The Plastic industry in India has been one of the major contributors of growth and development for various sectors such as automotive, construction, electronics etc. Today, the plastic processing sector comprises over 30,000 units involved in producing a variety of items. It has gained notable importance in different spheres of activity with an increasing per capita consumption. India’s plastics consumption is expected to increase from about 12 million metric tonnes per annum (MMTPA) as in 2016 to 20 MMTPA by 2020. India, by that time is expected to deploy about 180,000 machines as opposed to 113,000 in 2016. This growth has been fuelled by the wide usage of plastics in infrastructure, health care as well as in agriculture as opposed to its limited usage in household consumer durables and packaging earlier. The consumer market for automobiles and electronic goods – both major users of plastics – is also growing rapidly which would add to the growth of the industry.
Role of lubricants in the plastics industry
To cater to such burgeoning demands, the industry depends on inevitable propellants of support such as Lubricants. Within the majority of plastic applications, hydraulic oils play a fundamental role in the actual production of plastic components as well as helping to reduce unscheduled downtime and extend oil drain intervals. Hence while accounting for a relatively small percentage of total maintenance spends, the latest hydraulic oils have the potential to induce additional productivity and performance into plastic manufacturing operations. Advancements in hydraulic oil technology now offer plastics manufacturers a selection of fluids that can help produce high quality components and provide outstanding levels of protection, as well as other benefits such as increased energy efficiency and decreased cycle times.
One of the most common plastic manufacturing processes is Injection moulding which is used to manufacture a variety of products varying greatly in size, complexity, and application. The process is highly complex as an injection moulding machine is a hydraulic, electrical, mechanical and other technologies, all put together in one device. Preventive maintenance is the key to achieving good performance, extended life and improved durability of injection moulding machines.
Choosing the right lubricant becomes crucial for preventive maintenance, to help increase the reliability and efficient functioning of the equipment and keep it contamination free.
Frequent filter plugging, hitches in servo valve, etcetera in plastic injection moulding machines can be overcome by timely inspection of the injection moulding machines’ and using right lubricants for maintenance.
ExxonMobil’s offerings for the plastics industry
Mobil industrial lubricants have a long and successful record of service in the plastics industry. Mobil’s complete line of hydraulic oils, gear and compressor oils, fluids, and greases are formulated to help keep your operation running efficiently so you stay competitive. A few key offerings Mobil has for the plastic industry are
Mobil DTE 20 Series
Mobil DTE 20 Series hydraulic oils have long been recognized for their keep-clean performance and durability, and have helped customers achieve long oil life. Mobil DTE 20 Series anti-wear hydraulic oils were developed with major equipment builders to meet the demanding requirements of high-pressure and high-output hydraulic systems as well as other components such as close clearance servo-valves and the high accuracy numerically controlled machine tools.
Mobil DTE 20 Series oils are formulated to provide the following benefits:
• Help reduce system deposits and wear
• Enable long oil and equipment life
• Help reduce maintenance costs
• Improve total hydraulic system performance
Mobil DTE 10 Excel Series
The Mobil DTE 10 Excel Series hydraulic oils provide outstanding hydraulic system efficiency; ultra keep clean performance, and a high degree of fluid durability. The hydraulic efficiency feature can lead to reduced energy consumption for both industrial and mobile equipment, reducing operating costs and improving productivity.
Mobil DTE 10 Excel Series oils are formulated to provide the following benefits:
• The excellent air release property prevents aeration and cavitation damage of the hydraulic pump. Help minimize maintenance costs and downtime by keeping systems clean
• Potentially reduces energy consumption or increase system responsiveness
• DTE 10 Excel is zinc free, therefore there’s less effect on the environment during disposal
• High thermal and oxidation stability ensures long oil life/long oil drain interval
Mobil Polyrex EM
Mobil Polyrex EM are specially formulated for electric-motor bearings. The advanced polyurea thickener formulation and proprietary manufacturing techniques provide improved bearing performance and protection for long electric motor life, its low oil release leads to long-term lubrication
Mobil SHC Gear synthetic gear oils
Mobil SHC Gear synthetic gear oils help reduce unplanned downtime and maintenance. These gear oils protect industrial gearboxes and help extend oil life in some of the most extreme conditions. They are formulated for efficient lubrication of industrial enclosed gear drives operating under extreme conditions of load, speed and temperature.
Mobil ServSM Technical Services:
Mobil ServSM Technical Services offer an extensive range of industrial services that are designed to help the customers optimize their lubrication programs and machine availability. Few of the services under this range are:
Mobil ServSM Lubricant Analysis (MSLA): In addition to using high quality synthetic lubricants, it is recommended to operators to incorporate an oil and equipment condition monitoring program to maximize the productivity of machinery and reduce costs. MSLA enables companies to conduct virtually the entire process on their mobile or tablet device through scan-and-go oil sampling bottles. It provides informative reports on the condition of your equipment and lubricant
Engine Inspection: This services encompasses expert inspections by Mobil’s well-trained engineers using borescopes and specialized tools that help diesel engines run efficiently with potentially extended life. The engineers use their expertise to inspect, report and document the condition of the internal components of diesel engines. They conduct complete engine inspections during engine overhaul and partial inspections during component replacement or repair.
Hydraulic Inspection: This service details critical hydraulic equipment, revealing opportunities to improve performance. The engineers inspect, report and document the condition of your critical plant hydraulic systems. They use inspection data to establish the optimum time to replace critical hydraulic components such as pumps, valves, heat exchangers, filters and lubricants and then recommend maintenance practices to help improve system reliability.
Lubricant Recommendation: This service provides expert guidance in selecting the proper lubricants for the equipment, which can help minimize costly maintenance and repairs while providing optimum protection to the assets. Experienced ExxonMobil engineers assess current lubricants and recommend, when required, more effective product choices to help maximize equipment reliability for optimum productivity.