Industries Served by Lubrication Engineers
Understanding the unique requirements of power plants, LE offers time- and cost-saving solutions.
Water & Wastewater Treatment
LE protects clarifiers, pumps, blowers and other equipment from water, dust, dirt and chemicals.
With lubricant reliability products and food-grade oils and greases, LE combats severe operating conditions.
Transportation & Fleet
LE lubricants provide all-weather performance, improve fuel efficiency, increase engine life and extend drain intervals.
Oil & Gas
Despite the challenging conditions, LE's solutions increase production and extend lubricant and equipment life.
Whether it is powered by fossil fuels or renewable fuels, the demand for power continues to grow globally. Increasing pressures are being placed on the power industry to perform as efficiently and reliably as possible. There has never been more need for high-performance, long-life lubricants that can help reduce maintenance and operating costs and banish expensive downtime.
Conventional lubricants simply cannot meet the demands of the huge, expensive equipment located in power plants. Lubrication Engineers works closely with a range of power companies globally – in coal-fired plants, hydro plants, and in the booming wind industry.
Due to the unique additive technology and high-quality base oils used by LE, our lubricants perform extremely well under the severe operating conditions found in these industries. Particularly successful LE lubricants for power companies include:
Monolec® turbine oils – LE recommends these turbine oils for use in mainline turbines such as Siemens, Alstom and Westinghouse.
Pyroshield® open gear lubricants – These synthetic lubricants provide outstanding wear protection to critical ball mills and other expensive, heavily loaded open gears.
Duolec® gear oils (1600 series) – LE recommends these for extended service life due to the EP, nonfoaming and water-resistant characteristics of the oils.
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Lubrication Engineers lubricants have found ready acceptance in water and wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) of all kinds. The ability to operate under difficult environmental conditions, and deal with the corrosive and hostile chemistry of sewage treatment makes them very useful. The absence of any toxic ingredients or additives in the LE lubricants is another important feature. LE’s informative WWTP brochure is available to download here (PDF - 3.83 MB).
Proper maintenance of WWTP equipment has become more important as well as more complex. There have been many new technical developments and a great deal of modern equipment put into use. This advancement demands more highly trained people and a much better knowledge of maintenance, lubricants and their application. Lubrication is the lifeblood of any mechanical system, but even more so in WWTP equipment, as it is constantly in contact with harsh contaminants such as acid, moisture and dirt.
Please visit the Water & Wastewater industry page on the LE Inc corporate site for more information on the following applications:
- Anti-friction & plain bearings
- Air compressors, pumps, hydraulics & turbines
- Gear reducers
- Grease fittings
- Chains & chain drives
In addition, you can visit our Techni-Tips section for six detailed WWTP documents.
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The food industry is one of the main markets for Lubrication Engineers. Lubrication and maintenance in the food processing industry can be very difficult because of the problems inherent in complex equipment, as well as problems associated with the operating environment. In spite of the size and complexity of the equipment used in the food industry, all of the machinery can be broken down into four basic types for lubrication purposes: bearing, gears, slides and chains. LE has an extensive product range for all four of these types of food processing equipment.
Common problems associated with food industry applications
Moisture is an always present destroyer of lubricants and is detrimental to good maintenance. The water or steam is due to the necessity for cleanliness of the machinery and surrounding areas. It may also be a part of the process itself. This moisture can wash out lubricants, cause emulsions of both grease and oil, cause rust and corrosion and increase and hasten deterioration of the lubricant.
Hot and cold conditions create serious problems. High temperatures may come from drying and sterilizing processes, or from the steam and hot water used for cleaning. These high temperatures can cause greases to melt and run out of bearings and will speed up oxidation of both greases and oils, thereby shortening their life. In some plants there may be refrigerated or cold areas that require low-temperature mobility in greases and low pour points in oils. Wear can result from channelling of the lubricant. These areas may also create moisture problems because of condensation.
Shock loading or impact may be a factor in many areas. The lubricant may be pounded out of an area leaving metal-to-metal contact with consequent damage to surfaces. Grease may lack cohesion or adhesion; oil may be light or won’t penetrate to critical areas.
Constant use of equipment and lubricant is a challenge, with some operations running around the clock, 24 hours a day. Coupled with the other severe conditions, this constant use can cause greases to shear down or become very soft or liquid, oils to oxidize rapidly, and both to become contaminated. Lubricants may harden or thicken in service, creating increased power demands.
