Run smoother, run faster.
Lubricants can be found everywhere we look, from automobiles and ships to factories and the home.
They keep things running smoothly and also help conserve energy.
Without lubricants, our machines would simply grind to a halt.
Lubricating oils have been around for millennia, and were even used in the construction of the pyramids in ancient Egypt. As machinery has evolved, lubricants have undergone radical changes to keep pace. Today, the creation of new lubricants involves precise control of their molecular structures.
We've come a long way from the days when lubricating oil was just another fraction of crude oil. For example, oils that flow almost like water lubricate our automobile engines, greatly improving fuel efficiency and helping to conserve energy.
Lubricants also play a key role in reducing the amount of energy consumed by equipment in factories and around the home.
Here at the Lubricants Research Laboratory, we'll continue our work to create better lubricants, ones which save energy and help to protect the environment.