The Various Functions of Lubricants

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Primary Functions of Lubricants

The primary functions of lubricants, used in all rotating and sliding components of modern machinery, is to REDUCE FRICTION and MINIMIZE WEAR.

A lubricant with the right viscosity inserts itself in between 2 sliding or rolling surfaces, preventing the full contact between the surfaces > reducing friction.

By reducing friction and minimizing wear, premature component failure is prevented, maximizing machine productivity.

Secondary Functions of Lubricants

Lubricants are also used for the following purposes:

  • Prevent rust and corrosion on metal components.
  • Act as a medium for the generation of force (hydraulics).
  • Absorb heat generated by frictional forces.
  • Ensure that the lubrication system is clean by keeping contamination particulates suspended in the fluid, and thus carried to the filters.

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