Castrol develops next-generation gear oils for industrial sector

Date: 22 January 2018
  • Castrol is launching advanced, Flender-approved gear oils for longer-lasting protection
  • MicrofluxTrans Plastic Deformation technology smooths surfaces to lower pressure, remove friction and create less wear
  • Proven to lower frictional torque by up to 30% and deliver superior surface protection.[1]

Castrol, one of the world’s leading lubricants companies, is launching an innovative gear oil to help industry reduce energy consumption and prevent unexpected downtime caused by gear failures. The technology in the Castrol Optigear Synthetic PD ES range works at the microscopic level by smoothing the metal surface of the gear, reducing friction and protecting gears from wear. The Castrol Optigear Synthetic PD ES rangeis approved for use with Flender-Siemens gears.

“This range of next generation gear oils are designed to reduce friction and protect gear boxes. This contributes to customers lowering production costs by increasing uptime; reducing energy consumption; and extending both equipment and oil life,” says Daryl Luke, Global Product Manager for Gear Oils at Castrol.

The Castrol Optigear Synthetic PD ES range reduces energy consumption and extends lubrication intervals by lowering frictional torque by 30% and delivering superior surface protection1. The reduction in friction is achieved through a three-step micro-smoothing effect of plastic deformation at the gears surface. Under a microscope the metal surface of a gear looks like a mountain landscape with peaks and valleys. Castrol’s technology improves the surface quality by smoothing out the peaks and valleys, resulting in a very low coefficient of friction. Lower friction can also lead to lower operating temperatures, as less heat is generated indicating there is less wear on the equipment.

Today’s industrial equipment and machinery is expected to perform at optimal levels with higher gearbox temperatures, increased speeds, greater loads and smaller oil reservoirs. Castrol Optigear Synthetic PD ES range has been designed for these operating conditions.  It meets the latest Flender OEM specifications including approvals for Flender helical, bevel-helical, planetary gearboxes and ‘marine gear units without multi-disk clutches‘ as well as geared motors.  

Castrol Optigear Synthetic PD ES range is launching in countries across the world from January 2018. To find out more about how Castrol Optigear Synthetic PD ES range can provide long-term protection for industrial gears, please contact a Castrol Sales Engineer.

[1] Based on the standard lab tests for bearings and gears between 2014 and 2017: FAG Step 1 Bearing Wear Test. The result against 4 competitors’ products shows Optigear Synthetic PD ES has up to 30% lower frictional torque against competitors’ products. This indicates less wear and better energy efficiency. The result exceeds the standard requirement of the specifications.