Specialty Lubricants Help Operate Textile Machinery with Efficiency
- Selecting the right lubricant ensures reliable operation of each machine element.
- Specialty lubricants offer reliable performance over a long service life and a wide temperature range.
Textile machines and their components are subject to high stress. Constantly changing and often high loads, vibrations and varying operating conditions requires robust equipment. External factors such as humidity and extreme temperature variations also play a role. Maintenance is an arduous task and is therefore carried out only at long intervals in many cases. These challenging conditions require specific lubricant solutions backed by OEM recommendations.
Therefore, selecting the right lubricant is paramount – for the initial lubrication of a component, as well as for relubrication during operation. After all, it is the lubricant that is responsible for ensuring the reliable operation of each machine element. The lubricants used are expected to offer reliable performance over a long service life and a wide temperature range, as well as good resistance to loads. For the operators, these characteristics mean long relubrication intervals for greases and a long lubricant life for oils. There are several specific applications where this idea applies.
Bearings in open-ended spinning turbines require dynamically light greases due to extreme speeds. Products that offer extended relubrication intervals fit these requirements. In addition, the lubrication of spinning rings is critical because wear and overheating impacts the life of the lubricant and its components.
Weaving technology has advanced over the years, and as a result, equipment demands have increased. A gear oil with the correct chemistry, viscosity and additive package for any loom needs to meet the manufacturer’s design requirements.
Dyeing and Finishing
The operating environment found in dyeing and finishing processes requires lubricants to function efficiently and effectively under harsh conditions. Therefore, the lubricants must be resistant to elevated temperatures, high humidity, steam, water and chemicals.
In the case of tenter frames, the lubricants are continuously subjected to high temperatures; therefore, ball bearing chains require PFPE greases and sliding chains use high-quality ester oils. Products that are specifically suited for each type of chain design provide longer component life and extended relubrication intervals.
Specialty lubricants play a major role in the efficient running of knitting machinery in order to maximize the life of the various components, such as needles, sinkers and cams. The impact on needle wear in particular can be significant, and the subsequent costs and resources associated with maintenance and replacement of parts affect your operating costs. The lubricant itself constitutes only a minor investment, but its effects can be tremendous.
Products with the highest capacity for wear protection, as well as the appropriate degree of scourability, are best suited to ensure a long service life. Additionally, utilizing lubricants that are NPE (nonylphenol ethoxylate) free provide assurance that these harmful chemicals are not present in your facility.
Choosing products that come with sales, service and application engineers can provide a number of benefits, such as:
- Consultation and recommendations on applications
- On-site, hands-on training
- Lube surveys and equipment lubricant mapping
- Energy efficiency studies
- Oil and grease analysis
- Evaluation of lubrication systems, including use of single point lubricators
Specialty lubricants for bearings, chains, gears, compressors and hydraulics can provide economical results for textile machinery, and choosing the right lubricant enables end users to operate with increased efficiency.