Nontoxicity is one of the most severe requirements imposed on lubricants used in the food industry. Agencies create regulations to control the possible effects of lubricants on beverage and food processing and packaging. These regulations can be very restrictive and often limit a lubricant’s ability to perform well.
Chemicals are an often-ignored problem in food plants and can have a deteriorating effect on lubricants. These include mild acids and alkalis in juices, syrups and other components, citric acid, carbonic acid, various salts, sugars, malts and alcohol. Other chemicals are involved in the cleaning process, including acids, alkalis, sodium hypochlorite, polyphosphates, silicates, acid detergents, sanitizing solutions, iodine sanitizers, spray insecticides, foaming additives and conditioners. The interactions of these products are often unknown, to the detriment of the lubricants.
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Throughout its history, Lubrication Engineers has demonstrated to small owners and operators, as well as large fleet companies, the many cost-saving performance benefits of our lubricants. In today’s competitive market, opportunities to save money and maximise profits are increasingly important.
The majority of owners and operators haul freight for someone else. They are generally termed “for hire” carriers. All operators – no matter what they are hauling – are result based. The successful operators are the ones who make the most profit by getting the job done on time with the fewest costs. LE lubricants will prove their value by providing substantial cost savings from reduced downtime and longer effective equipment life.
Long vehicle life and efficient, economical operation are very important to owners and operators. Trucks must be in top running condition to ensure a profit. Just as an owner and operator would not buy the cheapest truck only to have it fall apart a few miles down the road, they do not select lubricating oils and greases on a basis of cost. Price enters the picture only as a portion of total costs.
LE offers a full line of exclusive, high-quality lubricants that ensure optimum performance in all truck applications (more info), including:
- Engine crankcases (gasoline, diesel & LPG)
LE engine oils are proven to last longer in service. Drain intervals can be safely extended because of our powerful extended drain package. By extending drain intervals and providing premium protection, owners and operators gain the following cost-saving benefits:
- Reduced lubricant consumption
- Reduced makeup oil (up to 50% less based on field tests, and even more in actual usage)
- Reduced labour costs (fewer oil changes)
- Improved fuel economy (reduced friction)
LE also has a line of premium greases (more info), for applications including:
- Chassis & bearings
- Wheel bearings
- Fifth wheels
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Lubrication Engineers offers a range of lubricant and reliability solutions for oil and gas field operations, including for drilling equipment. These solutions can combat the many challenges in this industry, including friction, heat, wear, extreme pressures, contamination, oil leakage, foam, sludge and rust. These problems – if not dealt with – can lead to increased downtime, decreased production, shortened lubricant and equipment life, and frequent parts replacement.
Putting clean lubricant into your equipment and keeping it clean and dry is more efficient and cost-effective than removing contaminants after they have entered the system and lubricant. To do this, you need a comprehensive lubricant reliability programme that includes the right lubricants, the appropriate reliability tools and training for key personnel. Lubrication Engineers has the products, services and expertise to help our oil and gas customers with the right solutions.
Chosen correctly and cared for properly, LE’s high-performance lubricants can protect equipment, lengthen lubricant life, decrease downtime and increase production. LE lubricants are also environmentally friendly because they reduce the amount of waste oil and filters requiring disposal.
Benefits of LE’s lubricant reliability programme
- Extended oil drains & regreasing intervals
- Decreased friction & increased wear protection
- Complete water-oil separation
- Sealed-out contaminants & longer seal life
- Elimination of foam & sludge
- Reduced operating temperatures
- Protection from water & rust
- Reduction in bearing replacements
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The construction (earthmoving) industry is one of the industries that most lends itself to the protection afforded by Lubrication Engineers products. LE lubricants provide excellent protection in heat, dust, cold and moisture – all conditions experienced in the construction industry. Construction equipment is subjected to a variety of environments and usually a variety of operators. While working on highways, streets and bridges, the temperatures can range from cold, foggy mornings to hot, dusty afternoons.
Greases that are subjected to high heat can melt and run out of bearings, causing premature wear and failure. If grease does not form a good seal when lubricating, it can also let in contaminants such as water and dirt.
Diesel-fuelled equipment that is left outside in hot and cold extremes can get water in the fuel. This will cause poor performance and loss of power. Hydraulic-powered scrapers, shovels and other equipment can lose hydraulic power when the day becomes hot. This mid-day fade will result in lost production time and can be dangerous to equipment operators.
