Thinks to Know About Eco-friendly Lubricants
When it comes to protecting the environment, we all need to play our part. In this industry, this means working hard to prevent improper disposal and improving environmentally friendly products. the latter has made great strides in recent years, but we still have more work to do as we strive for better eco-friendly and sustainable alternatives to our petroleum-based products.
So have you considered trying a more eco-friendly lubricant for your operation? If so, here are some things to consider as you determine whether today’s eco-friendly lubricants are right for you:
Biodegradable is the most environmentally friendly term
If your aim is virtually to be as eco-friendly as feasible, look for the time period “biodegradable” rather than “bio-based totally,” “eco-friendly,” or “inexperienced.” Like the entirety, labels for lubricants can be deceptive. Just because an oil is labeled “green,” doesn’t mean it’s actually good for the environment. It may just be free of heavy metals or some other minor difference, but it is not 100% plant-based unless it is labeled as biodegradable. Even the closely related term “bio-based” only guarantees that the product is partially plant-based.
Eco-friendly lubricants are better at reducing friction
There are actually some benefits to vegetable-based oils above and beyond being eco-friendly. Some lubricants made from vegetable oils have actually been found to have higher lubricity and higher flash points – making them both more efficient and safer to use.
Vegetable and petroleum oils do not always mix.
If you are using mineral or synthetic-based oils, your new plant-based oil may not be compatible. Petroleum and vegetable oils have different compositions that can sometimes be more viscous when they are separated and combined. Always be sure to ask your supplier whether a new biodegradable oil is compatible with your previously used oils.
Temperature sensitivity is the major downfall.
When it comes to plant-based lubricants, there’s a big catch. Due to the organic nature of the product’s composition, lubricants made from vegetable oil suffer from low oxidation and thermal stability. This means that biodegradable lubricants are susceptible to decomposition at extremely high temperatures. At the other end of the spectrum, biodegradable lubricants can also become very viscous (thick and sticky) in extremely cold temperatures, which can make them difficult to apply and fail to lubricate properly.
Now that you know some of the advantages and disadvantages of biodegradable and eco-friendly lubricants, we hope you will be able to make a more informed decision about the best oil base for your operation if you are still unsure and would like more information, General Petroleum, Inc. Contact oil experts. We look forward to helping you choose the best products for your unique operation as we strive to provide as many durable lubrication options as possible for the future of your operation.
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