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Success Story: Superior Lubrication for Energy-Efficiency in the Plastics Industry

Success Story: Superior Lubrication for Energy-Efficiency in the Plastics Industry

As a fast-developing economy, India is currently witnessing an escalating demand in the use and re-use of plastics across several industries. Fulfilling these demands has, thus, become imperative to ensure sustained growth of the country to accelerate its development journey. Additionally, employing 4 million people, the plastics industry in India is a multimillion dollar business that is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 6.6% from 2022 to 2027, reaching almost US $ 56.42 billion in 2027.

Aligning with the projected growth, businesses in the sector today are focusing their attention on achieving productivity and profitability along with ensuring energy-efficiency in operations. The biggest challenge that the industry is encountering is in reducing its carbon footprint, to become cleaner and more energy-efficient. Most plastic manufacturing plants, therefore, require adequate and superior-quality lubrication to increase reliability as well as to improve the total cost of ownership through high-performance and high-pressure lubricants. Addressing this challenge as well as many others, Mobil provides exceptional hydraulic oils which are designed to provide outstanding service in terms of equipment protection, long oil life, and problem-free operations enabling increased productivity and efficiency.

Solutions through premium lubrication

Mobil associated with Supreme Industries Limited, India’s largest plastic manufacturing and processing company. Supreme handles volumes of over 3,20,000 tonnes of polymer annually across its 27 plant locations for export to more than 55 countries. However, the plastic injection molding machine used by the company that was previously lubricated by a competitive ISO VG 68 HLP hydraulic oil was leading to high energy consumption which increased operational costs, reduced machine productivity, and negatively impacted the environment.

To meet the rigorous demand of energy conservation, Supreme reached out to Mobil’s Field Engineering Services (FES) team who conducted thorough studies of the equipment, its performance and challenges faced. Thereafter, the team recommended a switch to the Mobil DTE 10 ExcelTM 68 hydraulic oil, a “shear stable” high viscosity index zinc-free energy-efficient hydraulic oil, for their plastic injection molding machine. The energy-efficiency demonstration of Mobil DTE 10 Excel 68 was performed on their injection molding machine using the vane pump for the same tonnage produced with the same mold material.

Post the switch, Supreme witnessed a 3.97% increase in energy efficiency and 3⁰C drop in hydraulic oil bath temperature v/s premium competitive oils in its injection molding machine. Eight such machines are now running with the use of Mobil oil resulting in an overall annual savings of US$ 8,586.

Leading lubrication innovation

The Mobil DTE 10 Excel Series high performance anti-wear hydraulic oils help reduce power consumption and increase machine output. These oils help keep modern hydraulic systems cleaner for longer and have been proven to boost hydraulic efficiency by up to 6 per cent. The products demonstrate outstanding oxidation and thermal stability allowing for long oil life and minimized deposit formation in severe hydraulic systems using high pressure, high output pumps. The innovative ultra-keep-clean performance protects critical hydraulic system components from malfunction. The shear stable, high viscosity index allows for a wide range of operating temperatures maintaining maximum hydraulic efficiency and utmost component protection at both low and high temperatures. Formulated with extensive laboratory and in-service field testing, the Mobil DTE 10 Excel series can help provide quantifiable increases in hydraulic efficiency, translating to reduced power consumption or increased machine output, resulting in monetary savings.

With customer experience at the centre of its brand ambition, Mobil is collaborating closely with industry leaders like Supreme to help them achieve their productivity and energy-efficiency goals. Bringing a legacy of 150-years complemented by continuous R&D, Mobil remains committed to innovating lubrication services and supporting the sustainable growth of the plastics industry in India.

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