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Lubrication is vital to a plastics manufacturing operation. Labor shortages and increasing production goals result in a challenging operation, but AMSOIL Industrial lubricants can help you maximize output and improve productivity.

 

Lubrication Industry & Plant Challenges

Improper lubricant performance can devastate injection-molding operations. Varnish and other contaminants can result in increased maintenance costs and reduced productivity. Frequent oil changes result in more downtime and require a larger workforce in an already challenging environment.

Varnish

Varnish can cause sticking servo valves, increased wear on valves and pump seals and a decrease in heat-transfer effectiveness, leading to frequent and expensive replacement of machinery components and oil.

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Contamination

Water, dirt and other contaminants reduce lubricant effectiveness, causing increased wear to servos and other system components.

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High Energy Consumption

Average, low-price hydraulic oils can decrease efficiency and increase electricity usage.

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Molding Flash

Cheap, low-performance hydraulic fluids can fail to create adequate pressure during the manufacturing process, resulting in quality-control issues and decreased productivity.

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Productivity and Labor Cost

Contaminated lubricants lead to increased maintenance, repair and labor costs and reduced productivity due to unscheduled downtime.

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A properly implemented lubrication program can decrease maintenance costs and improve uptime, increasing productivity and efficiency. A good lubrication program looks beyond the price per gallon and considers the total operating costs of a lubricant.

AMSOIL Industrial Solutions

Our Certified Lubrication Specialists work alongside you to uncover the problems that are reducing productivity in your plastics manufacturing operation. We build enterprise relationships to help you understand the problems you’re facing and provide targeted recommendations so you can boost productivity and save money.

Lubricant Analysis

Protects valuable equipment by providing timely, accurate and easy-to-understand maintenance recommendations.

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Labeling & Handling

Our detailed product labels help reduce human error when adding lubricants or taking samples, saving you time and money.

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Consolidation

We can help find ways to consolidate lubricant inventory, which saves money and space while decreasing the risk of misapplication.

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Education

AMSOIL engineers help you understand the barriers to productivity and how a good lubricant program can overcome them.

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Varnish

You won't see varnish coming. Varnish particles are smaller than red blood cells and imperceptible to the human eye until they agglomerate. Varnish in hydraulic oil causes servo valves to stick, wear out and eventually fail. A new servo can cost well into five figures, not to mention the additional costs of lost production and maintenance. That’s why AMSOIL Synthetic Multi-Viscosity Hydraulic Oil is fortified with anti-varnish additives that chemically react with the building blocks of varnish, inhibiting its formation. It helps hydraulic systems remain clean for solid performance, immediate response and fewer breakdowns.

After 608 hours of strenuous pump testing in a Parker Hannifin (Denison) T6H20C Hybrid pump, the piston shoes demonstrated only moderate polishing and trace, random scratches, proving AMSOIL Synthetic Multi-Viscosity Hydraulic Oil excels at protecting yellow metals. The vane pump cam ring exhibited only light polishing and trace scratching, further confirming the excellent wear protection provided by the oil.


Contamination

Water is a common contaminant in plastics manufacturing processes and other industrial machines. Intense pressure inside the system increases temperature. These conditions can separate hydrogen and oxygen molecules, leaving hydrogen free to attack and embrittle metal components until they fail. The area in the upper left that looks like tooth decay is brittle metal that will eventually ruin the component.

This leaves the oxygen free to attack oil molecules and accelerate oxidation, creating harmful deposits and sludge that stick servos, plug filters and waste money.

Dirt and other particles can enter the system due to poor handling and lubricant-dispensing processes. These contaminants act like sandpaper and scour precision components until they wear out and require replacement, increasing costs.

AMSOIL Industrial can help eliminate destructive wear situations.


High Energy Consumption

Proper lubrication is a key component in any system optimized for efficiency. Oil that provides the optimum viscosity range for the application and operating conditions will reduce pumping losses, increase system efficiency and reduce electricity use in industrial equipment, which boosts production and saves money.


Molding Flash

There are multiple causes of molding flash, including improper lubrication. When a low-quality hydraulic fluid is used in a plastic-injection-molding machine, it may cause inadequate pressure to be applied during the injection, packing and holding phases of the process. This requires an additional deflashing step to be applied to the process, which is labor intensive and decreases overall productivity.

AMSOIL Industrial Lubricant Analysis helps protect valuable equipment by providing timely, accurate and easy-to-understand fluid analysis. Proper oil analysis detects early signs of contamination to maximize efficiency in your operation and decrease the risk of molding flash.

AMSOIL synthetic lubricants help prevent micropitting wear for optimum gearbox efficiency and life.


Productivity and Labor Cost

Lubrication budgets average less than 0.5% of a total maintenance budget yet it directly affects 100% of the productivity and profitability of the operation. Proper lubrication reduces unscheduled downtime and costly labor caused by maintenance overtime, and increases overall production.


Consolidation

Ordering, receiving, handling and storing multiple types of lubricants complicates business and wastes valuable floor space. Keeping several lubricants on hand also increases the potential for misapplication, which can lead to expensive downtime and repairs.

AMSOIL Certified Lubrication Specialists can analyze your lubrication program and identify ways to consolidate lubricants. We look at equipment needs, operating conditions and your business goals to determine the best lubricants for your specific situation.

Gaining this knowledge empowers you to make the best decisions for equipment maintenance, which ultimately maximizes productivity and profitability. It also relieves you of the burden of refining your lubrication program so you can focus on more pressing matters.

Rely on our 50+ years of experience in the lubrication industry to fine-tune your lubrication program, consolidate inventory and boost efficiency.


Education

We build enterprise relationships that deliver value beyond the sale of lubricants. One way we do that is through the education and insight we provide.

AMSOIL has been formulating lubricants that help solve the toughest challenges applications present for more than 50 years. Over that time, we’ve amassed a wealth of knowledge about lubrication science, application requirements and operating conditions. We understand the vital role lubricants play in optimizing productivity, from the benefits of using an anti-varnish hydraulic oil to protect servos in metal-stamping presses to fighting micropitting in heavily loaded industrial gearboxes.

We revel in sharing that information with our customers. Doing so empowers plant engineers and maintenance personnel to develop a lubrication program that optimizes efficiency, equipment life and productivity. It gives you the confidence to sleep a little better at night.


Labeling & Handling

Properly labeling and handling lubricants is one of the most important steps in preventing cross contamination. Busy plant personnel can easily top-off a reservoir with the incorrect viscosity of lubricant or the wrong lubricant altogether if your plant lacks a comprehensive labeling and handling process.

In severe cases, lubricant incompatibility can ruin equipment, causing expensive downtime and maintenance costs. Even if the machine doesn’t fail, you still need to shut down the equipment to change oil, wasting time and money.

The AMSOIL Industrial labeling & handling process helps prevent this scenario. We provide customized, durable aluminum tags to label every lubricant fill point and sampling port.

Scan the QR code on each custom label to quickly fill out lubricant-sample labels digitally, eliminating errors and saving your techs time.

Tags used at sampling ports include a QR code for technicians to scan with a mobile device, eliminating the hassle of filling out lubricant-sample labels by hand. This reduces clerical errors and speeds the lubricant-sampling process. Plus, it supports your ISO 9001 and 14001 management systems.

AMSOIL Industrial makes the process so simple that nearly anyone can top-off reservoirs with the correct lubricant and take lubricant samples with little training, saving your maintenance department time.

Scan the QR code on each custom label to quickly fill out lubricant-sample labels digitally, eliminating errors and saving your techs time.