In This Issue:

New Product: 1499 MONOCAL GP GREASE 

TECHNI-TIP: Bearing Failures - Recognize the Cause and What to Do

CUSTOMER TESTIMONIAL: 1275 Almaplex Industrial Lubricant

NOV/DEC 2013 New MONOCAL GP Grease 1499



Lubrication Engineers, Inc. formulated Monocal GP Grease for use in severe conditions such as high temperatures, heavy loads and water. Its high performance formula features high-viscosity base fluid, calcium sulfonate complex thickener and Monolec, LE's proprietary wear-reducing additive. This premium combination imparts a very high dropping point, exceptional inherent extreme pressure (EP) characteristics, superior mechanical stability, low oil bleed, and water resistance - everything you need to protect and extend the life of your equipment

A versatile general purpose lubricant, Monocal GP Grease is the right solution for industrial and mobile equipment used in a wide variety of industries. It is especially effective when used on bearings operating in a warm, moist environment or in operations where a lot of water is needed to keep equipment cool. Without effective, reliable lubrication, these conditions can lead to costly downtime and repairs.

The benefits of Monocal GP Grease

High Performance formula:
- Performs effectively in severe conditions such as heat, water and heavy loads
- Provides long-lasting reliable protection
- Ensures very low oil separation
- Features high-viscosity base fluid (ISO 220)

Calcium sulfonate thickener:
- Inherently prevents rust and corrosion - even in sea water
- Has very high dropping point as compared to conventional thickeners
- Ensures excellent mechanical stability for long-lasting use
- Imparts outstanding EP properties (without the addition of heavy metals), providing protection even when pound-out conditions occur

Wear-reducing additive
- Protects against wear, metal-to metal contact and scoring
- Provides exceptional film strength
- Resists oxidation and water contamination
- Maintains consistency after repeated heating and cooling

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Monocal Applications

Typical Industries:
- Agriculture
- Chemicals
- Construction
- Lumber & wood
- Mining
- Oil & gas
- Paper products
- Power generation
- Refuse & waste systems
- Rubber & plastic
- Steel & primary metals
- Transportation & fleet
- Water & wastewater
- Any industries where hot weather, humidity and overheated machinery create moisture problems

Typical Applications:
- Industrial:
Bearings (anti-friction, conveyor, fan, heavily loaded ball, high-speed, plain, roller element, slow-speed), forging equipment, machine tools, presses, rolling mills and rotary aerators
- Automotive:
Ball joints, chassis, front axle arrangements, U-joints, wheel bearings


TECHNI-TIP: Bearing Failures - Recognize the Cause and What to Do

The Egyptians built pyramids of huge stone blocks. They moved them by rolling them on top of logs. Today's heavy-duty trucks aren't near the size of pyramids, but the rolling principle of the modern bearing is basically the same as those logs. Bearings have proven their worth by reducing rolling friction which permits parts to move without being destroyed.
However, bearings do fail. Such failures can be costly in terms of repair expenses and downtime. The more we learn about bearings and why they fail, the better we can protect equipment from unnecessary repair and downtime expense. Leading bearing manufacturers say there are several reasons for bearing failure, and many causes for those failures, such as:

Fatigue - Evident in spalling, flaking or breakdown of the races and/or rollers. The cause can be: excessive weight or pressure from the abnormal meshing of gears or machine overloads; rollers fail to fully contact raceways; Roller-raceway adjustments that are too tight; misalignment, cocking of the bearing, out-of-round or bowed shaft, or the cone seat is nicked or rough; Sudden impact such as a wheel striking deep chuckholes or exceeding known life of the bearing.

Wear - Lapping, abrasion or indenting of races or rollers are common signs. The cause can be: Lapping-where very fine debris gradually cuts away at raceways and rollers, causing a dull gray appearance of running surfaces.

Abrasion - Where rollers force sharp debris around surfaces causing score lines. Tiny brinell marks where rollers run over hard particles causing indentations or scarred marks in raceway and roller surface are known as indenting.

Overheating - discoloration of raceways, thrust flange and/or rollers, which generally is straw brown, ink blue or purple in color. The cause can be: improper lubricant; insufficient lubricant; over lubrication-too much lubricant; presence of foreign or abrasive material; adjustment too tight, misalignment, or electrical current or external use of heat while removing or replacing bearing on the shafts.

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CUSTOMER TESTIMONIAL: 1275 Almaplex Industrial Lubricant

"City of Brenham Wastewater Treatment Plant - Brenham, Texas Spencer Units for Water Digestion"

Customer Profile
The City of Brenham Wastewater Treatment Plant treats approximately 1.9 million gallons of water per day. It has been an LE customer since March 1995.

The Spencer blower units are rated at 350 hp, running at 3,500 rpm. Each unit can put out 8,082 cubic feet of air per minute, up to seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The units are under a roof, but exposed to excessive heat in the summer.

Grease recommended by the manufacturer was solidifying within 2,000 hours of installation in the bearings of these units. Staff was greasing the bearings daily, but still had to replace them frequently. Each pair of bearings cost about $1,000, plus the labor and downtime to replace them. The last time the bearings went out, Raymond Schultz Jr., plant superintendent, noticed that the manufacturer's recommended grease had turned to a "rubbery-looking solid" in the 6-inch diameter bearing races.

LE Solution
The local LE consultant recommended Almaplex Industrial Lubricant (1275), an excellent general purpose EP lubricant for industrial or fleet use. It is effective in severe operations against moisture and high temperatures, seals out dirt and prevents corrosive wear. Almaplex 1275 contains Almasol, LE's proprietary solid wear-reducing additive.

Since they began using Almaplex 1275, the plant maintenance staff is noticing longer bearing life and better
performance. The City of Brenham is saving money each year on fewer bearing replacements and reduced downtime. "Frequent replacement of bearings is a thing of the past, thanks to the use of LE's Almaplex Industrial Lubricant," Schultz said.

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