Lubricants – Know-how for design engineers

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Machines and plants consist of many different elements. Mechanical engineers understand better and better to dimension these machine elements, to calculate their lifetime and to use materials in the best possible way. By today also the lubricant is understood as an element of the whole construction by design engineers. For this reason the lubricant needs the same amount of attantion as other major elements. However, lubricants consist of materials that characteristics are not very well known by mechanical engineers and machine builders. In the age of continuously increasing power and at the same time decreasing weights this becomes more and more a dilemma.

In this training we convey you how lubricants work. We show you which technological characteristics the different basis oils and additives have and what is their influence in the different areas of application. We help you to understand the values and specifications in norms and on data sheets and how relevant they are for specific applications.

In the end, the core is about to define the requirements of your machine on the lubricant as exact as possible and to integrate lubrication knowledge actively as early as possible into the construction process. Only in that way the possibilities of modern lubrication technology can be utilized for the function, reliability and effectiveness in the best way.

You learn in this training...

  • How lubricants "work"
  • The difference between minaral and synthetic oils
  • Types of additives and their areas of apllication 
  • The explanatory power of lubricants values
  • The ephasis of vharacteristic values and their utilization
  • Standardized lubrication types and specifications
  • To define requirements on lubricants
  • Lubricant selection with the help of checklists and examples
  • Creation of a lubricant recommendation in the working instructions
  • Necessary and useful hints for the handling of lubricants in working instructions
  • Possibilities and challenges of own lubrication norms
  • What has to be done by water or air in the oil
  • Influencing variables on the lifetime of a lubricant
  • To determine oil changing intervals
  • Oil condition monitoring with oil analysis or sensors
  • Miscibility and compatibility of lubricants
  • Oil change: When which approach (rinse, rinse oil, dangers of cleaning agents)

The content in detail

How a lubricant works

  • Lubrication – Functioning and meaning for friction and wearout
  • Basis priciples of lubricating film creation 
  • Lubrication as interaction of basic oils and additives

Basic fluids in comparison

  • Mineral oils vs. Synthetic oils: that's the difference
  • Types of basic oils and their advantages and disadvantages
  • Typical areas of application

Additives – a short overview

  • Additives – when and why
  • Application of the most important additives at examples of well known lubricant groups
  • Possible interdependencies between the different types


  • Characteristics and characteristic values in comparison to oil
  • Thickener types and areas of application
  • Criteria and Guidelines for product selection

Characteristic values and their meaning

  • Chemical-physical and mechanical-dynamic values
  • Important values explained briefly
  • Importance of lubricant selection and quality controls

Norms, specifications and releases

  • Differences between norms, specifications and releases
  • Understand technical data sheets
  • Handy hints and examples for different areas of application

The best lubricant for my machine

  • How do I find the optimal lubricant? 
  • Specification and Monitoring of technical requirements
  • What else is important besides technical requirements

Special environmental requirements

  • Lubricants in the food industry
  • Environment friendly lubricants
  • Hardly inflammable fluids

Clearing and inhouse specifications

  • Exclusive recommendation, fluid operation list, oil clearance
  • Content, possibilities and Limits of inhouse specifications
  • Supplier and quality control

Water and air in oil

  • Causes and effects
  • Free, dissolved or emulsified
  • Test criteria and characteristic values

Oil can talk

  • Utilize oil analysis correctly
  • Monitor what when, how and how often
  • Examples

Oil care

  • Oil purity: Surety of a high plant availability
  • Maximisation of lifetime of oil and components
  • Handy purity requirements and their monitoring

Oil sensors and on-site measuring

  • Oil monitoring – Online- and On-site in comparison to external oil analysis
  • Available sort types and on-site measuring instruments
  • Combination of on-site techniques with external lab analysis

Oil changes and opperating instructions

  • Meaningful intervals
  • Description of a standart procedure
  • Consideration of special circumstances (rinse, cleaning)

How to recognize and avoid recurring problems

  • Miscibility and compatibility
  • Black oil, filter blockages, varnish
  • Water and air in oil 

5% discount for more than 3 registrations

Services included:

  • Participation in training
  • Hot lunch on all days
  • Coffee/tea and snacks during breaks
  • Non-alcoholic beverages during training
  • Detailed training material, printed and on USB Memory stick
  • Certificate of participation
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