CASE STUDIES

Advanced jet fighter
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In May 1994, in the development phase of the Typhoon Eurofighter, BAe Systems wanted to ensure that the canopy release mechanism of the planned fighter jet would work under all conditions without fail. The company agreed to test the Lofrix® Dry friction inhibiting product with a view to using it in the Eurofighter ... more

Wind farm operation
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The reliability of wind turbines has always been a major problem for wind farm operators, with the life of gearboxes being a particular major technical and financial headache. Lubricants have consistently failed to adequately inhibit friction in moving components, which are under great load and subject to extreme ... more

Forklift truck service life
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A forklift truck is typically a heavily used piece of machinery found in a wide range of industrial and service locations. Loads carried and working conditions have a dramatic effect on machine life and maintenance cost. In many locations forklift trucks are hired rather than owned by the company using them. In this ... more

Clay brick extruder engine
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Energy and environmental costs in the brick making industry are escalating hugely. An opportunity to positively affect maintenance and service costs was considered valuable by one of the, already, most efficient manufacturers. A 500hp motor driven clay extruder gearbox had been in service for several years ... more

Industrial sand processing
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Internal surface friction and high current loads give rise to high running costs. In this client’s process, gearboxes driven by high amperage motors power a line of high volume wet sand cleaning machines. Each of eight motors is connected to a power metering device which records energy consumption ... more

Paper mill drying line bearings
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The majority of paper mills use synthetic or 320-second viscosity lubricating oil in drying line cylinder bearings. These lines run at elevated temperature to dry the paper. The rolls run at high rotating speed on substantial bearings. Once heated to operating temperature, oil is fed to bearings by circulating in a pressurised ... more