Friction is the worst enemy of efficiency, as demonstrated by the 100 million terajoules needed worldwide annually to overcome it (1). However, improved-technology lubricating oil can significantly boost efficiency; most modern cars, for example, use very low viscosity engine oils while being much more efficient, powerful, and reliable than past models. As mineral oils have become replaced by synthetic types, specialty lubricants and meticulous monitoring can also benefit industrial applications – for example in the chemical industry, which is the largest user of both energy and fossil fuels.
Challenge for the chemical industry
We help our customers to fulfil continuous improvement requirements and meet external targets to become applicants for incentives programs. Compressors, gearboxes, heat transfer systems and exchangers are all considered as applications with energy-saving possibilities. The process results in clear, simple reporting of relevant values, including cost savings, CO2 emissions, ROI, and energy consumption.
The use of mineral oils in industrial compressor applications is obsolete. Mineral oil is well-known for its poor viscosity vs temperature behavior and low resistance to oxidation. Mineral oil-based lubricants tend to quickly degrade in new technology and high-output compressors. The high operating temperature causes a drastic viscosity drop and premature wear by allowing metal-to-metal friction. Mineral oil degradation will most likely generate varnish and sludge, affecting equipment efficiency.
Klüber Lubrication has a full range of Klüber Summit compressor oils, whatever your compressor technology type. Customers suspecting poor efficiency in compressor applications can benefit from the KlüberMonitor oil condition analysis and KlüberEnergy programs to troubleshoot issues.
If varnish or sludge has built up in your screw-type compressor, you can clean it with Klüber Summit Varnasolv and then convert to a Klüber Summit compressor oil for efficiency gains of up to 5 percent.
Keep your equipment clean to maintain efficiency
Klüber Summit Varnasolv is a concentrated conditioner fluid that acts like a detergent/dispersant to dissolve varnish and carbon deposits during operation in various equipment items, with no dismantling needed. It is miscible with mineral oils, synthetic hydrocarbons, ester oils and polyglycols. The product can also recondition and restore efficiency in oil heat transfer systems that have accumulated a hard deposit, known as fluid coking, on piping inner surfaces. If not eliminated, fluid coking can decrease system heat transfer coefficient, increase energy consumption and exhaust gas temperature, and even block pipelines, inducing fire and explosion hazard.
As many chemical enterprises juggle choices regarding carbon footprint and limited production capacity, they can either add new production lines and pay accordingly, or improve process efficiencies. Sometimes, customers decide to use the improved energy efficiency realized by our specialty lubricants to increase production rather than reduce energy demand.
Whatever your energy efficiency ambition or business objective, you are welcome to contact us for a free technical consultation. Our application knowledge combined with our specialty lubricants is the winning recipe to improve your process efficiency and reliability.