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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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.

Industrial Lubricants & It’s Importance to a Business

Attaining a high efficiency in using an equipment is impossible without the existence of industrial lubricants. Hence, companies now are continuously innovating industrial lubricants in order to keep up with the evolving needs a particular industry. Quality lubricants are now one of the most important products in any industry dealing with machines and its absence will result to the deterioration of the company’s output.

Industrial Lubricants

Industrial Lubricants

Lubricant is a substance which reduces frictions by making surfaces smooth.

Application of lubricants is commonly used in automotive, marine, metal working and industrial companies. It has three physical states namely liquid, semi-liquid and solid. Some of the examples of liquid lubricants are turbine oils, gear oils and motor oils. As for semi-liquid lubricants, its examples are vaseline and greases.

Molybdenum disulphide, graphites and Teflon are the most popular solid lubricants.
An industrial lubricant serves many purposes, one of f which is to reduce the friction to ensure a polished process. It can also minimize metal surfaces from corroding or deteriorating due to the temperature, water or acid. Another important use of an industrial lubricant is that it reduces the temperature of a machine and lastly, it protects the whole system by keeping out contaminants.


Industrial lubricants are applied in various machineries such as turbines, bearings, hydraulic systems, pneumatic tools and open and closed gears. These products, which are otherwise known as heat transfer fluids, also have anti-wearing properties in order to avoid the wearing of the pumps.Some of the common additives are anti-foaming agents, rust & corrosion inhibitors, anti-oxidants and metal deactivators. An additiveis also an integral element in the lubricant since it increases the viscosity of a lubricant or the oil’s resistance to shear and flow.


For instance, anti-wearing additive zincdialkyldithiophosphate (ZnDDP) is contained in engine oils. In gas turbine oils, the additives used are tricresylphosphateor other phosphate esters. And where there is a less need for anti-wear protection, Phosphorous additives are utilized.


If there is no industrial lubricant, a catastrophe may result in the factory. Imagine your hand being rubbed for several times; such repetition will result in your hand getting warm and eventually causing injuries in it. The same outcome happens in using machinery.


However, it must be stressed out that using a lubricant is not enough; one has to buy the appropriate product depending on the temperature requirement of the equipment, its speed and load. Since lubricants are used for different purposes, there are a lot of kinds of lubricants out in the market today. The specification of one machinery is different from the other so one has to watch out in choosing the right industrial lubricant. All aspects must be considered in order to avoid any damage to the equipment as well as to the operator and workers.


Company owners have different goals depending on the industry they are in but they are all the same in aiming for a machine that has a longer life, high efficiency and unparalleled reliability. Undoubtedly, lubricants have a big role in any industry and they make work easier and faster.

Industrial Lubricants: The Basics

Industrial Lubricants are essential to many applications from design to installation. For the most part, these lubricants are used to reduce friction between surfaces in contact with each other. However, these lubricants offer more to us in the realm of enhancing our machines’ productivity.



A quality industrial lubricant will generally carry the following characteristics: A high boiling point and low freezing point, thermal stability, demulsibility, high viscosity index, hydraulic stability, corrosion prevention, and oxidation resistance. These combined characteristics allow a multitude of applications to be performed properly and safely.

In addition, there are many different types of lubricants: Synthetic oils, biolubricants, solid lubricants, base oils, and aqueous lubricants. One of the simplest and most common forms is motor oil. Motor oil is used to protect, clean, and assist internal combustion engines.

Lubricants are generally used to lubricate moving parts in a system. This helps reduce surface fatigue, heat, operating noise, and vibrations. Alternatively, high flow systems require heat to be transferred from part to part or system-to-system. Lubricants have the ability to transfer heat from one area to another. A classic example of heat transfer is within an oil-cooled turbo charger.

More importantly, lubricants carry dirt and debris away from vital parts of a machine, seal for gases, and prevent corrosion. One of the most useful characteristics of oil is its ability to clean and protect. These abilities especially help within internal combustion systems. Lastly, lubricants can also transmit power. Hydraulic systems utilize lubricants to transmit power from one end of its system to another in order to reduce the amount of moving parts required.

Using high quality industrial lubricants can ensure a safe and productive operation; however, low quality lubricants pose a hazard to machines and the humans operating them. Low quality lubricants can cause negative effects such as: parts generating too much friction and causing smoke or fire, damage to parts, and lowered machine efficiency.

While the use of industrial lubricants is widely used globally, disposal of these products must be done properly; otherwise it may have negative effects on the environment. Due to this, there are many regulations on the disposal of lubricants. The most common issue with the disposal of these lubricants is that they can end up spilling into the ground, affecting pipelines and roadways.

