Environment is the Trend
This actuality shows that new lubricants, which are rapidly biodegradable and ecologically non-toxic, are being developed and marketed, which implies that a trend for the near future is born.
“The test facilities in Stuttgart are impressive and extremely well resourced.”
The use of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants represents a new requirement that implies the proper identification of oil to sea interfaces, oils to be installed and corrective actions to be taken. As a part of the EPA VGP2013, non-compliance with the EAL requirements constitutes a permit violation which could result in high fines per violation.
Many of our customers support the goals of the EPA with respect to the use of EALs and expect the same from their suppliers and request Trelleborg Sealing Solutions to confirm that sealing materials are compatible with the EALs.
Sealing in specific lubricants that are blended to meet environmental regulations for global marine applications can be challenging. That’s where the research and development resources of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions can ensure that integrity will be maintained and seal life maximized.
In order to support this, a series of significant investments into testing, materials and research have been made, ensuring that Trelleborg can support our customers effectively.
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions constantly strives to improve customer involvement at the earliest stage of new R&D activities, with suppliers, institutes, experts and external researchers involved in the process as well.
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has research and development centers at key points globally. For Europe, these reside in the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions head office in Stuttgart, Germany.
“The formulation of different lubricants varies. Changing lubricants within an application can cause an issue with the sealing materials used, therefore their compatibility must be validated,” says Mark Reuter, responsible for testing and analytics in the laboratory in Stuttgart. “As the make-up of lubricants is proprietary, the only way to ensure that sealing materials will maintain their integrity and provide the required life is to test them.
At Trelleborg, we believe that the benefits of our solutions stretch beyond functionality and business performance. Whenever possible they should also contribute to better sustainability. In fact, many of our solutions protect the environment and people, as well as infrastructure and other assets. This is what we call Blue Dimension™ – Solutions for Better Sustainability.