Super Lube® comes in grease and oil form. Which should I use?
The best lubrication takes place when a part can actually be bathed in the lubricant. In these applications, Super Lube® Oil with Syncolon® or Lightweight Oil should be used depending upon the viscosity requirements. Super Lube® Grease should be used in applications that do not allow the parts to be bathed in oil. The aerosol formulation is ideal for open gears, chains and sprockets.
Why is viscosity so important to lubricating oils?
Viscosity, or the thickness of the oil, is important because it determines the lubricant's film strength and efficiency in preventing friction between moving parts. Thick oil has a high viscosity, and thin oil has a low viscosity. If oil is too thick for the operating conditions, the machine must work harder, thus generating heat and using more energy. If a lubricant is too thin, the film may not be thick enough to prevent friction.
How does temperature affect the viscosity of petroleum-based lubricants?
Petroleum-based oils will thin in high operating temperatures and thicken in low temperatures. Thick oil is often used on machinery operating in high temperatures in anticipation of it thinning to the proper viscosity as the temperature increases. However, because machinery does not always operate at constant speeds and temperatures, there will be a period of time when the machinery is working harder, running hotter and consuming more energy than necessary until the viscosity thins. If the viscosity thins too much, there will be friction and wear between the moving parts.
How does temperature affect the viscosity of Super Lube®?
Super Lube®, because it is synthetic, delivers minimum viscosity variation with temperature change. Unlike petroleum based oils, different weight oils are not needed to allow for temperature induced viscosity changes. The right viscosity is used from the start so the machine runs efficiently.
How does operating speeds affect the viscosity of Super Lube®?
In general, thick oils are best for slow operating speeds and thin oils for high-speed applications. Super Lube® is a thixotropic material. This means it will thin at the point of shear as operating speeds increase in order to maintain the most effective and efficient film thickness and then return to its original viscosity as the operating speeds are reduced.