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Environmentally friendly wire rope lubricants
2nd Quarter 2019, Other technologies


In a rapidly changing global climate with every industry under pressure to mitigate environmental damage, even wire rope lubrication can play its part. Wire ropes need to be well lubricated to withstand increasingly harsh climate conditions, especially in the maritime and mining industries, but the lubricants used on them can negatively affect the environment. Thankfully, products are now available that help to minimise adverse effects.

The value of products like the Earthwise range supplied by Lubrication Engineers (LE) is immense because of their focus on non-toxicity. LE’s Earthwise EAL Wire Rope Grease (3353) is a certified environmentally acceptable lubricant and is recommended for use in applications on or near waterways. It is readily biodegradable, exhibits minimal aquatic toxicity and will not accumulate in the cells of aquatic life forms. LE also supplies a wire rope lubricant, Wirelife Almasol Coating Grease, for the mining sector. This lubricant is highly tacky, ensuring that it sticks to the rope and doesn’t fall onto the ground.

The Viper lubricator comes in three different sizes to accommodate different rope thicknesses. As the wire rope is passed through the Viper system, the lubrication is applied to the rope. It provides grease penetration, displaces moisture from the rope’s core, provides total coverage, even for large ropes, prolongs the lifespan and improves the performance of the ropes. The reduced risks compared to manual greasing include it being safer to use, using smaller volumes of lubricant, and less leakage and mess. These all have a positive long-term benefit for the environment.

For more information contact Callum Ford, Lubrication Engineers, +27 11 464 1735, callum@lubricationengineers.co.za, www.lubricationengineers.co.za


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