Knowing how to select the right grease depends on many factors and can save you time and money!
While most people might assume that grease is a rather simple all-purpose product, there’s a whole world of factors that you would want to consider when picking grease. Quite a common misconception is that the function of grease is denoted by colors. A common conversation between customers and sales reps transcripts clients asking for a particular color of grease.
From a technical point of view, the only role played by the color of the grease is its tendency to wear out faster than other properties of the lubricant. For example, if you bought a red grease and it has turned brown or black, it tells you the grease is starting to wear out. So by that standard, it is safe to assume that color is more of a marketing approach used by manufacturers to clearly distinguish the different types of grease within their product range.
If colour is not important in selecting a grease, then what should you be looking for to find the right grease for your application? Let’s zero in on five attributes.
Keeping these factors in mind will go a long way in helping you choose the right lubricant for the application at hand. However, it is imperative that you take the OEMs recommendations for selecting grease products having given the exact details of your operating environment and application to ensure your equipment runs optimally at all times. Choosing the right lubricants for your equipment might take a little bit of research but will save you large amounts of capital, whether human or financial in terms of maintenance and safety.
With over 35 years in the oil and gas industry, Dan Holdmeyer has worked for Chevron the past 14 years, serving in a variety of capacities with the company in addition to his current post as Industrial and Coolants Brand Manager where he works as a lubrication engineer that supports Chevron Delo and other related lubricants brands. He plays an integral role in supporting and managing a variety of programs related to off-highway and on-highway lubrication needs. Dan also works as Chevron’s Training Specialist for their Global Lubricants division since joining the company. Prior to joining Chevron, Dan worked as a Field Engineer at Mobil Oil Corporation for 20 years (1979-99) after graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.
Using the right grease helps protect your heavy machinery from extreme temperatures, pressures, and impact, extending reliability and service life and saving you money in the long run.