The Importance of Proper Machine Lubrication

Proper lubrication must be maintained to keep machines running smoothly, and lubrication does much more than make machinery slippery or slick. It reduces friction, decreases wear and tear, diminishes corrosion of metal surfaces, and helps keep out dirt, dust, and debris. Lubrication can add years to the life of your equipment, which is why it’s so important to maintain.

Reduces Friction and Heat

Lubrication reduces friction and thereby reduces heat.
Friction is the resistance that objects encounter when they move against each other, and friction induces heat. When you rub your hands together, you create friction and warm up your hands. A machine functions similarly. A machine’s parts are in constant contact. This creates friction and an incredible amount of heat that must be controlled to prevent a breakdown.

Since the machine must create friction to work properly, lubrication is required to reduce the amount of heat the friction generates. Without it, the machine would overheat and shut down. This can result in high repair and/or replacement bills.

Minimizes Corrosion

It’s virtually impossible to get rid of humidity in a working area. You can reduce it but not prevent it. When air and water come into contact with metal, the metal will corrode. In other words, humidity causes metal to rust. Keeping metal machinery properly lubricated can prevent corrosion altogether.

The additives in lubricants prevent the water in the air from coming into contact with the machine’s metal. This protects it, keeps it running well, and extends its life.

How Lubricants Works

They work by the operator simply applying the lubricant to the machinery. Proper attention must be paid to lubrication to keep the equipment up and running.

Minimum quality lubrication machining, or MQL machining, is a cutting-edge method that can provide superior protection to your equipment. Instead of flooding the machine with fluid, MQL applies tiny amounts of lubricant directly to where it’s needed. This reduces the amount of lubricant the machine needs to run while increasing its effectiveness.


It’s vital to keep machinery properly lubricated to prevent overheating and corrosion. This will extend its life while enhancing its efficiency. It’s the operator’s responsibility to ensure proper lubrication is maintained, and modern technology is making this task easier and more effective.

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