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Types of Cable Lubricant and Their Uses

February 12, 2021

Apart from modern machines and components, cabled strings and wires also require lubrication in order to function properly. They are oiled using an industrial fluid called cable lubricant, a compound used to reduce friction between parts and components. It is very effective in minimizing the wear and tear that is caused by frictional forces during the normal use of tools and equipment. The lubricant can usually contain 80% to 90% water, silicone, polymers, Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP), wax, and adhesives. When formulated and mixed well, these chemicals create an excellent lubricant that can be used in various applications.


Lubrication must be applied periodically or when needed and the use of a high-quality cable lubricant can effectively meet or exceed expectations.


The most important feature is for the protection of cables against corrosion. The lubricant can be classified into three major types, including the following:




This kind of lubricant is usually a petrochemical or plant-based chemical that comes in low to high viscosity. It is made to provide high moisturization while enhancing the gliding ability of the cable parts as well as the tools and equipment. While most oils are synthetic, there are also natural oil lubricants available.


Hydraulic and Transmission Fluids


These lubricants have a vital role in industrial power transmission and the regulation of hydraulic processes. They are most fitted for machines with specialty engines that require regular lubrication.


Dielectric Greases


This kind of lubricant decreases friction while providing electrical conduction properties. It is commonly used on capacitors, electrical machines, and electric discharge systems. With its great resistance to extreme heat, it is best for thermal transfer. 


The application of cable lubricant plays an integral role in any cable pulling operation that involves a lot of friction between the insulating cover and conductor. When choosing the right type for your specific application, the essential factors you have to consider include coating abilities, eco-friendliness, and the presence of penetrating solvents.


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