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Smooth running: right lubricants paramount for efficiency and lifespan

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Selection of proper lubricants is vital for car factory efficiency
Selection of proper lubricants is vital for car factory efficiency

Every industrial sector, whether automotive, food processing or wind power generation, requires lubricants that meet particular manufacturing requirements.

The average car has in the region of 250 friction points, each with different lubrication requirements and, although inconspicuous and invisible to the car’s occupants, automotive manufacturers and component suppliers have to be sure that any lubricant used fulfils their requirements for the lifespan of the vehicle, which makes selecting the right lubricant paramount.

Eliminate unwanted noises with customised solutions

Creating a comfortable feeling for passengers is an important consideration for car manufacturers, which is why developers and engineers work hard to prevent unwanted BSR (Buzz, Squeak & Rattle) and NVH (Noise, Vibration & Harshness) issues during the design and build stages. Since noise, especially inside the car, is often generated by micro stick-slip movement between adjacent components and materials, matching specific lubricants with specific applications can reduce noise. Klüber Lubrication has developed a handy kit with 14 lubricants which reduce stick-slip effects and thus reduce noise. The new version of this kit also includes the new Klüberplex RA 41-151, which helps to prevent unwanted odours in the vehicle. The first version of the kit was introduced in 2015 and received great feedback from OEMs including: Bosch, Volkswagen, General Motors, Ford, Daimler, Porsche, BMW, PSA, and FIAT.

Special paste prevents undesirable noise during brake operation

When stepping on the brake in a car, annoying squeaking noises may occur even if all components are in perfect condition; such noises are often generated in the brake pad guides where the base plates of the pads are subject to very high loads and have to slide short distances. Klüber Lubrication has developed its new Klüberpaste HM 96-402 for moving parts in drum and caliper brakes, which offers not only prevention of undesirable noises, but is also highly resistant to washout and compatible with all standard EPDM seals.

The new special paste can be applied by the OEM as well as in the after-market by car repair shops when replacing brake pads.

Efficiency for your assembly line

In automotive assembly plants speciality lubricants for Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) need to perform when under attack from ambient media, such as pre-treatment chemicals, or when exposed to high temperatures. One such area where temperatures are high is the paint shop, which is one of the key processes in automotive manufacturing and it is the most demanding operation for the lubricants. As the paint shop is one of the biggest bottlenecks of automobile production, generating approximately 25% of the total cost of the assembly plant, selection of proper lubricants is extremely important. Klüber Lubrication offers special lubricants for paint shop operations which provide excellent lubrication properties even at temperature as high as 260°C. By selecting the correct lubricating grease to cope with these conditions you can lower maintenance costs and so avoid unplanned machine stops or downtime.

For more information visit klueber.com or email info@uk.klueber.com.

Content published by Professional Engineering does not necessarily represent the views of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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