Scrapers – Most earthmoving, packing and grading contractors use a scraper, which is also used in stripping and quarry operations. It is generally pulling and hauling heavy loads. High-quality bearing grease is required to lubricate the steering links and cranks, bushings, pins, rods and bearings.
Crawler tractors – Constructed for rugged, heavy-duty construction work, crawler tractors are powered by diesel engines. This can lead to difficulty in keeping valves, injectors, rings and other parts of the engine free from carbon and other deposits.
Shovels – Open gears, rack teeth, and hoist mechanisms are found on all shovels. As these gears are exposed to changing weather, it is important that they are protected against rust and corrosion. Furthermore, extreme pressures and shock loads can cause commercial grade lubricants to rupture, resulting in excessive wear of the gears.
Draglines & cranes – Planetary wheel hubs on large cranes carry weight of up to 100 T. Transmission and transfer case failures can be quite common. Also critical on most cranes of this type are the clutches, which are subject to slippage.
Backhoes & front-end loaders – Commonly found on construction sites, backhoes and front-end loaders can be adapted easily to perform different functions. They can be equipped with various attachments such as impactors, tampers, drills or hoes on the rear, and scrapers on the front.
Large loaders & bucket pins – One of the most critical areas on large loaders (rubber tire loaders) are the bucket pins. These are constantly exposed to dust, sand and other abrasives. Aside from handling heavy loads, the grease used on this equipment should have the ability to seal out dirt.
Ditching & trenching machines – A variety of ditching and trenching machines are made in various makes and sizes such as hand-operated units commonly used in electrical and plumbing work around building sites to large self-propelled units used for laying cross country cable or pipe lines. As these units run at high rpm’s, gearboxes become overheated. Gearbox failures are quite common when conventional gear lubricants are used. In larger units, where greater depths, wider trenches and harder soil formations are encountered, power is generally transmitted by hydraulic action.
Portable or mobile air compressors – On construction sites, air compressors are constantly exposed to severe environmental conditions such as extreme heat, cold, dust and moisture.
Power-producing equipment – Power plants are usually found in larger construction operations. These consist of an engine (gas, diesel, steam, electric), clutch, transmission, transfer mechanism, propeller shaft (with U-joints), differential and final drive nits. Operating conditions may range from prolonged high speed or high load operation at summer temperatures to excessive idling and light load operation in subzero weather. The bearings are lubricated through pressure fittings and require a lubricant that will maintain a seal against the entrance of dirt and moisture.
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The highly competitive and equipment-intensive cement industry has some of the toughest working environments for machinery and lubricants. Lubrication Engineers has a growing global customer base in this industry due to the outstanding performance of LE’s high-quality lubricants.
LE’s exclusive additives – Duolec®, Almasol®, Monolec® and Quinplex® – have incredible load-carrying ability and temperature resistance, and LE’s high-quality base oils ensure a superior formulation. The Pyroshield® range of open gear lubricants is particularly successful in large ball mills and kilns that demand excellent wear protection.
In the high-impact, heavy-contamination applications such as those in cement and concrete plants, a high-performance lubricant can significantly reduce operating and maintenance costs. Equipment often runs 365 days a year, and every hour of downtime is expensive. Below are a few of the common lubricant suffering points for this industry, followed by LE recommendations.
Bearing failures – Greases that do not seal effectively allow contaminants to enter equipment. LE greases are very tacky and resistant to water washout and shock loading. LE also recommends automatic lube systems for making sure grease is correctly applied.
Gearbox overheating – Cement plant gearboxes tend to be overloaded and consequently they often overheat, resulting in premature wear and gear failure. Other common mechanical issues include emulsification of the gear oil due to water contamination and extreme foaming. LE’s range of Duolec® EP gear oils provide impressive protection against shock loading, a powerful anti-foaming package and outstanding water separation. This dramatically extends the life of the gear oil as well as the gearbox.
Open gears with heavy wear – Keeping the kilns and ball mills running is very important for cement plants. However, open gears often suffer from wear due to shock loading and inadequate lubrication. The use of asphaltic-based lubricants prevent this wear from being seen by maintenance personnel. Instead, they have to wait for elevated temperatures and vibrations to indicate a problem.
LE’s Pyroshield® Syn Hvy and XHvy open gear lubricants were designed to protect high-load, heavy-shock applications. With translucent Pyroshield lubricants in use, maintenance teams can easily inspect open gears with the use of a strobe light. Plus, the Pyroshield conversion process does not require any stoppage of production.
