5 frequently asked questions about lubricants used in the plastics industry

5 frequently asked questions about lubricants used in the plastics industry

For any manufacturer of plastics the proper functioning of equipment is vital in order to produce each unit at the highest quality. Regardless of the type of equipment used in the plastics industry, an effective lubrication system can help you achieve this goal.

Moreover, given that a better informed company will always be one step ahead of the competition, see below 5 frequently asked questions about lubricants in the plastics industry.

1. How to avoid high energy consumption?

There is no secret that the equipment in the plastics processing industry operate in difficult operating conditions, and this brings a high energy consumption.

However, by using a lubricant which has the properties needed to optimize energy consumption, such as Mobil DTE 10 Excel, you will be able to reduce operating costs associated with this aspect.

For example, in the case of a plastics injection molding machine in a German factory, as soon as the Mobil DTE 10 Excel 46 lubricant was used, there was a 3% decrease in energy consumption. Click here for more details on the proven performances of Mobil lubricants in the plastics processing industry.

2. How to reduce oil leakage from the injection machines for plastics?

One of the major problems encountered in industrial hydraulic equipment in this sector refers to oil leakage. The lubricant’s incompatibility with the equipment, the misalignment of its components, of gaskets and high operating temperatures are the main causes favoring the emergence of this problem.

Given that oil leakage can increase the lubrication costs and can endanger the employees’ safety, we recommend using a lubricant compatible with a wide range of equipment and which provides optimal characteristics regardless of the operating temperature, such as Mobil DTE 10 Excel.

3. Under what conditions should the lubricants be stored?

Mobil industrial lubricants and greases should be stored indoors, in a cool and dry place. For your safety as well as for your employees’ safety, but to also keep the lubricants’ properties, do not store the lubricant containers near a heat source and avoid their exposure to direct sunlight.

Also, to avoid the contamination of the lubricants, they should be kept in their original containers, and after use they should be closed and kept closed until the next use. In this way, you make sure that in the lubricant’s composition is not altered by dust and dirt particles, which could decrease its the quality.

4. When to choose a grease and when to choose an oil for the industrial equipment?

Basically, each equipment will dictate the type of lubricant required. So the basic rule you have to keep in mind is to follow the equipment manufacturer’s instructions. In addition to this, see here more details on how to make the choice between a grease and an industrial oil easier.

5. What lubricants to choose for the equipment used in the plastics processing industry?

Plastics processing equipment are complex and require specific lubrication. Therefore, Star Lubricants distributes Mobil lubricants for plastics injection molding machines, as well as for the other equipment used in a plastics processing factory. Thus, you may choose between:

  • hydraulic oils (Mobil DTE 10 Excel)
  • transmission oils (Mobil SHC 600, Mobil SHC Gear)
  • compressor oils (Mobil SHC Rarus)
  • high-performance greases (Mobilith SHC, Mobil Polyrex EM)

Your profit will be directly influenced by the way in which your industrial equipment operate and a proper lubrication system will contribute to their optimal functioning. Thus, the above answers to the 5 frequently asked questions will help you implement and maintain an effective lubrication system.

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