A lubricant is a substance that when applied in a thin layer to an item of machinery, reduces friction, heat, and wear between the solid surfaces are in contact with each other. By having the appropriate lubricant, the friction and wear of the materials can be controlled therefore providing reliable operation within the workplace and less money spent on maintenance. Lubricants can come in various forms such as liquid (oil, water), solid, gaseous (air) or semisolid (grease). Also, some lubricants contain additives to improve their performance. There are benefits of using grease over oil in some situations. Grease seals out contaminants and has a better stop-start performance as it doesn't drain away like oil. However, grease is thicker than oil and therefore limits bearing speed, reduces the cooling of components and is difficult to determine the right amount of grease that needs adding. You can find out more in our comprehensive lubricants guide.
Lubricants package types
Silicone spray bottle
What can lubricants do?
Lubricants protect the components from seizure by the layers of the coating on the surfaces providing:
Reliable operation, keeping maintenance costs down
Increase equipment life expectancy
Reduced friction in engine control friction in transmissions
Minimises wear reducing wear by the protective layer on the surfaces
Heat transfer agent inhibits corrosion and oxidation, protecting the surfaces from the attack of chemically active substances, such as oxygen, by creating a corrosion resistant layer
Removes debris and other contaminants
Reduces effect of high temperature extremes on viscosity (measure of an oil's resistance to flow)
Oil lubricants are also classified into mineral (crude oil) vegetable and synthetic oils (man-made). In Industrial applications mineral and synthetic are mostly used.
Food Safe Lubricants
Ideal for use on chains, bearings, slides, and similar mechanisms operating in food, pharmaceutical and other clean environments. They offer great water wash off resistance and corrosion protection necessary for lubricants used in food, pharmaceutical and other clean environments.
Lubricants are typically found in applications such as moisture seal for aircraft, automotive, and marine ignition systems. Lubricating bearings, chains, and various mechanical equipment associated with mechanical engineering, machinery, and food processing.