The Lofrix® product range was created through a long period of development specifically to tackle the costly scourge to industry of the effects of friction. It is estimated that friction consumes between 30% and 50% of all energy used in the movement event.
According to Lars Pleth Nielsen, Manager of the Tribology Center at the Danish Technological Institute and President of ENIWEP (the European Network for Industrial Wear Prevention), estimates show that between 2 and 4 percent of an industrialized country’s gross domestic product (GDP) is lost through friction and to mechanical parts wearing out.This represents an approximate cost of between:
- £30billion and £60billion p.a. when these figures are applied to the UK economy;
- $300billion and $600billion p.a. for the US economy; and
- €265billion and €530billon p.a. across the EU economies
Since its development, Lofrix® has been successfully trialled and tested by many reputable global companies who are all now valued customers. Further proof of the friction reducing properties of Lofrix® has been obtained through well-documented independent tests undertaken by academic institutions, including Huddersfield University.
When added to oils and blended into greases, Lofrix® significantly reduces friction between metal surfaces. Lofrix®, as an additive, is mixed with existing oils at a dilution rate of a minimum of 1% of volume. This applies to Lofrix® mixed with lubrication oils e.g. for gearboxes. It is also the same dilution factor for hydraulic systems. For greases, Lofrix® is added at manufacture as a blend and the complete greases provided.
The result of 20 years of research and development in the combined fields of tribology and metallurgy, the Lofrix® range consists of:
- Lofrix® Original – for use with lubricants
- Lofrix® Dry – for coating surfaces
- Lofrix® Windpower – for use in the wind sector
- Lofrix® Hydraulic – for use in hydraulic fluids
- Lofrix® Greases
In 2006 Envirolink recognised the ground-breaking benefits of Lofrix® with an award for Innovation and Excellence in Environmental Technologies and Services.
The award-winning Lofrix® product range has been used for in excess of 7,000,000 operational hours by a number of blue-chip clients in a range of industrial sectors including:
- Power stations
- Wind turbines
- Paper making
- Brick, cement and aggregate manufacture
- Metal working
"Following an extensive period of testing and evaluation of Lofrix, I am completely satisfied that the installation of the product in our operational assets will dramatically reduce equipment failure, increase reliability, help maintain the quality of the lubricating oil and thus extending the life of the turbine gearboxes. A rapid pay-back of investment is also anticipated, as preventing just one catastrophic gearbox failure will offset the cost of installation of the product. As a result of this we are in the process of implementing a planned roll-out, wherein Lofrix will be added to all of our out-of-warranty turbines."
Gordon MacLean, UK Sales and Service Manager, ScottishPower Renewables