Case Study: Bearing Grease for Food Processing Machines
A manufacturer of food processing machines was experiencing frequent downtimes and finding broken bearings in their machines. Their machinery included oilseed processing equipment, ranging from loop-type extractors, crashing machines, chain and sprockets, etc.
It was determined that the frequent breakdowns were a result of lubricant leakage and the lubricant not sufficiently handling the high temperatures present in the food processing machines.
The manufacturer, therefore, required a lubricating solution that could withstand high loads, medium speeds and high temperatures. In addition, the lubricant had to be reliable and not leak out of the machinery.
The Solution – Molykote G-4700
Molykote experts worked with the manufacturer to determine an effective solution. The chosen solution was Molykote G-4700.
Molykote G-4700 is a synthetic extreme-pressure grease that combines the benefits of a wide range of operating temperatures and wide compatibility with various materials. It provides excellent performance over a wide temperature range, high wear resistance, and high load-carrying capacity. It can be used on rolling elements and plain bearings, pivot bolts, cams, guides, forms, drive screws, gears, splines and other elements of the machine.
As a result of using Molykote G-4700 as a bearing grease on the food processing machines, the manufacturers were able to:
- Save significant costs through avoiding downtimes and re-lubrication
- Meet high load, medium speed and high-temperature specifications
- Eliminate lubricant leaks
- Protect against wear and corrosion
In addition, Molykote lubricants have effectively been used in managing vibrational loads, reducing thread failure, lubricating bearings, avoiding microwelding of pipes, and sealing industrial furnaces; proving their reliable performance in extremely challenging environments.