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Nano-ceramic grease extends maintenance interval 6x

A new high-performance nano-ceramic grease has proven to significantly extend the service life of bearings operating in washdown conditions. The grease is being used on lift truck wheel bearings for frozen food processing and handling...


Lubrication

June 1, 2014
By MRO Magazine
MRO Magazine

A new high-performance nano-ceramic grease has proven to significantly extend the service life of bearings operating in washdown conditions. The grease is being used on lift truck wheel bearings for frozen food processing and handling facilities.

Previously, maintenance personnel had been greasing wheel bearings weekly but still experienced significant failures within seven days. After switching to Daylube nano-ceramic food-grade grease, maintenance intervals were extended to six weeks with virtually no failures. The elimination of failures and extending of the service intervals decreased labour input and increased profit margins.

This high-performance grease maintains its original viscosity and adhesion even after daily pressure washing. The grease is ideal for extreme environments – including hot and cold, dusty and dirty, or wet and humid conditions. Industries that can benefit from it include food processing, mining and aggregates, and manufacturing.

Nano-ceramic particles act as sub-microscopic ball bearings to provide continuous lubrication to steel surfaces, allowing the lubricant to last up to 10 times longer than other greases. With a much lower coefficient of friction at all temperatures than traditional PTFE greases, this chemically inert grease is also environmentally friendly. It is NSF-H1 Food Grade Certified. It suits a wide range of industrial applications, such as the protection of bearings, bushings, cables, cams, chains, conveyors, gears, lifters, machine parts, robotics, slides and wear plates.

Daylube operates in temperature ranges from -40°F to 800°F and the nano-ceramic particles remain intact to 2500°F. It has survived the ASTME 4-ball weld test with no weld and minimal damage to all ball bearings. Other greases, in comparison, produced a soft weld after two seconds and complete failure or major damage to all bearings.

The grease has high load-bearing properties, a low dielectric constant, does not contain metal or silicone and is resistant to steam, acids and most chemical products.

“A six-time increase in service intervals, such as achieved here, is common,” said Brian Marsh, a manager at Dayton Progress.

In addition to nano-ceramic grease, Dayton Progress Canada, Woodbridge, ON, offers a standard line of precision punches, pilots, die buttons and retainers, as well as other custom tooling. Its products are sold through independent distributors.

For details, visit www.daytonprogress.ca.