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Construction : Report | March 2016 | Source : Equipment India

Advancing Productivity in Mining

ExxonMobil shares its perspective on how solutions-oriented lubrication programme can play an important role in ´Advancing Productivity´ in mining operations.

Participating at the 18th National Lubricating Grease Institute (NLGI) - India Chapter´s Annual Conference, ExxonMobil Lubricants showcased its expertly formulated comprehensive range of greases available in India. The conference, organised by NLGI - India chapter from February 5 to 7, 2016 in Lonavala, was a premier platform for grease-related industry stakeholders in India. ExxonMobil elaborated on how leveraging comprehensive lubricant technologies and service solutions can help companies enhance safety, achieve environmental care-related goals, and maximise productivity, attracting wide attention from participating companies and representatives at the annual grease conference.

¨In modern machinery design and construction, machines function under severe operating conditions with the expectation of increased productivity and less downtime. This has made it difficult for conventional lithium greases to satisfactorily fulfill these requirements. In light of this fact, high performance greases like lithium-complex and calcium-sulphonate are the best candidates for the said applications. While lithium-complex greases have excellent compatibility with the most widely used lithium greases, calcium-sulphonate greases are also moderately compatible. Lithium-complex greases generally possess good stability, high-temperature characteristics and water-resistance properties which meet the needs of a wide variety of heavy-duty applications and operating conditions. They provide balanced load-carrying capability across a spectrum of loads, speeds and temperatures,¨ said Imtiaz Ahmed, Asia Pacific Mobil SHC Brand Manager, ExxonMobil Lubricants Pvt Ltd. Mining industry is one of the most fundamental components of the industrial landscape, and also one of the most challenging from a lubrication standpoint. By combining the use of high quality lubricants and an effective technical services programme, mining operators can achieve a competitive advantage in their operations, by enhancing productivity and reducing their lubrication consumption which will potentially increase the productivity and reduce downtime of their mining machinery and equipment. In addition, health and safety benefits may also be realised.

Mining will be a major focus area for India in the coming years. India currently stands fifth in terms of mineral reserves and mining is growing over five per cent year on year basis. Said Shankar Karnik, General Manager Industrial, ExxonMobil Lubricants Pvt Ltd, ¨Currently the coal and iron ore mines are being operated by public sector players. This scenario is now changing with privatisation of mining and increased FDI flow into mining are bringing private players into the sector. This bring about increased requirement of high capacity machinery and expertise for efficiently increase the mining output because the competition will significantly go up with more private players coming into the sector. This is a key trend which is of interest to us. This is because with new technology equipment and high performing high output machines would eventually improve efficiency of mining itself. This is where high performance lubricants are required to sustain advancing productivity benefits.¨ ¨ExxonMobil´s comprehensive portfolio of oils and greases along with robust services, combine to offer holistic solutions for mining operators. The benefits offered have been widely acknowledged by successful mining operators located all across the world. The technology leadership embodied in our greases, along with the application expertise of our engineers, can help mines: address safety exposure, mitigate environmental touch and support their desire to be more productive,¨ says Umut Urkun, Global Grease Marketing Advisor, ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants.

Mobil´s range of greases are expertly formulated to meet a wide variety of operating conditions in both industrial and mobile equipment, including extreme applications.

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