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More Trucking Operators Are Considering Air Suspension

The air suspension truck has been around for quite some time now. With a suspension that offers complete adjustability between performance and comfort, the air suspension trucks were expected to change the entire industry. Journeys would be safer and more efficient as drivers suffer less fatigue. These new trucks were anticipated to dominate the industry. It has been many years since the first air suspension truck was introduced, yet the number of trucks on the road that are equipped with air suspension is well below what was expected.

Concerns regarding reliability have held back the popularity of air suspension trucks since its introduction. Air suspensions generally have shorter time between needing repairs compared to conventional systems. Repairs were also significantly more expensive.

However, recent surveys within the industry have revealed that more trucking operators are considering air suspension. The advancements in automotive technology and material development has led to more durable components and systems that has virtually brought the air suspension system technology on par with conventional suspension systems.

Also due to increasing demand for faster delivery of goods and worsening of traffic, trucking companies are taking all possible measures for speeding up journeys. The improved ride quality offered by air suspension means that drivers can drive longer without suffering from the effects of fatigue. They can focus more and require fewer stops.

Another key factor to the increased interest in air suspension is the fact that operators that bought conventional trucks around the time that the first air suspension trucks were introduced is now on the market again for buying new vehicles.

Water Contamination Of Lubricating Oil

There have been plenty of articles regarding the effects of contamination to lubricating oil. The presence of foreign particles in the lubricant can decrease the life of machine components like valves, pumps and bearings. That is why countless of dollars are spent for filtration systems that maintain the cleanliness of the oil. However, the harmful effects of contamination is not limited to solid contaminants. In certain operations, water contamination of lubricating oil and other lubricant products pose greater danger to machines.

Water on lubricant

The danger presented by water contamination of oil depends on its quantity. It gets dissolved and spread throughout the oil if the quantity of water is very little. The dissolved water has little to no impact on lubricant performance or life expectancy of machine components.

Water contamination starts becoming a serious issue once water level in the oil is beyond that of the ability of the oil to keep it in dissolved form. Water droplets start to develop or a layer of free water is created. At this point, the water can interfere with the ability of the oil to form a film over the surfaces of the mechanical components. This can greatly increase the wear on the components.

There are applications where water contamination of lubricating oil is impossible to avoid. In these situations, it is extremely essential to keep an eye on the water content to avoid the potential damages that can result from too much water content.

Biodegradable Lubrication

It has been quite awhile since biodegradable lubricants were introduced. This class of lubricants were meant to address the growing concern regarding environmental effects caused by the production and discharges of mineral-based lubricants. But even after being on the market for quite some time, the number of machine shops using these lubrication products are still relatively few. This can be attributed to old practices and mindsets.

green lubrication

If the current lubricant is performing well as needed, there is very little reason to change to a new product whose performance is yet to be determined. People tend fall into a routine, resulting to current practices staying the same.

Truth be told, many operators are not aware of the new products on the market. It is usually not until an occurrence like a discharge, government agency involvement or new personnel entering the facility that old practices are questioned and new ideas are considered.

The current economy also makes it hard to make operational changes. There are more crucial issues that companies have to address and details regarding lubrication often take a backseat unless there is a threat to the operation. However, there are companies that are actively searching for products and implementing techniques that maximize efficiency while also protecting the environment.

The higher cost of biodegradable lubricants compared to mineral-based oil is another issue to its limited use. This prevents smaller shops from changing to the eco-friendly lubricants. It is important to remember that the cost not only involves the lubricant but also the preparation process which involves cleaning out the machine completely. This can take a significant amount of time away from production.

Polyurethane Adhesives and Bonding

Adhesive bonding is becoming the preferred method for attaching components in various manufacturing industry. Thanks to the development of new products such as polyurethane adhesives, the speed of manufacturing operations can be increased. In the current manufacturing world where speed and efficiency is key to the survival of businesses, the modern adhesives are becoming crucial tools.

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this is a picture of polyurethane adhesives

A perfect example is the automobile manufacturing industry which is greatly benefiting from the developments in adhesive science. The installation of certain components can be sped up by replacing conventional attachments such as nuts and bolts or screws with the combination of adhesives and rivets.

This was not possible in the past due to older kinds of adhesives not having sufficient initial bonding strength. This meant that the components had to be clamped down and must finish curing before it can be sent to the next stage of the manufacturing process. The adhesives in the past simply did not have the qualities that many modern adhesives feature.

Quick curing and strong initial bond are qualities that has allowed polyurethane and other modern adhesives to be used in manufacturing. These two qualities allowed personnel to slap on two components to each other and immediately send them to the next process. There is no need for clamping and waiting for the adhesive to cure.

The use of adhesives also help in lowering the total weight of the manufacturing products as less locking instruments are needed to secure components. This is very important in the current world wherein every kilogram matters in achieving maximum fuel efficiency.