Castrol develops next-generation gear oils for industrial sector17 September 2018

Lubricants company Castrol has launched an innovative gear oil to help industry reduce energy consumption and prevent unexpected downtime caused by gear failures.

The technology in the Castrol Optigear Synthetic PD ES range works at the microscopic level by smoothing the metal surface of the gear, reducing friction and protecting gears from wear. The range is approved for use with Flender-Siemens gears.

Says Daryl Luke, global product manager for Gear Oils at Castrol: “This range of next generation gear oils are designed to reduce friction and protect gear boxes. This contributes to customers lowering production costs by increasing uptime; reducing energy consumption; and extending both equipment and oil life.”

The firm says that the Castrol Optigear Synthetic PD ES range reduces energy consumption and extends lubrication intervals by lowering frictional torque by 30% and delivering superior surface protection.

The reduction in friction is achieved through a three-step micro-smoothing effect of plastic deformation at the gears’ surface. Under a microscope the metal surface of a gear looks like a mountain landscape with peaks and valleys. Castrol’s technology improves the surface quality by smoothing out the peaks and valleys, resulting in a very low coefficient of friction. Lower friction can also lead to lower operating temperatures, as less heat is generated indicating there is less wear on the equipment.

The firm adds that the Optigear Synthetic PD ES range meets the latest Flender OEM specifications, including approvals for Flender helical, bevel-helical, planetary gearboxes and ‘marine gear units without multi-disk clutches‘ as well as geared motors.

To find out more about how Castrol Optigear Synthetic PD ES range can provide long-term protection for industrial gears, contact a Castrol sales engineer.

Adam Offord

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