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The benefits of synthetic oil

Mobil SHC™ Lubricants over mineral oils – the advantages are clear

Mobil SHC lubricants work hard for you and offer advantages that mineral oils simply cannot match. Under severe operating conditions, such as high temperatures, loads and pressures, frequent starts and stops, wide operating temperature ranges, and contamination, Mobil SHC lubricants become even more critical to help ensure reliable operations whether for your gears, compressors, bearings or air compressors.

For example, the upper operating limit for Mobil SHC lubricants is typically 50°C higher than the maximum operating temperatures for high-quality mineral oils. And with excellent thermal stability and oxidation resistance, deposit formation can be reduced while extending oil drain intervals.

Mobil SHC lubricants are beneficial while working in low-temperature environments, as mineral oils tend to thicken to a greater degree. Their high viscosity index gives Mobil SHC lubricants the ability to flow at low temperatures while helping to provide better film thickness and as a result, wear protection to machine elements at extreme temperatures.

All these attributes of Mobil SHC lubricants result in another advantage: energy efficiency benefits. Synthetics help provide a thicker lubricant film at operating temperature compared to mineral oils, thus helping reduce the extent of metal-to-metal contact and the associated energy loss. As well, energy can be lost due to churn as mechanical parts move through oil: synthetics have a lower viscosity when compared to mineral counterparts of the same ISO viscosity grade at start-up, which results in lower churn energy loss than a mineral. Finally, since Mobil SHC lubricants have a low traction coefficient, they behave better under high pressure.


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