Equipment working at construction and mining sites are open to extreme conditions. Rupinder Paintal, Director of Market Development, ExxonMobil Lubricants, elaborates on the new generation lubricants that can enhance the efficiency of construction and mining equipment.
What are the emerging market and technology trends in lubricants for construction equipment?
The construction equipment (CE) companies in India are responding to the benefits of technologically superior world-class application-specific lubricants that yield huge dividends in terms of improved productivity and significant cost savings. The lubricant industry is gearing up to meet the needs for customised specialty products, giving Indian customers best-in-class products developed through global expertise of decades. The trend is of synthetic lubricants, or like we call them, designer lubricants. Synthetic lubricants differ significantly in composition and performance from conventional lubricants. The new generation of Mobil™ lubricants aptly demonstrates the immense value created by synthetic lubricants.
Please share with us some insights on your range of lubricants for CE market.
The equipment and machinery working in the construction and mining sectors are open to harsh conditions - from heavy loads and high temperatures, to excessive wear, dirt and water contamination. These industries require lubrication solutions that are as durable as their equipment. Our offerings for the construction and mining equipment have been designed specifically to meet the needs of customers with heavily loaded equipment that require high EP/anti-wear performance.
We have a portfolio of advanced product offerings for various types of infrastructure equipment. The customised lubricants for the mining sector include Mobilgrease XHP™ 321 Mine and 322 Mine. The Mobilgrease XHP Mine series has excellent extreme pressure and anti-wear properties in addition to exceptional staying power, good water wash-out, water spray-off and extended service capabilities under harsh operating conditions.
What are the key features of your lubricants with reference to extreme weather and temperature conditions?
Our Mobil SHC™ line of synthetic lubricants is designed to protect equipment operating under severe conditions, including loads and pressures, frequent starts and stops, wide operating temperature ranges and contamination. These lubricants offer long oil life and extend equipment life, creating less waste and potential energy savings, while helping increase worker safety by minimising potentially hazardous maintenance. The advantages of Mobil SHC™ synthetic lubricants include high-temperature capability, excellent resistance to oxidation, low-temperature flow properties and protection against wear.
The Mobil DTE 10 Excel™Series, a mineral product that can perform in extreme conditions, consists of high performance anti-wear hydraulic oils specifically designed to meet the needs of equipment hydraulic systems. Its outstanding oxidation and thermal stability allows long oil life and minimised deposit formation to protect critical hydraulic system components from malfunction. While the shear stable, high viscosity index (VI) allows for a wide operating temperature range maintaining maximum hydraulic efficiency at all temperatures, the zinc free anti-wear system provides a high degree of protection in gear, vane and piston pumps while minimising deposit formation.
What are the expansion plans?
We are bringing our finest specialty lubricants to meet the growing demand for high-quality and improved-efficiency materials that enhance productivity and profits. In terms of product expansion, the Mobil SHC™ Elite is the newest member of our Mobil family of synthetic lubricants that provide performance advantages far exceeding the capabilities of conventional oils. These lubricants can help extend equipment longevity and generate potential energy savings, for our customers, while their significantly longer life - thanks to a 12x oil drain interval - lowers maintenance costs and reduces worker exposure during oil changes.