NLGI recently announced a new collaboration with the Center for Quality Assurance (CQA) to define future grease specifications. As part of the working relationship, NLGI has contracted with CQA to interview and survey members of the grease industry to help define new specifications and ensure they meet the needs of today’s grease-lubricated applications.
The initial focus will be on updated specifications for premium grease that could be used in a variety of bearings and applications which require similar lubricating properties. Additional specifications will be defined for high loads, water resistance, corrosion resistance and long-life applications. Future specification work may include grease for gearboxes, electric motors and other applications.
“NLGI’s board has moved quickly to implement this working relationship with CQA, and we look forward to creating new specifications for grease that are relevant with respect to newer bearings and applications, as well as employing the best possible performance tests available,” said Joe Kaperick, NLGI president. “We hope that this will result in grease manufacturers being able to offer better products to the market and grease consumers having better guidance with respect to product performance.”
As a leading international organization for lubricating grease, NLGI currently certifies grease through its certification mark program, which includes the GC-LB performance classification. This certification program has provided an internationally recognized grease specification for grease and bearing manufacturers, users and consumers since 1989.
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