Effective lubrication is one of the best tools at minimising downtime and increasing service intervals by reducing friction in machines.

What is friction and why is it dangerous?

Friction is a resistive force created when two objects slide against each other. Materials will have different levels of resistance based on their properties, and metal in machinery can have particularly high levels.

Friction can cause a whole host of issues for machines. Extra work from the machine is needed to overcome friction which causes an additional load on the machine. Not only does this cause extra wear and tear on parts throughoutthe machine which can lead to breakdowns, it also creates increased heat which can lead to overheating.

How can we reduce friction?

Using a high-quality lubricant is one of the best ways to overcome friction, especially a product containing PTFE.

A regular lubricant can work against friction, however a product containing PTFE (Poly Tetra Fluoro Ethylene) goes one step further in creating a permanent dry film boundary on components which greatly reduces start-up friction.

Lubricants can be replaced at the next planned service.

How can proper lubrication and less friction save money?

When there is less stress on components, they wear down at a slower rate which reduces the frequency at which they need replacing.

With this taken into account, you can increase service intervals which reduces downtime.

Which lubricant do we recommend?

We recommend using Lubron Ecotef, our universal maintenance lubricant with PTFE.

In addition to its lubrication and PTFE properties, Lubron Ecotef has strong corrosion prevention properties both indoors and out, and can work on a wide range of machinery from cars and forklifts, to belt and chain conveyors.

Click here for more information on Lubron Ecotef.