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|Serious Lubricants for Industrial Applications
synthetic lubricants are superior to conventional
petroleum lubricants. Petroleum lubricants are refined
from crude oil, a natural substance pumped from the
earth and containing diverse chemicals. Some of the
chemicals in petroleum oil are detrimental to the
lubrication process and to the lubricated components.
For example, some petroleum oil chemicals invite oxidation
in high temperature operations. Oxidation quickly
destroys lubricant integrity.
Synthetic lubes, on the
other hand, are not refined from crude oil, but constructed
from pure chemicals selected for their ability to
lubricate. The purity of synthetic lubricant basestocks
significantly reduces lubricant oxidation, which
promotes the ability of synthetics to be used in
higher tempresature applications than conventional
lubes may be and promotes their ability to be used
for extended drain intervals. In fact, AMSOIL synthetic
lubricants are specifically formulated for extended
The molecular uniformity of carefully
selected synthetic lubes promotes superior lubrication
and friction reduction, which in turn promotes superior
heat control, wear control and energy efficiency.
Molecular uniformity also helps synthetics maintain
their protective viscosity in high temperature operations,
which also promotes superior wear control.
The superior performance
and protection afforded your equipment by AMSOIL
synthetic lubricants adds up to increased productive
time and profits for you.
Case Example: Cogentrix
Shelton points to a picture of an
oil samples on the wall in his office.
The picture sits above a "wall chart
spread sheet" that Shelton implemented
to monitor equipment drain intervals
as they relate to oil analysis results.
Amsoil and Cogentrix teamed up to
design an oil analysis program tailor
made to meet their needs.
The Richmond power generating
facility utilizes four standardized 60-megawatt
stoker coal-fired modules to provide 240-megawatts
of generating capacity. It provides 200 megawatts
of capacity to Virginia Electric and Power Company
while delivering an average of 420,000 pounds
of steam to the nearby Du Pont manufacturing
facility. Construction began in February 1991
with completion, start-up and commercial operation
declared in two phases; Phase 1 in May 1992
and Phase 2 in August 1992.
The maintenance supervisor at Cogentrix was
interested in reducing maintenance cost and
minimizing the amount of waste oil the plant
produced. With that goal in mind, the decision
was made to experiment with Amsoil synthetic
lubricants in the plant's cooling tower gearboxes
in 1995. A synthetic lubricant was chosen because
they last longer and can be changed less often.
The decision was also made to utilize oil analysis
as a proactive maintenance tool. This enabled
them to closely monitor the condition of the
equipment and the oil while the drain intervals
were extended. The combination of Amsoil synthetic
lubricants and oil analysis significantly reduced
the costs associated with oil changes and waste
oil disposal. Ultimately, the decision to extend
drain intervals has significantly reduced operating
costs at the plant. In addition, the decision
is in complete alignment with Cogentrix's ongoing
commitment to environmental excellence.
We began experimenting with Amsoil synthetic gear oil in our cooling tower gear
boxes in 1995. These gearboxes have a fifteen-gallon capacity and were routinely
changed at 6-month intervals when we were using petroleum gear oil. Five of the
cooling towers run continuously (24 hours a day) while the other 5 units run
on average twelve hours per day. When these gearboxes were switched over to Amsoil,
maintenance practices changed drastically. Instead of changing the oil at 6-month
intervals, samples were taken to monitor the condition of the lubricant. The
results were surprising! The analysis reports showed that the oil was good for
continued use. Currently, these gearboxes are averaging 24 months between oil
The bucket elevator gearbox is located at the top of this silo (photo right).
We used to change the petroleum gear oil every six months. Changing gear oil
out of these units is a labor-intensive endeavor because of the climb. Extending
the drain intervals in this application significantly reduced labor costs.The
gear oil looks brand new even after four years.