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There are many challenges for industrial lubricants at all chemical manufacturing and processing plants. These include continuous operation, temperature extremes, and contamination from chemicals, water and particulates. Despite the challenging conditions, the lubricant still has to perform to ensure that all the equipment continues to function. This can be difficult if you do not have a lubricant reliability programme.
Protect your equipment and profits by investing in industrial lubricants that exceed specifications and reliability products that keep the lubricants clean and dry throughout their expected life. This can help reduce costly repairs and unnecessary downtime. These investments will pay for themselves by:
- Reducing friction, heat & wear
- Decreasing oil temperatures
- Reducing energy consumption
- Extending oil change intervals
- Extending equipment life
- Increasing production
- Decreasing waste oil
To ensure operational success, look for lubricants that exceed equipment specifications. Look for a supplier like Lubrication Engineers that can provide you with all of the elements of a lubricant reliability programme, helping you design and implement a comprehensive programme tailored to your needs. LE offers full-service support for chemical manufacturing and processing plants.
Getting started with a lubrication reliability programme
There are several areas for improvement at chemical manufacturing and processing plants that can go a long way to making your operation run smoother and more efficiently. Here are some places to start: electric motors, compressors, and oil analysis programme.
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By achieving a good lubrication programme and ensuring that contamination is reduced to the absolute minimum, we can achieve the following:
- Reduce friction, heat & wear
- Reduce oil temperatures
- Increase oil change intervals (decrease waste oil)
- Extend equipment & lube life
- Decrease energy use
- Increase production
- Increase profits
Lubrication reliability programme
Following are some ways to start or strengthen your lubrication reliability programme. By concentrating on these areas, you will see an immediate impact on your operation. The results will help you reclaim the costs of your improvements in very little time.
Electric motors – More than 70% of electricity consumed in industry comes from the use of electric motors. LE has the right greases and grease application tools for electric motors, whether you apply manually or would prefer time-saving automatic lube systems.
Air Compressors – The lubricant plays a critical role in sealing, preventing corrosion, preventing wear, and protecting internal metal parts. LE has the right lubricants for most compressor types, whether they are centrifugal compressors, reciprocating compressors, rotary screw compressors, rotary vane compressors or dry screw compressors.
Oil Analysis Program – A good oil analysis programme is integral to any successful lubricant reliability programme. With consistent, accurate monitoring of the condition of your oil – whether in an engine, gearbox, circulating system or mainline power generation turbine – an oil analysis programme can help you improve profits with less lubricant to purchase, fewer parts to keep in inventory, less waste oil requiring disposal, less labour and less downtime.
Lube Storage Facility – Almost every industrial operation has a lube room or some central area where lubricants are stored. Contamination issues often start there and are already a problem by the time the lubricants are introduced into the equipment. Knowing this, LE helps many of its customers transform these areas into world class lubrication storage rooms that incorporate the latest in best practices.
LE offers industrial lubricant and reliability recommendations for a variety of industrial applications, and can provide additional data to help you make the right decision.
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The steel industry’s extreme manufacturing conditions such as high temperatures and loads provide the ideal environment in which to prove the outstanding performance of LE’s specialist lubricants.
Lubrication Engineers works closely with steel plant customers worldwide helping them to substantially increase their productivity by reducing their operating and maintenance costs. The wear protection provided by LE’s exclusive additives such as Duolec®, Almasol® and Monolec® provide unrivalled load and temperature resistance in critical loaded applications.
We recommend the right, high-performance lubricant for each application. For example, LE’s Almaplex® Ultra Syn Lubricant (1299) is grease designed specifically for extreme steel industry applications. LE’s Duolec® Vari-Purpose Gear Lubricants (1600 series) provide outstanding EP and wear protection for heavily loaded gearboxes in steel plants.
We also show customers how to protect that lubricant from the extreme conditions, particularly moisture and contaminants, using lubricant reliability solutions such as automatic lube systems and an oil analysis programme.
The right lubricants and lubricant reliability tools – combined with training for personnel – will reduce overall costs. Spend a little more in the beginning, and you will achieve savings that will more than pay for the improvements.
Challenges & opportunities
Hot strip mill bearings – To help hot strip mill bearings last longer, LE offers industrial greases that are very tacky and impervious to water, sealing out contaminants and handling extreme conditions. Automatic lube systems recommended by LE will ensure that the grease is applied adequately and consistently.
