of the oil in that given application. For instance, oil thins as it gets hotter. An engine that has a low oil temperature requires an oil with a lower viscosity.

Because many metalworking applications have high temperatures, oils with higher viscosities are often preferred. For this reason, synthetic lubricants are advantageous because they have a higher viscosity index compared to conventional oils.

Synthetics work well in cold temperatures
Synthetics not only work well at high temperatures, but they also do well at low temperatures as well. This is especially beneficial because the manufacturing process doesn't always allow for even temperature operations.

Metalworking fluids that can work at a variety of temperatures keep machines from breaking down and hindering production. The more accurate the lubrication selection, the less likely manufacturing will need to stop to fix any problems.

Synthetic lubricants are incredibly beneficial during the manufacturing process. For more information on synthetics, contact Santie Wholesale Oil Company today.

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