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Machinery Lubrication Jan-Feb 2018

Machinery Lubrication magazine published by Noria Corporation

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www . | January - February 2018 | 41 products frequently gets pushed aside. Of course, there are those who are constantly looking for the best- performing products on the market and taking proactive steps to save the environment. e other issue is that biodegradable oils usually have a higher cost than mineral oils. is hinders smaller shops from changing to environmentally friendly lubricants. e cost not only involves the oils but also ensuring that all equipment is cleaned out completely before making the switch, since most vegetable oils and mineral oils don't mix well. Changing to biodegradable oils can be costly and take time away from production. Obviously, additional costs and downtime are two things most plants never want to hear and will be put off until absolutely necessary unless financial justification can be made. Biodegradable oils have many advantages over mineral-based oils. Anyone working in a machine shop knows of the dreaded oil mist. is mist consists of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and can cause dermatitis. With biodegradable oils, the oil misting is lessened, which means fewer VOCs entering the air and minimal skin- related issues. Using a vegetable oil may also improve lubricity. When deciding which lubricant is right for you, consider the application as well as your company values. Some industries may have policies on environmental impacts or be forced to adhere to government regu- lations. e process might even demand a biodegradable fluid. Whatever the case, be sure to evaluate all of your options. ML If you have a question for one of Noria's experts, email it to ML ALIGNMENT VIBRATION BALANCING ULTRASOUND WE OPTIMIZE YOUR MACHINES

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