Technical Articles

Dow Corning - Molykote® has published these technical articles:

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The problem was, the air wasn't the only thing being removed. Every time the vibrators started up, they threw off grease needed to lubricate the bearings. This caused excessive wear and premature...
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ST Services manufactures meter/mix dispensing equipment that their customers use for molding silicone rubber medical products. Founded in 1995, they sell about $1 million worth of equipment a year....
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A U.S. food processing plant relies on a rotary screw compressor to provide power for hand equipment throughout the plant. Mineral oils were originally used as coolants and lubricants with this...
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A U.S. food processing plant employs hydraulic drive systems to operate "dumpers" in material handling applications throughout the facility. Mineral oils were originally used for lubrication and...
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Tribology - the science and engineering of interacting surfaces in relative motion - is used to study effects of different lubricants on friction and wear. Starting with a discussion of basic...
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increases in the use of modern, carbon-neutral and sustainable sources of energy. To reach this goal, renewable types of energy are needed, and wind energy is expected to become the major contributor....
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In his book, Friction and Wear of Materials, Ernest Rabinowicz estimated that roughly 70% of reduction in equipment usefulness over time results from machine surface degradation caused by wear or...
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The company makes a precast hollow-core concrete roofing/flooring plank system with the trade name Flexicore™. The system is used in hotels, motels, schools, prisons and other commercial...
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Lubrication technicians helped a chemicals manufacturer drive costs down by solving a vacuum pump failure, increasing the pump's maintenance intervals 15-fold and saving over $12,000 in related costs...
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Noble Drilling Corporation had unacceptable failure rates in stainless steel threaded connections on its steerable rotary drilling equipment. Each time the failed drilling sections required removal...
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Because conventional mineral oils are produced in a conventional refining process, they contain a significant amount of "impurities." The high percentage of impurities shortens the oil's service...
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To understand the advantages of this premium fluid, consideration should be given to special demands of the application. In a rotary screw compressor, the lubricant performs several difficult...
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Oil additives in convention mineral oil reacted with process gases causing oil sludging, corrosion and pitting inside the vacuum casing resulting in mean time between failure of 42 days. Each failure...
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A national manufacturer of frozen, low-calorie meals was experiencing problems with its conveyor chain in its frozen-food plant. The conventional chain oil in use contained a tackifying agent, added...
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manufacturer was using an ester-containing extreme-pressure (EP) synthetic gear oil in custom-built gearboxes on meat slicing machines. The EP gear oil, which came into close proximity with unpackaged...
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A U.S. manufacturer of smoked meats and sausages was experiencing a high degree of chain rusting and wear. This was related to frequent wash-up. Water emulsified with aromatics in the mineral oil...
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Exposure to high levels of water vapor in the air being removed from a food processing chamber caused premature failure of the mineral oil used to lubricate the vacuum pump under ordinary operating...