What does a lubricant do? Your first thought might be of an oil or grease applied to machinery parts to keep them moving smoothly. However, there is much more to the story and to the functions that a lubricant serves. Take a look at the many advantages that proper lubrication system can offer.
Keep Friction And Wear At Bay
Lubrication does more than make surfaces slick and slippery. It provides a coating to prevent metal-on-metal contact between the surfaces of moving parts. No matter how polished and smooth these surfaces may appear, they actually have rough surfaces at a microscopic level. Tiny peaks (called asperities) stick out and scrape against opposing surfaces, causing friction.
Friction interferes with smooth motion. It also causes heat, increases surface wear and can lead to equipment failure. Proper lubrication creates a layer of film between moving parts to thwart friction, thereby promoting smoother operation and longer equipment life.
The protective layer formed by lubrication helps safeguard component surfaces against rust and corrosion by preventing them from coming in contact with water or other corrosive substances. Lubricants also serve as conduits that suspend and carry away contaminants to filters or other separators in the system where they can be removed and not harm components.
Enhance Temperature Control
Lubricants absorb heat, drawing it away from surfaces. Depending on the application, a lubricant either dissipates the heat or transports it to a cooling device. In either case, lubricants help keep operational temperatures in balance and reduce the risk of heat-related component damage.