The Benefits of Synthetic Lubricants in Industrial Machinery
Mobil SHC vs. Mineral oils
Mobil SHC lubricants (link is external) offer advantages that mineral oils simply cannot match. Under severe operating conditions, such as high temperatures, loads and pressures, frequent starts and stops, wide operating temperature ranges, Mobil SHC lubricants become even more critical to help ensure reliable operations whether for gears, compressors, bearings, or air compressors.
For example, the upper operating limit for Mobil SHC lubricants is significantly higher than the maximum operating temperatures for high-quality mineral oils. And with excellent thermal stability and oxidation resistance, deposit formation can be reduced while extending oil drain intervals.
Mobil SHC lubricants are also useful while working in low temperature environments, as mineral oils tend to thicken to a greater degree. Their high viscosity index give Mobil SHC lubricants the ability to flow at low temperatures, while providing better film thickness and as a result, wear protection to machine elements at extreme temperatures.
All these attributes of Mobil SHC lubricants result in another potential positive: energy efficiency. Synthetics provide a thicker lubricant film at operating temperature compared to mineral oils, thus reducing the extent of metal-to-metal contact and the associated energy loss. Moreover, energy can be lost due to churn as mechanical parts move through oil: synthetics have a lower viscosity when compared to mineral oil counterparts of the same ISO viscosity grade at start-up, resulting in lower churn energy loss than a mineral oil. Finally, since Mobil SHC lubricants have a low traction coefficient, they behave better under high pressure.
Mobil SHC lubricants can help enhance operation, equipment availability and potentially improve productivity.