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Bearing Performance Depends on Appropriate Lubricants Used

Optimum bearing performance can be achieved with the use of appropriate lubricant grade and type. To ensure maximum efficiency of equipment and components, base oils, additives, and manufacturer’s recommendations must be considered.

A machine usually comes with a manufacturer’s recommendation that can offer vital viscosity information. In making these recommendations, manufacturers consider base oil viscosity, speed, load and ambient temperatures. While these provide a good start when choosing a lubricant, it must be remembered that outside factors including the machine/component’s work environment could be beyond the manufacturer’s testing control.

Also important to look at is base oil type. There are five base oils available in the market. Group 1 base oils are the cheapest and undergo a simpler refining process. Group II base oils are becoming popular in today’s market and are manufactured through hydrocracking. Group III base oils are sometimes explained as synthesized hydrocarbons and are formulated to achieve purer base oil. Group IV base oils are polyalphaolefins (PAOs) and are best for a wide range of temperatures. Group V base oils include phosphate esters, polyalkylene glycols (PAGs), etc and are sometimes combined with other base stocks to boost oil properties.

For good bearing performance, lubricant additive packages should be examined as well. These improve base oils with anti-oxidants. These also foam agents & corrosion inhibitors, control base oils properties with viscosity index improvers and pour-point depressants, and provide new properties to the base oils through extreme-pressure additive, detergents, tackiness agents, and metal deactivators.

Ensure your equipment and bearings are running well by taking into account recommendations, base oil types, and additives used. At the Industrial Lubricant Store, a great selection of oils both food grade and non-food grade is available. Check out our product line by visiting www.theindustriallubricantstore.com/products today!

About the Author
Randy Renick
Randy Renick has a Bachelor's degree from LSU. He is an STLE Certified Lubrication Specialist and has a 29 year work history in Industrial Lubrication. He is currently a Lubricant Consultant at The Industrial Lubricant Store.

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