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The Kluberbio ALO 32-4000 switch plate lubricant from Kluber Rail has achieved OECD 301 B certification as a rapidly biodegradable rail-track lubricant.

After 28 days, the biodegradability was showing results as high as 83.7 per cent, which is 23.7 per cent higher than the specified required 60 per cent in accordance with the OECD 301 B test.

This rapidly biodegradable lubricant is environmentally friendly and also saves on costs, according to the company.

Kluberbio ALO 32-4000 is a solvent-free fluid grease that, when applied to the surface, forms a thin long-lasting lubricating film on the slide plates with a service temperature range of -40C to +80C.

Following five years of rigorous testing, which included more than 3,500 cycles per test for more than 80 hours with 30 minutes of rain simulation using 27 litres of water at 60C to simulate an increased wet environment, with a load of 450N, the surfaces were consistently covered with sufficient lubricating film with excellent corrosion protection.

Throughout the temperature range of -35C to +80C, the friction force remained constant between 150N and 250N.

In comparison to a typical non-Kluber switch plate lubricant, the results under the same test conditions showed a friction force ranging from 100N (at 25C) to 400N (at -11C).

The test of the non-Kluber product failed because of excessive friction forces at -25C.

In addition to the temperature limitations, this material also showed corrosion issues throughout the tests.

Such a failure could prove catastrophic should the regular maintenance intervals of the plates lapse, according to Kluber.

The Kluber switch plate lubricant offers high reliability and safety, extended re-lubrication intervals to two or three times those of previously used switch plate lubricants and lower lubricant consumption, according to test results.

Kluberbio ALO 32-4000 was designed as a sprayable lubricant.

Maintenance engineers no longer have to bend over to brush on the grease; they simply use a spray gun instead.

Kluber Lubrication

Kluber Lubrication, the world market leader in speciality lubricants offers expert tribological solutions. Through our worldwide presence, we meet customers needs reliably and on time. We supply tailor-made speciality lubricants to customers from almost all branches of industry around the world; certified and passed by the likes of the NSF, DVGW, WRAS to name a few. In addition to the various external cerfication bodies, Kluber Lubrication and our range of lubricants including oils, greases, pastes, bonded coatings etc also meet the ISO standards ISO9002 and ISO21469 for lubricants in the food processing and pharmaceutical industries.

With over 75 years of experience, industry specific know-how, and exceptional test facilities all help to optimise our solutions. We will never attempt to be the cheapest and we will always strive to be the most cost effective.

We have… Hundreds of OEM recommendations, many user testimonials and case studies backing; Proven Sales. Improved Reliability. Improved Safety. Lubrication Reassurance.

With a portfolio of around 2,000 standard formulations and well over 1000 specials, Kluber feature in virtually all conceivable industrial applications. Products and Services consist of to name a few: Oils (Synthetic, Semi Synthetic, Mineral). Greases (Synthetic, semi Synthetic, mineral base oils / most thickener types). Pastes (assembly, anti-seize, anti fretting, electrically conductive). Food and Pharmaceutical grade (oils, greases, pastes). Bonded coatings. Waxes. Full biodegradable range. Dry Lubricants. Automatic lubricators. Corrosion protection.

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