INDURATING MACHINES AT SINTER AND PALLET PLANT

High loads with constant exposure to dust and high temperatures characterize operation of an indurating machine at Sinter and Pellet plant. Addressing a customer concern of repetitive bearing failures, It was observed that due to high temperatures the bearings in applications such as trolley wheel and slide track experienced lubricant starvation due to oxidation leading to premature bearing failures and leakage in sealings respectively.

Grease for this high temperature application area needs to maintain its viscosity at elevated temperatures and also should be able to retain high strength film between friction partners to withstand generated loads. Berutox range by BECHEM are developed in combination with mineral and synthetic base oils with comprehensive additive package to resist oxidation and provide efficient lubrication at high temperatures.

LUBRICANT FOR INDURATING MACHINES

Berutox FH 28 KN

Fully synthetic grease for long life lubrication with excellent consistency-temperature behaviour. This high temperature grease also provides excellent resistance to water, chemical and steam ingress. Protects bearings from corrosion.

Applications: Berutox FH 28 KN is recommended for bearings and applications subjected to high temperatures such as drying kilns, conveyor systems, paint shop trolley wheels, hot air fans, annealing furnaces, electric motors etc. Suitable for lubrication of pulp press bearings in paper plants.

ProductThickenerBase OilTemp Range °CSend Your Queries
Berutox FH 28 KN

  • Roller
    bearing
  • High load
  • High Tempratures
  • Compatible with plastics
  • Corrosion protection
  • Resistant to water
  • Plain bearings
PolyureaPolyalphaolefin-30 to +180
+200 short term

BECHEM for Integrated Steel Plant

Conditions in steel manufacturing process pose tribological challenges due to extreme process temperatures, presence of corrosive cooling liquids, abrasive dust, shock-loads etc. Therefore the operational environment on a lubricant is very demanding and severe. The lubricant is primarily desired to provide a strong protective film with high degree of separation, be inert to entraining process fluids, resist tribo-corrosion and withstand high operating temperatures.

While operational breakdown costs are exponential, the lubrication technology to be employed requires careful consideration. BECHEM’s Berutox, Highlub and Beruplex range of specialty lubricants have been developed in order to surpass the demands in virtually all critical applications of an integrated steel plant.

BECHEM’s customised solutions complemented with unparalleled service help customers achieve higher productivity levels by mitigating machine downtime and extending equipment life.

Benefits for your Application

  • Excellent consistency/temperature properties
  • High corrosion protection
  • Very good water resistance
  • Very good wear protection
  • Excellent pumpability
  • Minimising of friction and wear
  • Wide service temperature range
  • Increased base oil viscosity
  • Extreme pressure properties

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Greases are made by mixing a solid material, called a thickener, with a base oil and property enhancing additives; but it’s the oil that forms the lubrication film. For better understanding, grease thickener can be thought of as a sponge saturated with oil. Moving parts squeeze the oil out of the sponge like thickener for forming the lubrication film. Typically, the base oil constitutes the largest proportion of grease weight at about 80-90%, followed by thickener at 10 to 20% and additives under 10%.

Dropping point of a lubricating grease is an indicator of the heat resistance of the grease. and is the temperature at which the grease is no more a thickened lubricating medium. The dropping point indicates the upper temperature limit at which a grease retains its structure, not the maximum temperature at which a grease may be used.

Few greases have the ability to regain their original structure after cooling down from the dropping point.

The most important feature of a grease is its consistency. A grease that is too stiff may not get pumped into areas requiring lubrication. While a grease that is too fluid may leak out. Grease consistency depends on the type and amount of thickener used and the viscosity of its base oil. A grease consistency is its resistance to deformation by an applied force.

The measure of consistency is called penetration. Penetration depends on whether the consistency has been altered by working. Standard test procedures established by American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM) and accepted by industry are ASTM D 217 and D 1403, measure penetration of unworked and worked greases.

The NLGI has established consistency numbers ranging from 000 to 6, corresponding to specified ranges of penetration distance of the standard cone into the test grease. Table below lists the NLGI grease classifications along with a description of the consistency of each classification.

Viscosity: It is a measure of resistance to flow of a lubricating oil.

Viscosity index: It is defined as rate of change of viscosity with respect to temperature.

Significance:

  • It is the most important property which determines the performance of lubricating oils under the influence of temperature
  • A lubricating oil should have sufficient viscosity to retain a lubricating film on the surface
  • On machine part moving at slow speeds under high pressures, a high viscous oil should be used as it better resists being squeezed out from between the rubbing parts.  Light oils can be used for lower pressures and high speeds.
  • It is not possible to maintain a liquid oil film between two moving or sliding surfaces if the viscosity is too low and hence excessive wear will occur.

The pour point of an oil is the minimum temperature at which the oil turns into semi solid and almost losses its flow characteristic. At low temperatures, the viscosity of the oil will be very high, causing the oil to resist flow. This is important in equipment that operates in a cold environment or handles cold fluids.

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