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Tips for better lubrication

Lubricating your engine and machinery will make it more efficient, cheaper to run and better for the environment. Always consult the manufacturers manual to determine the right type of grease or lubricant along with the right lubrication interval.

Things to consider when aiming for optimal lubrication include;

  • Temperature: Higher temperatures will affect the rate that you need to lubricate an engine or machinery. If you are operating in temperatures of 70℃ or above, a increase of just 15℃ would mean that you’d have to lubricate twice as often. This would incur extra costs and maintenance time so aways feature this into any budgets and time-planning.
  • Quality Over Quantity: Buying synthetic oil is more costly in the short term but the long term benefits far outweigh the higher costs. Synthetic oil is better for components and will extend the life of engines and machinery. The drain interval is also much lower for synthetic oil so you will reduce the amount of time and money spent on maintenance costs.
  • Multi-Task - Finding a grease that performs a range of functions will make managing your lubrication needs much simpler.
  • Avoid Over-Lubrication - Studies have found that 30-40% of all bearing failures are linked to over-lubrication. It is essential to use the right amount of lubrication at the right time to avoid running into difficulties.
  • Go Green - Many businesses now need to consider the impact running their machinery has on the environment. There are various eco-friendly lubricant and grease products now on the market that are fully bio-degradable and minimise impact on the environment.