Mobil SHC Gear 220 oil improves energy efficiency of extruder by average of 3.3 percent

 3rd Apr 2012
  • Mobil SHC Gear is the latest lubricant to deliver benefits to Ostendorf
  • Average extruder gearbox temperature reduced by 5°C to help reduce wear and improve performance
  • Mobil SHC-branded lubricants designed to help businesses achieve a competitive advantage

Ostendorf, one of Germany’s largest producers of plastic pipes and shaped products, has achieved significant energy efficiency benefits following the introduction of Mobil SHC Gear 220. Mobil SHC Gear 220, part of ExxonMobil’s new line-up of high performance, fully-synthetic industrial gear oils, has delivered a 3.3 percent energy efficiency improvement in an extruder gearbox, while extending oil drain intervals.

Energy EfficiencyOstendorf, an existing user of Mobilgear SHC XMP Series lubricants in other applications, was keen to investigate whether potential energy efficiency benefits could be achieved by introducing ExxonMobil’s new Mobil SHC Gear Series into its operation. As a result, a field trial was initiated which involved a rigorous test programme on the new Mobil SHC Gear 220 on a Weber extruder gearbox and comparing to the existing lubricant being used, a competitors mineral ISO 220 gear oil.

The test programme was conducted in two phases. The first phase examined the existing lubricant Ostendorf was using in the gearbox across two different production cycles, using varied power consumption levels and material throughputs.

The second phase involved the gearbox being drained, flushed and refilled with Mobil SHC Gear 220. The machines were then operated at the same levels and throughputs as the first phase. During both phases, a testing tool ­ the FLUKE Type 1735 ­ measured energy efficiency in kW per kilogram of product.

Mobil SHC Gear 220 demonstrated an average energy saving of 3.3 percent compared to the previous lubricant as well as an average 5°C drop in gearbox temperatures. This minor operating temperature will contribute to significant savings over the gearbox and machine lifecycle, helping to reduce unscheduled downtime and component wear.

“Energy costs are one of the highest burdens on manufacturing companies and any reduction in consumption has an immediate and beneficial impact on the bottom line,” said Andrea Jacobsen, Industrial Marketing, Europe, Africa & Middle East, ExxonMobil Lubricants and Petroleum Specialties Company. “Mobil SHC Gear and other products in the Mobil SHC range have been designed to help companies achieve a competitive edge in their operations. As well as delivering energy efficiency benefits, products such as Mobil SHC Gear have been designed to optimise protection and help increase productivity.”

For information on the Mobil SHC Gear lubricants range or WP Industrial, please contact the Sales Team or call us on 0800 980 6172.

Mobil, Mobil SHC Cibus and the energy efficiency design are trademarks of Exxon Mobil Corporation or one of its subsidiaries.

* The energy efficiency design is a trademark of Exxon Mobil Corporation. Energy efficiency relates solely to the fluid performance when compared to conventional (mineral) reference oils of the same viscosity grade in circulating and gear applications. The technology used allows up to 3.6 percent efficiency compared to the reference when tested in a worm gearbox under controlled conditions. Efficiency improvements will vary based on operating conditions and applications.

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Cost savings converted from USD to EUR based on following exchange rate 1USD: 1.29 EUR

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