Lubrication and maintenance are essential to ensuring the optimal performance of machinery and equipment.

However, neglecting to clean components before new oil is applied is a leading cause of equipment failure.

Here’s why this practise needs to be revised…

THE IMPORTANCE OF CLEANING BEFORE YOU LUBE

Because most oils are designed to form a protective barrier that reduces friction, wear and corrosion, failing to remove debris before applying new lubricant prevents the oil from adhering to the component’s surfaces and, thus, not work effectively.

What’s more, oils generally break down for three reasons:

  • Heat
  • Pressure
  • Contaminants

In the case of the latter, dust, debris and other corrosive materials will often accelerate the break-down process of the oil and reduce its lifespan.

Unfortunately, because maintenance programmes are typically carried out on a schedule – with the belief that the oil will last a predetermined duration – damage to the machine’s components will often go undetected as the oil degrades.

That said, cleaning components before reapplying lubrication is an essential part of good maintenance. It helps to prevent contaminants from damaging machine components, ensures that the lubricant performs optimally, and extends the life of the oil between services.

A precision cleaner designed for pre-oil applications will often speed up the maintenance process and ensure that components are thoroughly decontaminated and cleaned before new oil is applied.

On that note, here’s a list of CRC Industries’ popular precision cleaning solutions…

For more information, trade enquiries, or technical advice on CRC products contact Rick at 078 097 8028.

INDUSTRIAL ECO DEGREASER

A fast drying, biodegradable, and powerful degreasing solution that’s compatible with most plastics. CRC’s Industrial ECO degreaser penetrates quickly and dissolves old oil, grease, tar, adhesives and other contaminants. It also leaves no residue, enhances overall performance, and can be used in every industry including food processing.

Applications:

  • Motors
  • Engines
  • Mechanical brakes & clutches
  • Dies and moulds
  • Pneumatic tools
  • Compressors & pumps
  • Generators & sprockets
  • Material handling equipment
  • Parts & tools
  • Chains
  • Wire ropes
  • Cables & fork lifts

QD CONTACT CLEANER

Plastic safe, “Quick Drying” and leaves no residue, QD Contact Cleaner is ideal for applications where lower flash-point solvents can be used.

Applications:

  • Telephones
  • PC’s
  • Relays
  • Edge connectors
  • Tape heads      Bus bars
  • Circuits
  • Contacts
  • Printed circuit boards
  • Switches & breakers

NF CONTACT CLEANER

The non-chlorinated, non-flammable, plastic-safe formula is an optimal alternative to CFC, HCFC and flammable contact cleaners. NSF K2 Registered.

Applications:

  • Electrical connectors
  • Printed circuit boards
  • Relays
  • Switches         
  • Scales
  • Timers
  • Other sensitive electrical equipment

BRAKLEEN BRAKE PARTS CLEANER

The original brake-parts cleaner that’s formulated to quickly and effectively remove grease, brake dust, brake fluids, oils, & other contaminants from brake parts, lining, pads.

Applications:

  • ABS
  • Disc
  • Drum
  • Brake cylinders
  • Brake linings   Brake shoes
  • Calipers
  • Clutch discs
  • Disc brake pads
  • Discs

CONTACT CLEANER 2000 PRECISION CLEANER

An effective alternative to 141b-based cleaners where sensitive plastics are not a concern. Evaporates quickly, leaves no residue, has no flash or fire point and contains no Class I or Class II Ozone Depleting Chemicals.

Applications:

  • Contacts
  • Metal switches
  • Motors
  • Relays
  • Generators      
  • Edge connectors
  • Busbars
  • Circuit breakers
  • Scales
  • Sensors

ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL CLEANER

A quick drying light-duty precision cleaner for use in industrial, electrical, electronic and aviation applications. The product is 99% pure and aggressively dissolves grease, dust, dirt, lint, oils and flux from most non-plastic surfaces.

Applications:

Recommended for light duty cleaning and degreasing.


LECTRA CLEAN HEAVY DUTY ELECTRICAL PARTS DEGREASER

Suitable for cleaning sensitive electronics and electrical equipment. Lectra Clean evaporates quickly, leaves no residue and is safe to use on all plastics. Ideally used where lower flashpoint cleaners are acceptable. NSF K2 Registered.

Applications:

  • Telephones
  • PC’s
  • Relays
  • Edge connectors
  • Tape heads     
  • Busbars
  • Circuits
  • Contacts
  • Printed circuit boards
  • Switches & breakers

For more information, trade enquiries, or technical advice on CRC products contact Rick at 078 097 8028.

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