Klϋber Lubrication recently introduced a new environmentally acceptable lubricant (EAL) grease for articulated tug and barge (ATB) couplings.
Klüberbio AM 12-501 is an adhesive EAL grease designed specifically for the large plain bearings, rams and connectors used in ATB coupling systems. It is based on fully synthetic ester oils for high performance and biodegradability, aluminum complex thickener for adhesion and resistance to water, and select additives to help reduce wear.
The grease meets ATB coupling system specifications from most original equipment manufacturers for pumpability, resistance to water washout and spray-off, corrosion protection and load-carrying capabilities.
In addition, Klüberbio AM 12-501 complies with the 2013 Vessel General Permit requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for biodegradability, minimal toxicity and bioaccumulation, and therefore qualifies as an environmentally acceptable lubricant.
Operators may also be able to reduce their current lubricant consumption based on the performance of the fully synthetic base oil, thickener and additive package contained in the grease, which could lead to considerable cost savings.
Klϋber will showcase Klüberbio AM 12-501 along with other products at the International WorkBoat Show, Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 in New Orleans.
For more information, visit www.klueber.com.