An independent research institute in Germany announced in March of this year that it has developed two real-time methods for measuring the homogeneity of lubricating greases during the production process. What do these new methods entail, and how might they change the quality control game for grease makers around the globe?
What Is Grease Homogeneity?
Very simply put, a homogenous grease is one that has a uniform structure or composition throughout. In other words, the various components that make up the grease—in essence, the base oil, the additives and the thickener—are very well mixed.
While it may seem obvious why it is important for a lubricating grease to be adequately homogenized, it is worth taking the time to explicitly state the merits of homogeneity.