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3 Industrial Lubricant Mistakes You Don't Want to Make

Jul 7th 2020

It's no secret that industrial lubricants are an essential part of your business. Metalworking fluids help keep machines running quickly and efficiently for long periods, providing better surface quality, extended tool life, and lower operating costs.

However, manufacturing companies aren't always as careful with their cutting fluids as they ought to be. In fact, according to a recent study, manufacturing companies estimate that up to 70% of their unplanned equipment shutdowns for the last three years were caused by incorrect lubricant selections or management.

To help keep your manufacturing equipment up and running correctly, here are some of the most common industrial lubricant mistakes manufacturers make and what you can do to prevent them.


  1. Forgetting about viscosity. Summer is officially here, and that means the viscosity of your lubricant is going to change with the rising temperature. Depending on the type of lubricant you're using, your lubricant will become thinner in the heat, which can make it difficult for the metalworking fluid to do its job. If you choose an industrial lubricant without considering how it changes in viscosity, you could end up with overheating machines and unplanned equipment shutdowns. Consider opting for synthetic lubricants, which are less likely to change in viscosity during changes in temperature.

  2. Assuming all metalworking fluids work the same. Viscosity isn't the only way that metalworking fluids differ. Industrial lubricants also differ in terms of quality and effectiveness. Talk to your oil wholesale distributor to learn more about which lubricants are best for your equipment. The right lubricant will extend the life of your machine parts, reduce metal scrap, and boost the effectiveness of your equipment. Don't assume you need to use the same type of lubricant every time, either. Making the switch to a higher-performance metalworking fluid can boost the rates at which you turn out parts, which increases customer satisfaction.

  3. Choosing the wrong distributor. Whether you're looking for Castrol oil distributors or Brayco lubricant distributors, it's important to make sure that you're researching to find a reputable company. Check out reviews, experience, and the types of products each distributor has to offer. Not all Castrol oil distributors are created equal.

  4. Looking for high-quality Castrol oil distributors? Santie Wholesale Oil Company has the industrial supplies for you. For more information about our specialty lubricants and other oil solutions, contact Santie Wholesale Oil Company today.