Gearboxes, speed increasers & pump bearings – Equipment used in the steel industry is often subject to high temperatures, heavy loads and shock loads, as well as contaminants – all of which leads to gear wear and failure. LE’s gear, hydraulic, turbine and other industrial oils protect against these tough conditions. Many of our oils have anti-foaming packages and excellent water separation properties that allow water contamination to be drained away.
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Large mining companies operate expensive equipment in severe environments – extremes of temperatures, contamination and very high loads. They require specialist lubricant companies such as Lubrication Engineers that can reduce their huge maintenance and operating costs while also increasing their productivity.
LE products are increasingly popular with mining companies all over the world, including in Argentina, Australia, Chile, India, Peru and South Africa.
Challenges & opportunities
Moisture, contamination, heavy loads, shock loads, extreme pressures and continuous operation are some of the challenges faced by mining operations. We understand these challenges, and LE lubricants have been designed to perform even in difficult conditions in which other lubricants fail.
LE has a wide range of heavy-duty greases, high-performance engine oils and exceptional gear oils that withstand the difficult conditions. Key products include Pyroshield® open gear lubricants, Duolec® gear oils (1600 series), Wirelife® wire rope lubricants, Almamoly™ HD Grease, Almagard® EP greases, and diesel fuel improvers.
These LE lubricants can help mining operations increase machine life and decrease maintenance costs. They have been proven effective in keeping ball mills, loaders, heavy shovels, draglines, crushers and other mining equipment running efficiently in extreme conditions.
Large open gears – To keep equipment operating at maximum efficiency, you must use a lubricant that will perform under the conditions present at your mining operation. If you are still using asphaltic-based lubricants on the open gears on your ball mills, rod mills or breaker mills, it's time to make a change to a superior lubricant product. Open gears regularly suffer from pitting and other wear due to insufficient lubrication. Asphaltic-based lubricants prohibit maintenance personnel from seeing the wear. Instead, their first indications of a problem are elevated temperatures and vibrations.
LE’s Pyroshield® synthetic open gear lubricants can be used to protect the large open gears and keeping them running longer than they would with an inferior lubricant. Pyroshield lubricants were specifically designed to provide outstanding protection for heavy- and shock-loading applications such as the large shrouded open gears used in mining. They are environmentally friendly, containing no heavy metals. They are translucent, which means maintenance personnel can easily inspect gears with the use of a strobe light. In addition, the conversion process for Pyroshield lubricants is seamless, with no need to stop your equipment.
Wire rope – Most wire ropes are lubricated during the wire rope manufacturing process, but the lubricant will not last the life of the rope. Proper lubrication will prevent deterioration of wire rope due to rust and corrosion. Corroded rope can be a safety hazard as there is no way to determine its remaining strength and life. LE’s Wirelife® lubricants, including penetrating and coating types, contain no acids or alkalis, possess the adhesive strength to stay on the rope, penetrate between wires and strands, have high fluid film strength, resist oxidation, and remain pliable.
Gearboxes – Mining gearboxes tend to be overloaded, which leads to overheating and excessive wear. This often results in premature failure of the gears. Other common mechanical issues include emulsification of the gear oil due to water contamination and extreme foaming. LE’s Duolec® EP gear oils (1600 series) provide impressive protection against shock loading, foaming and water contamination. Their additive package keeps water contamination separate from the oil, allowing water to be periodically drained away. This simple solution prevents rust and corrosion in the gearbox and dramatically extends the life of the gear oil as well as the gearbox.
Bearing failures – Greases that do not seal effectively will allow the entry of contaminants. LE has a range of greases that are extremely tacky and nearly impervious to water washout, and can easily handle heavy- and shock-loading applications. LE also offers automatic lubrication systems for making sure grease is applied in the right place at the right time in the right quantity.
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Lubrication Engineers products are preferred because of the combination of high pressures and temperatures prevalent in the operation of many plastic- and rubber-producing machines. For example, a modern plastic extrusion machine puts great stress on its components because it is operating continuously at a high speed using a combination of high resin temperatures, plus very high product and hydraulic pressures. These conditions demand maximum lubricant performance.
