Lube-Tech is a regional leader in fuel, industrial and automotive fluids. Lube-Tech also offers category management for private label fluids and lubricants.
King of the Road - Episode 5
Featuring Lube-Tech Operations Manager, John Swoverland
King of the Road - Episode 6
Featuring Lube-Tech Driver, Dan Notsch
STLE (Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers), one of the largest professional societies in the field of machine lubrication, serves 15,000 industry professionals worldwide. This past Spring, STLE launched a chapter right here in Minnesota. Led by Lube-Tech Industrial and Distribution Product Development Michelle Brakke and Formulation Chemist Michael Quigley, the chapter fosters idea sharing and lubrication education by providing educational seminars and hosting social and networking events (among other things).
Valuable Aid in Meeting EPA Fuel Economy Standards
Viscosity modifiers are polymers that play a critical role in modern multi-grade engine oils. Part of EPA fuel economy testing is a cold start and drive test, and carmakers such as Honda have been able to increase their overall new car mileage ratings by blending super-thin, multi-grade oils such as 0W-20 and 0W-16. Thinner oil creates less drag inside the engine, freeing up power in cold start situations as well as in overall driving and ultimately increasing fuel mileage. High quality base stocks and engine oil viscosity modifiers combine to make this possible.
The Trickle-Down Effect
Lubricants are the lifeblood of any machine, and in any given machine a lubricant performs multiple functions. The primary role of a lubricant is to make things run smoother – to lubricate. But a lubricant also serves as a coolant, a cleaner, it protects against wear and corrosion, assists in power transmission and helps preserve component seals. Often the quality of a lubricant determines how well each of these roles gets performed. And lubricant quality is often the ultimate factor in helping a machine reach maximum efficiency and productivity.
Precise manufacturing is the result of well-running, precision-built machinery, and grease plays a major role in keeping that machinery operating at peak levels. However, grease is often misunderstood and, worse, misapplied.
Grease is a solid to semi-fluid substance consisting of a thickening agent combined with a liquid lubricant. Grease is typically characterized by its thickening agent. Soap-thickened greases include lithium, lithium complex, aluminum complex, calcium, calcium complex, calcium sulfonate, sodium and barium. Non-soap greases include organo-clay, polyuria and silica. Thickeners make up 3-30-percent of a grease compound.
When machining with water-soluble coolants, maintaining coolant stability is essential to produce quality parts and surface finish. Therefore, it is important to mix the coolant properly.
Water-soluble coolants consist of both an oil phase (nonpolar) and a water phase (polar). These phases are extremely dissimilar, so they tend to separate from one another. Hence, emulsifiers are an important component in the coolant concentrate. Emulsifiers are molecules that consist of both polar and nonpolar sides, which help bring the two phases together.
Water plays an important role in maintaining the integrity of a metalworking coolant. Water makes up roughly 95% of the resulting dilution, so its chemical state has a great influence on how well the concentrate mixes and forms a stable emulsion.
If water quality is poor, a wealth of issues can develop. These issues include corrosion, poor machining performance, and water spotting on finished parts. Testing water quality is the first step to ensuring proper performance.
Foam in a metalworking fluid system is unconducive to the machining process. First and foremost, air does not provide lubricity or cooling to the workpiece. Additionally, air entrainment can promote premature pump failure and create spills - both of which generate significant downtime. Determining the source of a foam issue can ultimately fix the problem and relieve the headaches in the workplace.