The National Lubricating Grease Institute (NLGI) GC-LB certification mark, an indicator of high quality grease for over 30 years, has been joined by a new set of High-Performance Multiuse (HPM) standards. OEMs demand ever-greater protection for their machines, while operators face pressure to improve profitability by reducing their total cost of ownership – including maintenance. This need to deliver on multiple fronts is what resulted in the High-Performance Multiuse grease standards. This article explores these new standards and how OEMs, formulators, marketers and additive companies will all need to work together to ensure their greases are performance-ready. Grease has been viewed as the most basic of lubricants and it has become time to acknowledge its ability to deliver real performance gains.
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