To determine the best grease to use for an operation, consideration needs to be given to the viscosity of the base oil, lubricity requirements as well as:

  • Dispensing capabilities
  • Bearing capabilities
  • Temperature
  • Water washout
  • Load bearing
  • Presence of contaminants
  • Elastomer material
  • Cost
  • Lubrication intervals

A food processing plant was looking to add a grease to their operations that offered the following benefits:

  • Resistance to water washout
  • Shear stability
  • Broad operating temperature

They were also looking for a supplier to provide training for their operators and maintenance associates on how to determine the correct grease to use, the importance of using a grease and the application.




Quaker scheduled a training session with the plant to help them:

  • Better understand the role lubricants play in the design, performance and operating life of engineered devices
  • Become more conversant with colleagues and vendors about basic concepts of lubricant engineering

Quaker also conducted a lab comparison between the grease currently being used by the food processing plant, and Quaker’s QUAKERTEK™ AXF 2202-EPW using the following lab tests:

  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Penetration – measure by Penetrometer
  • 4 Ball – EP Bearings
  • Dropping Point
  • Water Washout – Sealer
  • Compatibility – comparison between competitor grease to Quaker grease when mixed together