From design to installation, industrial lubricants are essential to applications around the world. Industrial lubricants will only serve to assist in our machines’ productivity.

Nordson EFD unveil their new Pro Series

Nordson EFD have brought out The Pro Series. It’s an automatic system for dispensing fluid that can be smoothly integrated into existing manufacturing processes.

The new series includes a camera with smart vision. This can capture detailed images of component parts and turn them into digital files with high resolution. The camera system integrates with more new software from EFD. Their DispenseMotion makes set up easy and gives an on screen preview of the dispensing path which helps with programming.

The Pro4L Series includes a laser height sensor that can find height variations on the surface of a product and then correct the height of the dispenser to stop deposits being uneven. It also helps to prevent damage to the tip or work piece.

The new systems have been designed to use a syringe barrel and valve system which ensures that fluid dispensing is absolutely precise. The platforms vary in size and can work alone or as part of an automatic system.

Kelvin Fernandez, Product Manager for Nordson EFD said

“Nordson EFD’s new Pro Series automated dispensing system ‘thinks’. Programming is going to be much faster because it’s simple to learn and it’s easier to visually see your dispensing path, as you set the parameters. And with the closed-loop system, it’s constantly checking to make sure that your dispensing process stays in control.”

For more information visit nordsonefd.com

Source: machinerylubrication.com

Lukoil Announce Truck Deliveries of Lubes to Western Europe

The Russian lube company Lukoi have started truck deliveries of base oils going to blenders in Western Europe. Tankers are delivering American Petroleum Institute oils (Group I solvent neutral 150 and 500 oils) from Belgium. Lukoil rent storage at the Hemiksem terminal near Antwerp.

Alexey Strelchenko, LLK International’s deputy general director, said

“This type of [base oil] distribution has been requested by our customers – primarily finished industrial grease producers – because of its convenience. The location of our storage facility in Belgium optimizes logistics for Lukoil base oils”.

Oil tankers take Lukoil’s base oils from the port of Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea. This month, Lukoil say they expect to deliver around 1,500 tons of base oils to customers throughout Western Europe this month. (October 2014)

Source: Lube Report

Henley partner with AutoTex Pink

Henley Enterprises (the biggest franchisee of Valvoline Instant Oil Change) are to partner with AutoTex Pink (a division of WEXCO Industries) for the third year running to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. AutoTex Pink wiper blades are available from hundreds of Valvoline Instant Oil Changes over 12 states with a percentage of each sale going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Each of Henley’s locations is making a donation to the Foundation.

Source: Oil & Lube

2013 Global Demand for Finished Lubricant around 36.3 Million Tons

Anuj Kumar, Project Manager for the Energy Practice at Kline & Company, has announced the results of study which demonstrate that last year, there was a 36.3 million ton Global demand for lubricant basestocks.

The potential supply for 2013 was estimated to be 39.2 million tons.

The results of Kline’s Study ‘Global Lubricant Basestocks: Market Analysis and Opportunities’ were unveiled during a presentation on the Internet earlier this month.

The study covered all categories of major lubricant basestock including:

  •         Group I, II, II+, III,
  •         Gas-to-liquid (GTL),
  •         Naphthenic,
  •         Polyalfaolefins (PAO),

with the focus on the first three.

Kline say that while Group I basestocks still satisfy over 50% of global demand they predict that Group III will have the highest growth in demand.

Source: OEM/Lube News

Shell and Hyundai Joint Venture Starts Production

The joint venture company, Hyundai and Shell Base Oil Co., Ltd have opened a new plant in South Korea for manufacturing base oil. They say that the plant will produce around 13,000 barrels (650 kilo tonnes) of API Group II base oils each year.

The Executive Vice President of Shell Lubricant, Mark Gainsborough said

“As the demand for higher quality lubricants is on the rise in Asia, the region is shifting away from Group I base oils towards increased use of Group II and Group III base oils. This plant contributes significant Group II base oil supply to Shell’s supply chain in the region, helping us grow our premium lubricants business in Asia, especially in China and Northeast Asia.”

The plant in Daesan was built in response to the increasing Asian demand for Group II base oils. The plant was built in an astonishing twenty months – almost two months ahead of schedule.

Shell already has three other production plants for base oils in Singapore, Taiwan and Japan. The Shell production plants in Asia work with their existing network on nineteen blending plants in the area. They are currently building two more blending plants. One is in China and the other in Indonesia.