26 November 2019

Tec4Fuels is not only active in the fields of fuels, but also in lubricant technology and helps its customers to overcome challenges in this field. Tec4Fuels employee Simon Eiden, who is already M.Sc. in Molecular Biotechnology and is working on his dissertation, has now supplemented his personal skills and those of the company with a further education in “Certified Specialist Lubricant Technology”. The examinations he passed attest to his sound basic knowledge in lubricant technology, for example in the areas of industrial lubricants, automotive operating fluids, material compatibility with lubricants, miscibility and compatibility of lubricants and operating fluids, as well as in chemical-physical investigations of lubricants and operating fluids and, last but not least, in condition monitoring.

„This complements the expertise of Tec4Fuels in the areas of mechanical engineering, engines and heating technology as well as fuels,” says Olaf Bergmann, Managing Director of Tec4Fuels. And Klaus Lucka, also Managing Director, adds: “Against the background that Tec4Fuels’ customers are increasingly looking for solutions in the lubricants sector, we are using this know-how in a target-oriented manner”. For example, Tec4Fuels has become active as a “trouble shooter”, e.g. to investigate the causes of a rolling bearing failure. In addition, the screening of lubricating greases for application technologies, for example for high speed applications, is also part of the tasks, as is testing the stability of cooling lubricants with regard to thermo-oxidative degradation or deposit formation or analytical benchmarking of additives in lubricant technology.

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Lubricants, which can be roughly divided into lubricating oils and greases, have a variety of tasks: They serve to reduce friction and wear as well as for power transmission, cooling, vibration damping, sealing and corrosion protection. In principle, all lubricants consist of a base fluid (base oil) and other ingredients, so-called additives. The properties of lubricating greases, for example, can be optimized by selecting the appropriate base oils, thickeners and additives for a wide variety of applications. There are greases for high or particularly low temperatures, for vacuum applications, particularly water-resistant, pressure-resistant or creepable, food-safe or particularly adhesive greases. This variety of properties, different application areas and the ever increasing requirements make the development of lubricating oils and greases a highly complex process.