Definition - What does Lubricator mean?
A Lubricator is a kind of fluid used to lubricate pneumatic devices so as to maintain performance and prolong the service life of the vehicle. It plays a significant role in managing the oil drop rate as per the requirements of the equipment. Generally, it reduces the friction between the surface thus minimize heat generation while the surfaces are moving for a long period of time. It is designed in such a way that it feeds oil to variant parts of the vehicle including air cylinders, valves and air tools.
Petropedia explains Lubricator
The efficient operations of any kind of machinery depend on lubricators. Apart from friction reduction, lubricators also reduce the wear and tear of parts during operations and the operating temperature. There are diverse types of lubrication and lubricants used in machinery parts. For instance, rear axle housing is lubricated with heavy oil while chassis lubricated with grease. Some properties of a good lubricator include:
- It should have high thermal stability.
- It should have high viscosity index.
- It should provide corrosion prevention.
Lubricators are made up of 90% of base oil and 10% of additives. The main constituent of the product is base stock or base oil. However, proper selection of lubricators is required to leverage maximum benefits that impact the performance of the system.