Understanding Industrial Equipment and Our Manufacturing Legacy

I'm Sandra Adams, a blogger and enthusiast of many eclectic targets, including pottery and industrial equipment and supplies. I've traced my family tree as far back as I can go and there is not one moment where my family hasn't been involved in manufacturing. My dad worked as a mechanic repairing industrial machinery and if it wasn't for me, he wouldn't have anyone to pass down his knowledge to. I've always wanted to know what my dad was up to, so I'd ask him what he did everyday. I've always been really curious and this has lead me to develop a really strong understanding of industrial equipment. My love for industrial equipment hasn't waned and now I feel like sharing this knowledge with others. I've created this blog for this exact purpose.

Smooth Operations: A Look At Various Types Of Commercial Lubricants


In the world of machinery and industrial operations, commercial lubricants are indispensable. They reduce friction between moving parts, enhance performance, and extend equipment lifespan, playing a vital role in industries ranging from automotive to manufacturing, aviation, and more. Here are different types of commercial lubricants. 

Mineral Oil-Based Lubricants

Lubricants that use mineral oil are initially derived from crude oil, and they're a highly common type of commercial lubricant. They offer good lubrication properties and are cost-effective, making them a preferred choice for a wide array of applications. These lubricants are typically used in engines, transmissions, and hydraulics, and their performance can be adjusted through refining and the addition of performance-enhancing additives.

Synthetic Lubricants

Synthetic lubricants are artificially made using chemically modified petroleum components rather than whole crude oil. These lubricants offer superior performance at extreme temperatures and harsh conditions, boasting better chemical and shear stability, reduced evaporation loss, and a longer lifespan than mineral oils. Synthetic lubricants are often used in high-performance and high-temperature applications, such as in aviation engines, industrial gearboxes, and high-speed turbines.


Greases are semi-solid lubricants made by combining oil (mineral or synthetic) with a thickening agent. They provide long-lasting lubrication and stay in place, making them suitable for applications where liquid lubricants might leak out. Greases are commonly used in automotive chassis, wheel bearings, heavy-duty equipment, and any areas requiring "stick-able" lubrication over a long period.

Penetrating Lubricants

Penetrating lubricants are specially formulated to loosen, lubricate, and protect corroded and rusted parts. They have low viscosity and are designed to seep into small spaces between threaded or tightly fitted parts, making them ideal for freeing stuck bolts, nuts, locks, and hinges.

Dry Lubricants

Dry lubricants, such as graphite and molybdenum disulfide, are used where wet lubricants cannot be applied due to dust or dirt attraction or high temperatures. They provide a thin layer of lubrication that can withstand extreme pressures and temperatures.  

Hydraulic Fluids

Hydraulic fluids are a special type of lubricant used to transfer power in hydraulic machinery, like excavators and backhoes. Besides lubricating, they also provide other functions such as heat transfer, power transmission, and rust prevention. Hydraulic fluids are formulated to resist changes in volume and viscosity to keep hydraulic systems running efficiently.

Biodegradable Lubricants

Biodegradable lubricants are an increasingly popular type in various industries due to their environmental benefits. These lubricants, primarily composed of vegetable oils or synthetic esters, are designed to break down over time when exposed to the environment, minimizing potential pollution.

Contact a local commercial lubricant company, such as Jubitz Corp, to learn more. 


21 June 2023