Changing high-performance lubricants early means wasting valuable resources and increasing CO2 emissions needlessly!
Lubricants play a crucial role in industry as they reduce friction and wear in machinery and equipment. They ensure trouble-free operation and extend the service life of the equipment. At the same time, however, lubricants are associated with CO2 emissions resulting from their manufacturing process, transport and disposal. Consequently, the aim must be to make the consumption of lubricants as efficient and long-lasting as possible.
Lubricant analytics is an ideal way to monitor the condition of lubricants in machines and the machines themselves, and to optimise operations. Regular analysis can identify potential problems such as oxidation, contamination and the wear of lubricated components early. Analytics enable targeted maintenance and determine the exact time to replace lubricants in order to ensure optimal performance. For this reason, many well-known equipment manufacturers link the oil service life to an accompanying oil analysis. For example, a major manufacturer of construction machinery permits a change interval of 2,000 operating hours if the machine is accompanied by oil analyses. Otherwise an oil change interval of 500 operating hours is specified.
However, another aspect of lubricant analysis must not be forgotten. The analytics also have a decisive influence on the reduction of CO2:
- Extended oil-change intervals:
By monitoring the condition of the lubricant and replacing it in a targeted manner, the service life of the lubricants can be extended. This reduces the need for refills, any amounts of flushing oils and oil filters, and thus reduces the CO2 emissions associated with the production and disposal of lubricants.
- Reduced energy consumption:
Efficient lubrication results in less friction loss in machinery. This enables energy savings and reduces the CO2 emissions associated with energy production.
- Prevention of unplanned downtime:
By identifying problems early, lubricant analysis can reduce unplanned machine downtime and extend the lifetime of components and equipment. This also results in significant savings in terms of energy and CO2.
The positive influence of lubricant analysis on CO2 reduction is significant and varied. Some important aspects illustrate their contribution to this:
- Regular lubricant analyses and the targeted monitoring of the lubricant condition can reduce the need for refills. This leads to a reduction in CO2 emissions associated with the manufacturing, transportation and disposal of lubricants.
- Targeted maintenance based on the results of the lubricant analysis makes it possible to use the lubricant for longer without compromising the performance or operational safety of the machines. This reduces the need for regular lubricant changes, which in turn reduces CO2 emissions.
- Lubricant analysis enables problems such as wear, contamination or oxidation to be detected at an early stage. Correcting these problems in good time and using the right lubricants leads to improved machine efficiency. More efficient machines consume less energy, which leads to a reduction in CO2 emissions.
- Lubricant analysis enables proactive and preventive maintenance. By detecting problems early, maintenance can be planned and unplanned downtime is minimised. As a result, in addition to an unnecessary oil change, there is also no need to dispose of components, some of which would have also been replaced at fixed intervals. This not only increases productivity, but also reduces resource consumption and associated CO2 emissions.
- By implementing lubricant analyses for CO2 reduction, a company demonstrates its commitment to environmental protection and sustainability. This can improve the company’s image and contribute to stronger customer loyalty.