LE has products for all of the following applications:
- Screw thrust & gear train
- Motor bearings on electric motors
- Blow moulding
- Gearbox electric motor
- Electric motors
- Banbury mixer
- Open roll mills
- Tubing machines
LE’s proprietary lubricants prevent wear by providing thermal stability and viscosity consistency, and our hydraulic oils offer exceptional oxidation resistance. LE lubricants can protect tubing machines and extruders from failure. Our high-performance greases protect electric motors, while our EP gear oils protect calendar gearboxes. In addition, we can provide desiccant breathers to keep moisture out of reservoirs.
Using the right lubricant also can help lower energy use. LE lubricants reduce friction, which means less electricity is required to drive a gearbox, compressor or pump.
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Whether you are using tractors, bailers, trucks, air compressors, vacuum pumps or other agricultural machinery, keeping equipment running during critical periods is imperative. That can be difficult because of the harsh environmental and operating conditions – such as cold, heat, dirt and water – that can be detrimental to a lubricant’s performance in your equipment.
Challenges & opportunities
In severe conditions, you need heavy-duty lubricants that will help you to protect your machinery and ensure that it keeps operating when needed. LE can help in the following areas:
Grease – LE has greases that will not wash off, pound out or melt and run.
Automatic lubrication systems – LE also can supply farmers and other agricultural customers with automatic lubrication systems to ensure that their equipment is lubricated adequately and consistently.
Engine oils – LE can improve the engine performance of equipment with a robust engine oil formulation that prevents deposits and reduces wear in diesel and gasoline engines. When combined with periodic oil analysis and filter changes, these high-performance engine oils can safely extend drain intervals.
Transmission fluids & diesel fuel improvers – LE provides transmission fluids and diesel fuel improvers to help keep your equipment running at maximum efficiency.
R & O additives – LE lubricants have excellent rust and oxidation additives, which are imperative to help protect equipment from corrosive fertilizers and chemicals.
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Lubrication Engineers has been serving sand and gravel industry customers all over the world for many years and understands the needs of this industry. The harsh environment demands superior lubricants, and LE products are up to the task.
The progression of sand and gravel operation begins with a source, such as a pit, dry river bed or wet river bed. The sand and gravel is retrieved by means of a drag line, dozer, loader or a dredging operation. The material is hauled, pumped or carried by a conveyor to screens, where it is screened to various mesh sizes. The different mesh sizes are usually carried by a conveyor to a location where it can be hauled away or stockpiled for future use.
Challenges & opportunities
Engines – All rolling stock such as loaders, dozers, draglines, trucks, pick-ups and cars have engines. Floating dredges, pumps, conveyors and screens could also be powered by engines. These engines are used in some of the most severe conditions such as dirt, moisture, heat, cold, heavy-shocking loads and sometimes continuous operations. LE’s outstanding engine oils and fuel supplements are a proven solution to these challenges.
Transmissions – Also found in rolling stock, torque converters and manual transmissions encounter problems including moisture, dirt, grit, dust and heavy loads. Recommended LE products include Monolec® Syn Multi-Vehicle ATF (1150) and Monolec® Power Fluid 7500. For manual transmissions, use Monolec Gear Lubricant (703-704).
Differentials, gearboxes & open gears on draglines – Typical problems encountered include wet, dusty, hot and cold operating conditions, vibrations, heavy shock loads and long continuous operations. LE recommends its Duolec® 1600 series gear oils. Another recommendation is LE’s highly successful line of Pyroshield® synthetic open gear lubricants.
Hydraulics – Found on levelling cylinders, dozers, loaders and dump trucks, hydraulics experience problems including continuous operation in dirty wet environments and heat-related problems such as foaming, leaks, fading and chattering. LE recommends its Multilec® 6800 series line of industrial lubricants.
Cables – Used on draglines, winch lines and tie downs, cables are made of strands that work against themselves. Being run on pulleys, sheaves and spools of drums puts lines through severe conditions. Dirt and water get into the cable strands and cause abrasion, rust and corrosion. LE recommends its Wirelife® line of wire rope lubricants.
Electric motors – All equipment not powered by gasoline and diesel engines is powered by electric motors. The most common applications include dredges, water pumps, conveyor belts and screens. Problems experienced by the electric motors include dirt, water, heat and continuous operation. LE recommends Almaplex® Industrial Lubricant (1274-1275) and Monolec® Extend EM Grease (1282).
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Paper and pulp manufacturing plants use a variety of equipment in their manufacturing process. Lubricant is an important part of keeping the equipment running efficiently and lasting for a long time.
