STLE Fosters Expertise For Manufacturing

Posted by Lube-Tech on Sep 13, 2018 2:38:23 PM

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).

Knowing the Right Grease For Your Application

Posted by Lube-Tech on Jun 27, 2018 11:04:34 AM

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.

Automated Lubrication: The Key to Increasing Efficiency

Posted by Lube-Tech on Jun 25, 2018 3:09:54 PM


More than half of bearing failures are the result of improper lubrication. Shops know that bearing replacement can be costly, and lost production time can multiply those costs. The majority of bearings are lubricated manually, which typically means the machine is stopped and a worker is physically applying grease, resulting in machine down time and often less than ideal lubrication application. Automated lubrication systems can take the guesswork out of machine maintenance, decreasing down time and increasing a shop’s bottom line.

The Battle Over Chlorinated Paraffins

Posted by Lube-Tech on Nov 27, 2017 10:58:06 AM

Chlorinated Paraffins (CPs) are chemical compounds found in plastics, rubber, paints, adhesives, and miscellaneous other substances. However, they are perhaps most effectively used as an additive in cutting oils and machining fluids where they function as a superb extreme pressure agent.

If the physical lubrication film breaks down due to heat, pressure, or both, the chlorine in the compound reacts with iron to form ferrous chloride which creates a chemical lubrication film. While there’s no debate over the effectiveness of chlorinated paraffins as a machining fluid, there is debate over its safety from both an environmental and health standpoint, perhaps affecting the future of these substances and the industries they serve.

Do You Need Fire-Resistant Hydraulic Fluids?

Posted by Lube-Tech on Jul 19, 2017 5:21:42 PM

The risk of fire in a manufacturing workplace is always a reality. Taking measures to prevent fires is part of safety and compliance, but in some areas of manufacturing, businesses sometimes need to look further into the risk of fire. Industrial manufacturers who rely on a high-heat environment such as foundries, die casting, forging and heat treating operations must not only consider if there will be a fire, but be prepared when there is a fire.

Metal Forming Fluids, Additives, Trends and New Technology

Posted by Lube-Tech on Mar 3, 2017 2:12:41 PM

The term metal forming includes a diverse variety of manufacturing processes and applications. This can include the use of one ton mechanical presses down to wire drawing processes. All of these come down to moving metal into a desired geometry. Metal is plastically deformed through force applied that will exceed the yield strength of the metal itself. During this deformation process, friction and heat are generated.

Use of Neat Oils in Modern Metal Removal

Posted by Lube-Tech on Mar 3, 2017 1:45:49 PM

The term “neat” describes a cutting oil that is not mixed with water. Cutting oils mixed with water, better known as “water extendible” fluids, are designed to provide better cooling during the machining process, especially high-speed processes.

In an emulsion, water provides cooling and oil provides lubrication. While neat oils have traditionally been used in low-temperature applications such as slow-speed machining, they are becoming used more and more in higher speed applications, edging out water extendible fluids, for a variety of reasons:

Be Safe, Be Compliant

Posted by Lube-Tech on Feb 8, 2017 9:46:26 AM

Food producing and packaging machinery needs effective lubrication in order to function properly. However, lubricants used in food production must also meet strict sets of standards set by organizations such as the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), DIN (German Institute for Standardization), ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and NSF (National Sanitary Foundation).

Meeting these standards while providing superior lubrication qualities is key to success in the food and beverage packaging world and synthetic lubricants are the most effective way to reach that goal.

A Modern Metal Solution

Posted by Lube-Tech on Feb 7, 2017 10:08:22 AM

The term “neat” describes a cutting oil that is not mixed with water. Neat oils have traditionally been used in low-temperature applications such as slow-speed machining, but are being used more and more in higher speed applications, edging out water-extendible fluids, for a variety of reasons:

• More difficult alloys are being used in many machining processes and machining processes are becoming more complex, both requiring better lubrication

• Water-extendible fluids require a unique waste disposal process since the water is typically contaminated with metals

Local Lab Support At Your Fingers

Posted by Lube-Tech on Feb 7, 2017 9:41:15 AM

How can a laboratory help you make more money? Lube-Tech released its first house brand machining fluid way back in the 1970s. Just like then, Lube-Tech knows the proper fluid can make all the difference between a precision product and scrap.

You can guess what fluid will work or you can do it scientifically. That’s why we built our own chemical lab, to eliminate guesswork, increase response time and get our customers the right fluid faster.