“The use of synthetic lubricants as a viable alternative to traditional hydrocarbon lubricants is gaining momentum in the industrial sector. Previously, the use of synthetic lubricants was only an option when mineral or conventional lubricants had reached their performance limit and could no longer meet specific application requirements,” says Willie Lamprecht, Business Unit Manager, Fluid Technology Low Pressure, BMG. “Today, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) consider the use of synthetic lubricants as an integral part of the development of various types of machinery.
“Synthetic lubricants are critical in enhancing fuel economy and improving energy efficiency. Independent research in the industrial sector indicates that the use of synthetic lubricants results in energy savings of between 2% and 5%. And energy savings have a direct impact on the reduction of emissions. If industries and vehicles consume less energy, less fossil fuel is consumed and emissions are reduced.”
There are various types of synthetic lubricants available, each serving a specific purpose in modern engineering. Temperature and temperature-related characteristics are considered as the most common. The use of synthetic lubricants is known to improve thermal and oxidation resistance, enhance viscosity-temperature behaviour and properties, lower evaporation losses, reduce the formation of residues and provide greater resistance to ambient media.
Traction coefficient is another lubricant property that improves a machine’s efficiency and reduces energy and fuel consumption. Synthetic lubricants by design have a lower traction coefficient than mineral-based lubricants.
For these reasons, BMG specialists recommend the use of synthetic lubricants as part of a company’s commitment to improving operational efficiencies, extending service life of equipment and enhancing environmental protection.