FUCHS LUBRICANTS SOUTH AFRICA industrial lubricants improve productivity and energy efficiency

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Ffrom agriculture to forestry, automotive, foundry, cement, glass industry, machinery, equipment and metal processing, many processes run smoothly only thanks to specially developed lubricant solutions.

“Our industrial lubricants can make a significant contribution to improving productivity and efficiency and reducing energy consumption,” says Lesley Barnard, Aftermarket Manager at FUCHS LUBRICANTS SOUTH AFRICA.

Examples include hydraulic systems, transmissions and many other applications.

The hydraulic fluid market is growing due to the increasing use of hydraulic equipment in many different sectors.

Hydraulic systems are widely used in harsh applications because they are designed to operate at high temperatures, high pressures and other complex conditions, which supports market growth, Barnard points out.

“We produce and supply a wide range of hydraulic oils, which sets us apart from our competitors,” adds Ashleigh Pollen, Industrial and Specialty Manager.

These include zinc-free mineral hydraulic oils (RENOLIN HO), high viscosity index hydraulic fluids (RENOLIN B HVI PLUS), synthetic hydraulic oils (RENOLIN UNISYN OL), biodegradable hydraulic oils (PLANTOHYD), flame-retardant hydraulic fluids (RENOSAFE) and oils hydraulic approved for contact with food, meeting NSF H1 requirements for incidental contact with food (CASSIDA FM HYDRAULIC OIL, mineral and CASSIDA FLUID HF, fully synthetic).

Increased demand for wear protection for hydraulic pumps, higher system pressures and lower oil volumes have resulted in greater demand for more advanced products.

“FUCHS constantly strives to be at the forefront of development to meet the increasingly higher demands of the industry.

Whether you are looking for a product that saves energy, is less harmful to the environment, has exceptional low-temperature properties, or simply needs effective protection for your machinery, we have the right product for you,” says Barnard.

FUCHS is committed to application-oriented development directly at the customer and in cooperation with the customer, in order to optimally adapt lubricants to process and machine requirements.

In addition, FUCHS attaches great importance to fundamental research and maintains involvement in interdisciplinary research projects and partnerships with universities, academic institutions, biotechnology companies and key customers such as OEMs.

FUCHS has extensive laboratory and simulation capabilities, and all product development is accompanied by intensive testing.

About 80% of all machine failures are due to contaminated oil and poor filtration. However, most of these cases could have been avoided with regular checks in the form of analyzes and other inspections of the oil and filters.

Although regular laboratory analysis of hydraulic oil in smaller systems is not always cost-effective, performing a basic visual inspection once a week or at similar intervals will protect the system from disruptions, damage and sudden, unexpected downtime.

Effective lubrication of the hydraulic system is crucial for optimal performance in many industries. FUCHS hydraulic fluids offer the following benefits:

  • Energy saving: Proper lubrication saves energy by reducing friction and minimizing energy loss in hydraulic systems. Selecting the correct oil viscosity is crucial. Lower viscosity oils move more easily through the system, reducing energy consumption.
  • Difficult conditions: Plumbing equipment must function reliably. FUCHS hydraulic oils are designed to withstand low temperatures, eliminating the need for energy-intensive heaters in hydraulic tanks.
  • Cleanliness: Dirt and debris can interfere with the operation of hydraulic systems. FUCHS places emphasis on cleanliness, recommending appropriate filters and proper handling when refilling. FUCHS ester-based oils have cleansing properties and prevent varnish formation.
  • Pollution prevention: Contaminated hydraulic oil can have disastrous consequences. FUCHS hydraulic fluids are designed to maintain a low water content and prevent water from binding to the oil. Separate refill containers for different lubricants also reduce the risk of contamination.

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