Krytox™ Lube For Life

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Krytox™ Electric Motor Lube For Life

A North American company improves equipment reliability by switching lubricants and joining the Lube for Life program.

A major pulp and paper mill located in Western Canada wanted to improve the average operating life of its 3000 electric motor operating in a harsh environment without incurring additional costs for equipment or manpower.

The Challenge

For this application, the pulp and paper mill needed a ball bearing lubricant that could last the expected lifetime of their motors without the implementation of a cost prohibitive re-lubrication process. The mill’s reliability superintendent knew he could not afford to implement a system that relied upon ongoing re-greasing because of the additional equipment needed, unavoidable downtime and labor costs. However, he also realized that a more sophisticated greasing program was necessary to meet the increasing recommendations of industry experts and to avoid rebuilding and/or replacing failed motors.

The Solutions

After researching available options, the reliability superintendent turned to Krytox™ for help. Working with the Krytox™ technical service team, the mill implemented the use of Krytox™ grease AUT 2E45 on 100 motors as a pilot and the mill is now able to run its electric motors for their expected lifetime with no bearing failures attributed to lubrication. Switching to Krytox™ lubricants also avoided having to implement a re-lubrication process all together, saving significant manpower and downtime. The end result was a cost-effective, simplified process that not only met, but exceeded their expectations.

Key Advantages

  • Using Krytox™ lubricant AUT 2E45, the pulp and paper mill was able to extend the service life of its electric motors and help ensure long-term reliability of the motor’s ball bearings.
  • Krytox™ lubricant AUT 2E45 enabled the mill to avoid implementing a cost re-lubrication process.
  • Krytox™ lubricants can be used in other electric motor applications to prevent oxidation and ensure no lubricant gum-up or breakdown for the lifetime of the motor. Excellent film-forming viscosity also enables the electric motors to spin with less resistant friction, leading to less maintenance and fewer bearing replacements.

Krytox™ greases offer the potential for lube for life lubrication in demanding electrical motor service. Krytox™ greases are non-oxidizing, water resistant, non-flammable and chemically inert.

Krytox™ greases contain perfluoropolyether (PFPE) oil and a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) thickener. The PFPE oil and PTFE thickener will not oxidize and gum up like ordinary synthetic or hydrocarbon-based greases. Krytox™ greases are recommended by many major bearing manufacturers for long-life lubrication in severe applications. The superior film-forming capability of Krytox™ greases provide a thicker oil layer and reduce wear. Krytox™ greases are compatible with metals and most seal materials, but require removal of all old lubrications from the motor bearings before application. To learn more about Krytox™ Lube for Life greases please click this link.

Krytox™ is  a trademark of The Chemours Company FC, LLC.

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