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The growing industrial lubricants market in India is encouraging multinational companies to consolidate their position in the country

FLUID POWER Boosting the Manufacturing Sector: A guide to cutting-edge lubricants

Dec 12, 2018

India is witnessing a new industrial age. Buoyed by the government’s robust policy thrust and the new initiatives to encourage local manufacturing, fresh investments are pouring into India’s core industrial sectors. Even as the Indian industry is benchmarking with the best-in-the-world to emerge as a global manufacturing hub, cutting-edge technologies and best-in-class resources are being deployed in the country’s manufacturing domain. With these technologies demanding the finest new-age lubrication solutions, the positive developments in the manufacturing sector are a harbinger of new opportunities for the lubricants market. This cover story explores the breakthrough lubricant solutions for the manufacturing sector, which will help boost its productivity and profitability, while enhancing safety and environmental care.

The growing industrial lubricants market in India is encouraging multinational companies to consolidate their position in the country. The increasing demand for high quality and high performance lubricants is encouraging global majors like, Mobil to shift to local manufacturing, bringing cutting-edge, technologically superior specialty lubricants for the Indian customers. As newer manufacturing technologies gain momentum, the lubricant industry is gearing up to meet the need for customised specialty products, giving Indian customers best-in-class products developed through global expertise of decades.

India is a key market on the global manufacturing map and given its relatively low per capita consumption of lubricant, there is immense potential for growth in line with global trends for years to come. Manufacturers in India are waking to the benefits of technologically superior world-class lubricants that may command a slight premium over conventional lubricants, but yield huge dividends in terms of improved productivity, significant cost savings and enhanced profitability. Companies like ExxonMobil are bringing their decades of legacy and next-generation technologies in delivering lubrication solutions to help customers optimise their maintenance programs, improve equipment performance, ensure safety and enhance sustainability of their operations.

Achieving operational excellence

As an industry leader in lubricants, ExxonMobil has specialised lubrication products across industries, sectors and applications. From power generation, general manufacturing, metal working, food and beverage processing to pulp and paper, cement, construction, metals and mining, Mobil is enabling industrial companies to achieve excellence in their manufacturing operations.

Research and Development (R&D) is at the core of Mobil’s culture of innovation and customisation. Each year, ExxonMobil globally invests around $1 billion on R&D alone. As a company, ExxonMobil places tremendous emphasis on R&D, working side-by-side with the world’s leading original equipment manufacturers to develop the most effective products and maintenance solutions.

Even as OEMs and manufacturers are switching to the superior synthetic oils vis-the-vis the conventional mineral oils for their advanced lubrication needs, Mobil has brought its SHC™ line of the latest lubricants that far exceed the capabilities of conventional oils. Under severe operating conditions, such as, high temperatures, loads and pressures, frequent starts and stops, wide operating temperature ranges and even contamination, Mobil SHC lubricants become even more critical to ensure reliable operations—be it gears, compressors, bearings or air compressors. For instance, the upper operating limit for Mobil SHC lubricants is a full 50°C higher than the maximum operating temperatures for high-quality mineral oils.

These synthetic lubricants offer long oil life and extend equipment life, creating less waste and potential energy savings while helping increase worker safety by minimising potentially hazardous maintenance.

High performance anti-wear solutions

Constructed from selected base oils and a proprietary additive system to provide well balanced performance in a range of manufacturing applications, Mobil lubricants are high performance anti-wear products specifically designed to meet the needs of modern, high pressure, industrial and mobile equipment systems.

Mobil DTE 10 Excel™ Series has premium quality hydraulic oils that exhibit outstanding oxidation and thermal stability, allowing long oil life and minimised deposit formation in severe hydraulic systems, using high pressure, high output pumps. The innovative clean performance protects critical hydraulic system components from malfunction, such as, tight tolerance servo and proportional valves, found in many modern hydraulic systems.

Mobilcut™ Series of aqueous metalworking fluids are high performance water-miscible metal removal fluids. Formulated with leading edge base oils, additives and emulsifiers, the Mobilcut series of non-chlorinated products provides dependable performance in a wide array of metal removal processes. The products are designed to work in a variety of hard and soft water qualities and offer low foam potential and long-term corrosion protection for machine and components. Low maintenance and inherently stable, Mobilcut products are designed for the modern machine shop, where long service life, excellent machining performance and health and environmental concerns are important factors for increased productivity.

Mobil Vactra™ Oil Numbered Series are premium-quality slideway lubricants specifically designed to meet the requirements for accuracy, aqueous coolant separability and equipment protection of precision machine tools. The unique additive package provides exceptional frictional properties on a wide variety of way materials, including steel on steel and steel on polymer, reducing stick-slip and chatter. This allows smooth, uniform motion at design travel speeds enhancing machine productivity and accuracy, helping to prolong tool life and enhance surface finish.

