A proprietary, new high performance ultra-high molecular weight (UHMW) polyethylene compound incorporates solid lubricants to offer a lower coefficient of friction for significantly improved chain and belt performance in a wide range of conveyor and other material processing systems.
Called BluLub, this UHMW-PE polyethylene has a molecular density of 9,200,000 g/mol, operates easily in temperatures ranging from -40 to +176oF, and complies with the FDA Code of Federal Regulations. This, of course, makes for a superior UHMW compound, ideal for systems and applications that require higher speeds, better wear characteristics, and improved performance and dependability such as high-wear curve installations in conveyor chain applications.
BluLub’s coefficient of friction is less than half that of traditional UHMW compounds – as a result, it requires significantly less energy for a variety of high-friction, high-wear applications such as bottling industry neck guides, guide rails, belt side guides and other extruded conveyor system components.
Dry lubricants, such as those used in the manufacture of BluLub from Movex, reduce friction while in a solid state, which is critical for many food and pharmaceutical processing operations that can be contaminated by liquid- or oil-based lubricants. Dry lubricants are also ideal for high-speed and/or high-wear operations which require more frequent reapplication of non-solid lubricants. Eliminating or reducing regular, periodic lubrication through the use of dry-lubricant UHMW materials can also save system operators maintenance time and money.
BluLub advantages include:
- Dry running
- Reduced noise and squeaking
- Higher operational speeds
- Lower wear
- Less energy consumption
- Minimal moisture absorption
- Smoother, quieter chain motion
- Higher molecular density