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New conveyor lubrication benchmark set

article image LubX CV was especially developed for systems intended to be operated at higher velocities and pressure loads

Rochling has introduced a new sliding material developed especially for systems and machinery used in conveyor technology and automation.

Designed for systems that need to be operated at higher velocities and pressure loads, the new LubX CV material significantly improves system performance and efficiency, retaining its excellent sliding characteristics and high wear resistance even when used for high-load applications.

LubX CV Rochling sets new standards for sliding materials with the new development expanding the range for conveyor systems.

The new material has been tested in the company-owned laboratory specifically equipped for sliding materials in addition to scientific inspections carried out by the Institute for Material Handling and Plastics of the Chemnitz University of Technology and the Erlangen University, Institute of Polymer Technology. All the tests show that LubX CV offers measurable advantages over comparable materials.

Extremely low coefficient of sliding friction

LubX CV was found to have an extremely low coefficient of sliding friction of μ: 0.13 with the material tested at a speed of 0.5 m/s and surface pressure of 0.5 MPa, which were significantly higher values than those used in the usual testing procedure. The testing also proved that LubX CV has by far the lowest coefficient of sliding friction and the shortest run-in phase. In comparison, a standard PE-UHMW achieves a coefficient of sliding friction of μ: 0.37 under similar testing conditions.

Low temperature development and high wear resistance

An infrared sensor measured the temperature during the sliding friction coefficient test directly on the friction surface of the sample without contacting it. The temperature of LubX CV did not rise above 28°C during the test and was up to 17°C lower than the temperature of the other material samples. There was no wear on the LubX CV testing block, even after 24 hours. The material's low temperature development and high wear resistance are beneficial for the service life of the system and increase the maintenance intervals.

Efficient use of energy and high process stability

To measure the tensile force on the drive, LubX CV was compared with a standard PE-UHMW on an application-oriented conveyor belt system. The mean value measured for LubX CV was under 30 percent of the value measured for PE-UHMW. The energy consumption of the drive was also proportionately lower for LubX CV. Additionally, the significantly decreased amplitudes of the measured curve for LubX CV are proof of significantly improved process stability, decreased strain on the conveyor system and reduced noise development.

Higher velocities and pressure loads

The tests prove that LubX CV maintains its excellent sliding characteristics even under increased loads and can significantly improve the performance and productivity of systems. The new material’s unique properties make it possible for conveyor systems, plants and machinery used in handling technology and automation to be operated at higher velocities and pressure loads. The material’s food hygiene compliance according to 10/2011/EU, 1935/2004/EC and the FDA allows its use in food contact applications in the food processing industry.

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