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How To Find Reliable Lubrication Solutions For Coastal Environments.

Oxidation, rust, corrosion, and water exposure can be significantly higher along South Africa’s coastal belt. So much so that coastal conditions are often classified as “extreme condition environments”. This doesn’t have to mean, however, that components operating in coastal plants will always have a shorter lifespan or run less efficiently

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Single-Point Lubricators Help Sustain A Five-Year Streak Without Breakdowns

After a food manufacturing plant suffered frequent breakdowns of its electrical motors, Lubrication Engineers (LE) South Africa recommended the use of single-point lubricators to automate the accurate dispensing of lubrication to all the bearings around the plant. As a result of the automated lubricators being installed, over five years later

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Food Grade Lubricants and Ship to Shore Cranes

Lubrication Engineers (LE) South Africa assisted the Port of Ngqura in the Eastern Cape, run by Transnet on an issue they were experiencing regarding their Ship to Shore cranes. Their Problem Every time they lubricated the electrical power supply cables, to the spreader, the lubricant would be scrapped off or

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LE South Africa celebrates 50 years of reliability solutions

Lubrication Engineers (LE) South Africa celebrates its 50th birthday in 2022 – a major milestone for the company, which has now been family-run for three generations. The company is celebrating 50 years of providing specialist lubrication products and reliability solutions to the local market, and plans to continue expanding its

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Using correct lubrication to get the most out of plain bearings

Plain bearings are renowned for their ability to operate for many years under heavy loads and in extremely harsh operating conditions with little wear or need for attention. This makes them a good choice for intense applications. However, in order to get the most out of them over the long

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Gear Oils Categories and Their Importance

A lubricant’s viscosity is arguably its most important property – its resistance to flow and shear. Viscosity can be influenced by several factors, from contamination to temperature. Multi-viscosity oils have been developed to cater to a wider range of grades and temperatures. Ford explains that the Society of Automotive Engineers

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The importance of grease compatibility

Mixing greases that aren’t compatible can cause equipment problems – from softening of the grease to hardening, bleeding, separation or even catastrophic failure of components. “It is always best practice to avoid mixing any types of grease,” says Callum Ford, National Marketing Manager at Lubrication Engineers (LE) South Africa. “However,

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Getting to Grips with Grease Composition

Grease is made of three main components – base oil, thickener and additives. The base oil makes up the biggest part of the mix (normally between 80% – 95% by weight of a typical grease). Understanding the basics of grease composition helps to ensure that you choose the best grease

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Lubrication for Harsh Coal Processing Environments

Coal processing and transportation require unique lubrication solutions to preserve equipment performance because of the prevalence of fine coal particles (duff) and their corrosive impact on coal-handling machinery. Along with fine particles, heavy loads, shocks and jars are typical of coal operations and lubricants designed to withstand these conditions are

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Lubrication solutions for plastics manufacturing

Plastics are an ever-growing and significant industrial sector, meaning that plastics production, moulding and conversion operations need the support of high-quality lubricants to ensure long-lasting performance. While there are some general application lubricants that can work well in different parts of the plastics production process, in some cases, specialist functions

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Lubrication Basics

Friction and lubrication are concepts that most people understand, but probably rarely think about. Yet both are central to various aspects of everyday life. Callum Ford, National Marketing Manager at Lubrication Engineers (LE) South Africa, believes that a foundational understanding of friction, lubrication and viscosity will help anyone working with

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Sustainable Lubrication Solutions

More and more businesses and investors are adopting Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) reporting and investing, as the global trend towards measuring the sustainability and societal impact of organisations increases. While equipment lubrication has long been recognised as an area where businesses can cut down on power usage, thus

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