When Do Synthetic Lubricants Make Sense?
The use of synthetic lubricants in industrial and automotive applications is becoming more common due in part to the marketing of synthetics. The word “synthetic” has nearly become synonymous with high quality or high performance. However, it should not be a given that a synthetic formulation is always the right choice. This paper provides an overview of the three chemical category types of lubricants, defines synthetic lubricants and describes the major types, including their general applications, benefits and disadvantages, in order to help alleviate some of the confusion for lubricant end users as they select lubricants for their equipment.