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.