Grease Additives

Lubrizol offers a high-performance portfolio of specialty components, multi-functional additive packages, polymers and thickener technologies that our customers incorporate into automotive and industrial lubricating greases for countless end user operations around the world.

Grease has become a critical design element for a wide range of industrial and automotive equipment. The successful design and development of a grease requires careful selection of base oil, thickener and a properly balanced additive formulation to achieve target lubrication performance.

We work closely with our customers to develop products that create value by meeting specific performance attributes, including increased machine efficiency, long-lasting lubrication and reduced environmental impact:

At Lubrizol, our formulating expertise covers nearly every lubricant application imaginable. We continue to use our experience in developing multifunctional grease lubricant packages to address a variety of performance needs. Our complete packages ensure a well-balanced formulation, and can also help shorten your development cycle, reduce inventory and avoid any inaccuracies during the grease manufacturing process.

Our grease additive packages are designed to deliver

  • longer grease life
  • minimized bearing failure
  • extended equipment life
  • high temperature protection
  • extreme pressure performance
  • protection from severe shock loads
  • anti-wear protection
  • oxidation resistance
  • rust and copper corrosion inhibition

Lubrizol develops specialty additives designed to enhance specific performance characteristics of a fully formulated grease. We can help you achieve reliable results, with a complete line of components that includes antifoam agents, antioxidants, anti-wear agents, bleed control, demulsifiers, dispersants, dropping point enhancers, extreme pressure agents, fretting wear/corrosion protection, friction modifiers, high temperature rheology modifiers, metal deactivators, rust inhibitors, seal swell agents and yield improvers.

A variety of chemistries can be used to develop each of these component categories, depending on the function of the equipment or process, material compatibilities, synergistic/ antagonistic reactions, environmental concerns and budget.

Polymers are a key ingredient in grease, providing manufacturers the ability to tailor finished grease performance characteristics. The incorporation of polymers can build base oil viscosity, and can provide enhanced film strength, tack, water resistance and reduced oil separation to the finished grease.

Lubrizol offers a wide range of liquid, solid and functionalized polymers to help you formulate greases based on your specific requirements.

  • Liquid Polymers: used to formulate greases with superior adhesion and anti-drip characteristics, effective tackiness, excellent moisture and oxygen barrier and enable formulation of H-1 incidental contact lubricants and greases
  • Solid Polymers: used at a lower treat rate versus liquid polymers, these polymers help to restrict bleed and improve water resistance, and we offer a range of polymers with different solubilization, thermal stability and flow properties to meet specific end-use application needs
  • Functionalized Polymers: these polymers contain polar groups that interact with the soap fiber network. Greases containing functionalized polymers provide improved water resistance while maintaining excellent low-temperature properties

Lubrizol’s high performing grease additive technology can be used to optimize performance of greases using calcium sulfonates, simple lithium and lithium complex, or urea complex thickeners in mineral oil, PAO or synthetic base stocks

Your customers’ lubricants will perform better – resisting oxidation and sludge formation, providing reliable water separation, and achieving excellent anti-wear properties. What’s more, Lubrizol backs all of our turbine and circulating oil additives with decades of formulating experience and proven field performance.

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