Industrial lubricants are basically defined as components like fluids, greases, and liquids.
They are used in a large variety of equipment and applications. Most industrial lubricants include synthetic lubricants, emulsions, petroleum or mineral oils. They are most commonly used in aerospace, automotive, military and marine services.
Industrial lubricants are also a mixture of carefully matched components, the base oil, and additives which combine to determine the behaviour when in use, both in terms of performance and longer life.
Lubricants are mostly used to lessen the wear and tear of material while reducing binding and friction. In some extreme situations, they may also prevent and lessen electrical resistivity while increasing the thermal condition.
The lubricants are ideal because of its properties. It can prevent corrosion from both inner and outer surfaces where they are applied.
Another quality of industrial lubricants is the ability to carry thermal energy for various applications such as metalworking, machine cooling, and process heating.
There are 4 major classifications of lubricants. They are,
- Liquid lubricants
- Semisolid lubricants
- Solid lubricants
- Synthetic lubricants