New-age lubrication solutions

The Mobil SHC line of products, with primary applications in the manufacturing sector, are recognised and appreciated around the world for innovation and outstanding performance. The new-age lubrication solutions provide exceptional performance in the continually evolving industrial equipment designs. These synthetic products, pioneered by Mobil’s research scientists, symbolise the continuing commitment to using advanced technology to provide lubricants with excellent balanced performance.

The state-of-art SHC line include the following:

Mobil SHC™ Elite is a breakthrough synthetic gear and bearing circulating oil that has been specifically engineered to deliver long-lasting protection for machines operating under extreme temperatures in the manufacturing sector. The Mobil SHC Elite delivers 12 times the oil life of mineral oils and double the oil life of regular synthetic oils, even in continuous high operating temperatures and extreme operating conditions. This qualifies it as a potential replacement for glycol-based lubricants and mitigates the risk involved in mixing glycol-based products with incompatible mineral oils and most synthetic lubricants.

Mobil SHC™ Gear Series is a line of performance synthetic industrial gear oils, designed to provide outstanding protection of gears and bearings, extended oil life even under extreme conditions, helping to enable problem-free operation of equipment and increased customer productivity. These scientifically engineered synthetic lubricants are formulated from base fluids that have exceptional oxidation and thermal properties and excellent low-temperature fluidity. The high viscosity index of these oils deliver less change in viscosity with changes in temperature, enabling wider operating temperature range and improved low temperature startup.

Mobilgear™ SHC XMP Series synthetic gear oils, with Mobil’s polyalphaolefin (PAO) technology, are designed to provide optimum equipment protection and oil life under extreme conditions. The SHC XMP series is selected for its exceptional oxidation resistance and thermal properties, naturally high viscosity index, excellent low temperature fluidity and absence of undesirable compounds that are often found in mineral oils. The high viscosity index and low traction coefficient of this oil combine to help provide significant reduction in power consumption in many gear drives.

Mobilith SHC™ Series greases are superior performance products designed for a wide variety of applications at extremes of temperature. They combine the unique features of synthetic base fluids with those of a high quality lithium complex thickener. The wax-free nature of synthetic fluids and the low coefficient of traction provide excellent low temperature pumpability and very low starting and running torque. These products offer the potential for energy savings and can reduce operating temperatures in the load zone of spherical roller and ball bearings. The lithium complex thickener contributes excellent adhesion, structural stability and resistance to water.

Mobil SHC™ 600 Series lubricants are exceptional performance gear and bearing oils designed for problem-free operation and increased productivity. These scientifically engineered oils are formulated using the latest proprietary and patent pending Mobil SHC technology. The Mobil SHC 600 products feature improved air release performance in the lower viscosity grades. These products are resistant to mechanical shear, even in heavily loaded gear and high shear bearing applications.

Mobil SHC™ Rarus Series synthetic air compressor oils are formulated to deliver up to three times longer oil drain intervals than other synthetic air compressor lubricants. In fact, Mobil SHC Rarus oils have even demonstrated the ability to perform up to 24,000 hours in field tests, protecting vane and rotary screw air compressors. These oils can help minimise the need for maintenance and downtime, enhancing safety through exceptional durability, while supporting sustainability efforts with extended oil drain intervals.

Mobil SHC Polyrex™ Series greases deliver high-performance lubrication through advanced poly-urea thickener technology. The Mobil SHC PolyrexSeries greases are designed to offer high-temperature performance, excellent water resistance and balanced wear protection for a wide variety of industrial and food processing applications. These greases are NSF H1-registered for incidental food contact, assisting in HACCP facility programs, and making them particularly valuable for use in the food and beverage industry. They have demonstrated outstanding performance, with excellent load-carrying capabilities in steam-saturated conditions and dusty environments.

Commitment to high performance

Thus, with the ever-evolving need for innovation and outstanding performance, the aforementioned new-age lubrication solutions have showcased high performance in a diverse range of industrial equipment designs. These latest solutions not only demonstrate the continuous commitment for using advanced technologies to provide lubricants with a well balanced performance, but also cater to quality and performance standards globally.

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  • As newer manufacturing technologies gain momentum, the lubricant industry is gearing up to meet the need for customised specialty products, giving Indian customers best-in-class products developed through global expertise of decades

  • Manufacturers in India are waking to the benefits of technologically superior world-class lubricants that may command a slight premium over conventional lubricants, but yield huge dividends in terms of improved productivity, significant cost savings and enhanced profitability

  • Mobil SHC™ 600 Series lubricants are exceptional performance gear and bearing oils designed for problem-free operation and increased productivity

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