Premium lubrication for productivity and profitability of textile manufacturers


As a pioneer of lubrication innovation, Mobil ™ Lubricants has been at the forefront of developing the most advanced solutions for a range of core industries such as manufacturing, construction, mining, and more. Along with developing the most advanced solutions, Mobil also has built a legacy of associating closely with its customers to understand and recommend solutions tailor-made to their unique operational challenges.

Over the years, the textile sector has gained prominence with visible growth across countries in South and South-East Asia such as India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, and others. By collaborating closely with its customers, Mobil ™ is allowing textile sector equipment builders in the region to maximize their performance, which in turn, is aiding them in showcasing their benefits to a global audience. Further, Mobil’s promise of performance, productivity and profitability is helping companies ace through operational hiccups to succeed in securing and delivering orders beyond business as usual. The below association of Mobil with an Indonesian textile manufacturer is one instance of the company’s close collaboration with customers that has aided business success and enhanced performance – in turn, helping Mobil expand its goodwill and earn customer appreciation. 

Superior lubrication to the rescue

A reputed textile manufacturer in Indonesia was operating two LMW comber LK64 machines that were lubricated with a competitive synthetic oil. While business moved as usual, on closer inspection, the operators noticed that the machines’ gearboxes had been running at elevated temperatures as high as 56°C. The oil consumption levels were also based at a 3000-hour oil drain interval (ODI). Facing several technical difficulties, the company approached Mobil to help with a reliable and efficient lubricant solution that would be capable of reducing operating temperatures and extending ODI.

After conducting thorough studies, Mobil recommended a switch to the Mobil SHCTM 629 synthetic gear oil. Formulated from high viscosity base oils and a proprietary additive system, these superior lubricants provide outstanding performance in extreme service applications. The lubricant’s low traction coefficient eases friction on non-conforming surfaces, thus, reducing operating temperatures and enhancing efficiency. The Mobil SHCTM 600 Series products have demonstrated up to 3.6% improvement in energy efficiency in controlled laboratory testing*.

After transitioning to the Mobil SHC 629 synthetic gear oil, the textile manufacturer experienced significant improvement in both operational safety and efficiency. The manufacturer reported doubled ODI – from 3,000 hours to 6,000 hours, while operating temperatures also were reduced to 47°C. The Mobil SHC 629 synthetic gear oil significantly helped enhance operational reliability and efficiency in the company’s comber machine gearboxes.

Speaking on the success, Vasanth Thangavelu, General Manager, B2B Marekting, ExxonMobil Lubricants Pvt. Ltd. said, “The demand for energy efficient lubrication solutions is gaining importance in most manufacturing sectors, including the textile sector. Textile manufacturing involves various stages where machine elements like gears, bearings, chains, etc., are subjected to high load under extreme operating conditions. At Mobil, we have focused on associating closely with our customers to understand their unique challenges and make product and service recommendations that can be most effective for them. Our aim has always been to help our customers become more productive and enhance their business output for continuous profitability. The textile sector will remain a key sector of interest for us, and our formulations have been designed mindful of its operational intricacies – to provide our customers with thorough dependable support.”

Digital maintenance for superior manufacturing

Along with product recommendation, Mobil also suggested the implementation of the Mobil ServSM Lubricant Analysis (MSLA) program to monitor equipment and oil condition. The extensive range of expert technical services under MSLA has been designed to help businesses optimize their equipment maintenance programs and machine availability, so they can achieve their goals with safety, environmental care, and assured productivity. It uses one of the most sophisticated interpretation logic algorithms and most extensive used-oil analysis limits database which allows its users to choose the analysis that best fits its reliability program. MSLA eliminates the conventional process of collecting and labelling samples by delivering pre-labelled sample bottles with QR codes and a unique number identifier, improving sample process efficiency and significantly reducing human interference.

With effective industrial lubricants and world-class services, Mobil has emerged as a trusted brand that operators can rely on. By closely associating with equipment builders and addressing their unique challenges, Mobil is significantly driving their productivity and enhancing their order delivery – finally, helping businesses become more profitable than ever before.

*Energy efficiency relates solely to the performance of Mobil SHC 600 Series when compared to conventional (mineral) reference oils of the same viscosity grade in circulating and gear applications. The technology used allows up to 3.6% efficiency compared to the reference when tested in a worm gearbox under controlled conditions. Efficiency improvements will vary based on operating conditions and application.

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