In this video, Allan Barber, Global Industrial OEM Manager, Daniel O'Meara, Industrial OEM Manager, and Tim Cooper, Global Commercial Manager - Industrial Additives, discuss industry standards and OEM specifications.
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Industry standards are the minimum requirements for a lubricant. Common specifications will be FLENDER, DIN 51517, ZF, SEW-EURODRIVE, for example. Now, from the perspective of the OEM, this is not enough to ensure that it contributes even more to the durability of its gearbox. OEM specifications will have more severe criteria, additional test methods. We move into areas such as micropitting resistance, bearing protection, extended thermal and oxidative stability. They're the kind of features that an operator will look for to ensure he's going to have the right performance and protection of the capital asset that he's made in buying that gearbox. When an end user decides to purchase an oil which is not fulfilling the requirements of the OEM, it could lead to machine breakdown, or gearbox breakdown, which will interrupt his production line, so the impact, economically, can be massive.