Challenges & opportunities
The lubricated equipment at paper and pulp manufacturing plants experience a variety of challenges, including moisture, acids, sawdust, heavy loads and high speeds. Lubricant performance affects the success of the operation, with downtime and parts replacement being an expensive problem. In addition, sufficient labour is needed to ensure that adequate, timely lubrication is protecting the equipment.
Common challenges for paper and pulp plants include:
Washers & beaters – Water and acids are constant production problems.
Grinders & fourdriniers – Sharp thrust-loads during grinding and pumping, combined with high-speed operation, can make grinders and fourdriniers run extremely hot.
Calendar with open gears – Exposed gear teeth on the spur gear of a paper roll calendar experience a rapid rate of wear because of fast speed and heavy loads
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Garbage or refuse collection vehicles include garbage, scrap (roll-off), dumpsters, compactors and yard trash collection units. Lubrication Engineers offers lubricants to help meet the harsh conditions caused by dirt, moisture, heat and cold.
Truck engines – The transport trucks used by waste disposal companies run for long intervals with a lot of stop-and-go driving, setting and idling. The environment is usually very damp and dirty with a wide temperature variation. This type of service can cause extensive soot accumulation and possible full dilution of the engine oil. For these situations, LE recommends:
- Monolec Ultra® Engine Oil (8800)
- Monolec® Ultrablend Engine Oil (8130)
- Monolec® GFS Engine Oil (8430-8440)
- L-X® Heavy Duty Chemical Supplement (2300)
- Diesel Fuel Improvers
Automatic & powershift transmissions – Trucks may be equipped with either a manual transmission or with a powershift/automatic transmission. Dirt, moisture, heavy loads and overheating can be common problems due to frequent stop and start driving. LE recommends:
- Monolec® Syn Multi-Vehicle ATF (1150)
- Monolec® Power Fluid (7500)
Manual transmissions – LE recommends:
- Monolec® Gear Lubricant (703-704)
- Monolec® GFS Engine Oil (8450)
Standard differentials – These are manufactured by Eaton, Rockwell and Spicer/Dana. Common problems: dirt, moisture, shock, heavy loads and start and stop driving. For these concerns, LE recommends:
- Duolec® Vari-Purpose Gear Lubricants (1600 series)
- Monolec® Gear Lubricant (703-704)
- Synolec® Gear Lubricant (9920)
U-joints and suspensions – These include drivelines, kingpins, spring shackle pins and steering components. Typical issues include dirt, moisture, shock, heavy loads, stop and start driving and driver abuse. For these concerns, LE recommends:
- Almagard® Vari-Purpose Lubricant (3752)
LE also carries products designed for wheel bearings, hydraulics, chains and cables, tracks and open gears. For recommendations, talk to a lubrication specialist by contacting your local LE distributor.
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When it comes to lubrication, there are four specific areas of concern within the forestry industry: logging, hauling, wood yard and saw mills. LE has great experience within each of these areas.
Modern tree-farming practices on both company-owned and private woodlands, together with the use of saw mill slabs and edgings, have made it possible to use trees that were thought valueless for the production of paper and allied wood products just a few years ago. Portions of trees once left in forests after logging, and wood scrap once burned as waste in lumber manufacturing, are now converted to paper and other pulp products. Some pulp mills operate entirely on chipped wood left over from nearby mills and saw mills, so not one additional tree need be harvested to supply them.
In dealing with environmental issues such as clean air and water quality standards, LE products and services offer benefits that far outperform those offered by our competitors. An excellent example of this is the introduction of our Low Tox® hydraulic and turbine oils.
Challenges & opportunities
Equipment used in the lumber and wood industry has been modified and improved in design for greater efficiency. Higher production rates impose great demands on the lubricants because higher speeds, greater loading, and longer operation are key factors in achieving the increase. The result is a need for high-quality, high-performance lubricants.
These lubricants must be able to withstand abrasive and corrosive contaminants such as fine sawdust, moisture, hot and cold operating environments, acids and caustics. Heavy loading and high speed operation also place demands on the lubricants. LE lubricants are formulated to operate in these severe environments with unprecedented performance levels.
LE lubricants are engineered to handle moisture, heat and high loads and perform when other conventional or specialty lubricants provide short-lived or ineffective performance.
LE lubricants are designed to be environmentally friendly while prolonging equipment life, reducing downtime and increasing uptime. The cost-effectiveness of LE lubricants helps strengthen company profits.
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