Standard lubrication — the generic stuff that is in the bulk of bearings, will do its bit in reducing friction and dissipating heat. However, this lubricant may not satisfy the maximum running speed, torque level and temperature requirements of your specific application.

Our standard greases will be rated up to 100-120 degrees Celsius, which is fine for most uses, but for hotter applications, there are grease options that are suitable for constant use up to 288 degrees Celsius and short interval use at 300 degrees Celsius.

For very low torque applications, a light instrument oil should be specified. Higher running speeds are possible with oil, but as it tends not to stay in place, continuous lubrication must be applied. This must be carried out by oil jet, oil bath or oil mist unless speeds are low, or rotation is for short periods.

There’s plenty of options when it comes to choosing the best lubricant, from automotive industry dampening greases, to food grade lubricants used in the food and beverage sector. We recommend you try our ‘choose your lubrication’ quiz, and if you still have any queries, call us on +44 (0) 1993 842 555.

Our determination to remain specialised gives us a high level of product knowledge, providing bearing and lubrication solutions to existing or potential customers, whether individuals or large corporations. We don’t just sell bearings, we help to solve your problems. - Chris Johnson, managing director of SMB Bearings.