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Biodegradable Lubricants for Steel Wires & Cables

In this article, we explore the use of top biodegradable lubricants for lubricating and maintaining steel wires and cables.

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Lubricants for Steel Wires & Cables

Biodegradable Lubricants for Steel Wires & Cables

Manufacturers using steel wires and cables must upkeep effective maintenance by lubricating their steel cables.

By doing this, they avoid a premature failure of the steel cables, which can otherwise lead to very dangerous situations. In addition, well-maintained cables lead to cheaper processes than having to replace them in the future.

Steel cables come in all shapes and sizes and are used in many applications. In maritime environments, steel cables run a very high risk of being exposed to moist and salty air, direct seawater, very low temperatures, and high loads that can wear down the cable; causing unexpected costs due to operational downtime.

Therefore, the correct choice of lubrication is essential for the service life of steel cables.

Lubrication Requirements for Steel Wires & Cables

With lubricants available in abundance, not every lubricant is suitable for the lubrication of steel cables.

An effective lubricant for steel cables must:

  • Adhere well to the steel cable, be water-resistant and resistant to washing off by water
  • Able to penetrate well into the core of the wire
  • Not able to dry quickly
  • Have a sufficiently wide temperature range
  • Be compatible with the materials used in steel cables
  • Be biodegradable

The Importance of Biodegradable Lubricants

Due to the increasing environmental requirements and stricter regulations regarding water pollution from the lubricants used in marine applications, biodegradability is an increasingly important property. This is now a requirement in more and more territorial waters.

KAJO BIO Marinegrease 320

KAJO provides biodegradable lubricants ideal for use in marine, railway and agricultural applications. Equipped with the EU Ecolabel and Blue Angel environmental labels, it enables superior lubrication of steel cables and wires with great sustainability.

KAJO BIO Marinegrease 320 biodegradable grease that can be used for the lubrication of steel cables and wires. The oil easily penetrates to the core of the steel cable and provides good protection from the inside. It is resistant to rain-washing and water, functions across a wide temperature range and is ideal for sensitive environments. It has proven long-lasting protection and can be applied manually or automatically.

Learn more about the use of industrial lubricants and how to avoid lubricant & oil contamination for the best results when lubricating steel cables.


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