PFPE Grease – Price vs. Performance
Choosing which grease to use for many machinery can sometimes be a bit of a hassle, even for maintenance professionals. This article is going to outline the variables and advantages of choosing a PFPE grease, as supposed to other kinds of industrial grease.
The two main elements of this article will be focusing on price and performance. As a professional, especially on a larger scale, choosing the right grease can include a lot of factors, and price is definitely one of them. It can be very tempting to cut costs and aim for the cheaper versions, however, a rule of thumb is to always choose reliability over costs. PFPE grease is by far the most reliable grease on the market, with its inert properties and wide temperature range, it is guaranteed to cut costs in the long run, as a majority of greases will require a lot more maintenance as well as potential down-time.
Going back to cutting costs, we also need to consider what the grease is going to be used for. A majority of industrial greases will be used for bearings, vales, coupling, vacuums and etc. Regardless of what’s being greased, every component is crucial and can cost the plant a lot of money for messing up on the lubrication. Therefore, by choosing PFPE grease, you’ll be in better hands at a small price difference. Another thing to consider is weather the grease you’re currently using is suitable for the actual movement of that component. Many hydrocarbons don’t handle extreme pressure as well as temperature very well, whereas PFPE grease will handle any pressure as well as extreme temperature.
As for performance, PFPE grease is not only superior for its working temperatures and durability, but also compatibility. The compatibility can sometimes be a tricky subject when it comes to greases, as many petro-chemical and even silicone-based greases can react to certain materials, such as plastics and metals. However, PFPE grease is the only grease that will not strongly react to any common metal or plastic used in manufacturing plants. Below is a chart showing the compatibility with different greases together with its respective material.