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Chemical processing and petrochemical plants present similar challenges to a range of other refineries and processing plants. Similar processes and technologies are used in water treatment, natural gas, oil refineries, even pharmaceutical and beverage manufacture. 

Chemical Plant Lubrication Systems

A major challenge within the chemical industry is sourcing the correct lubricants, that will not react with the chemicals involved, and can stand up to the rigors of the industry.

Chemical industry lubrication

Operational safety is crucial in the chemical industry, where processes pose the risk of fire and explosion. For this reason, synthetic oils and greases are often used, which are formulated to avert these specific risks. 

But because of their interaction with reactive chemicals they should be inert, non-flammable, with high ignition points, and non-toxic. Furthermore, they need to resist steam and water, and be non-corrosive for when they contact seals etc.

  • Vacuum pumps
  • Seals
  • Valves
  • Fans
  • Blowers
  • Pumps
  • Bearings
  • Motors
  • Sintered bearings
  • Extruders
  • Pelletizers
  • Gearboxes
  • Lifting equipment
  • Compressors
  • Transport

Petrochemical systems

Chemical plants often run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In fact some chemical plants can operate solidly for well over a year before having to shut down. 

This demonstrates the obvious stresses on machinery, and the maintenance programme should reflect these heavy work loads. 

Chemical plant lubrication systems

ATS automatic lubricators for chemical plants are compact and hardwearing. Offering up to 2 years of maintenance free lubrication they are the number one choice to protect equipment. 

Direct or remote mounting is done in seconds, and can allow you to swap lubricators whilst machinery is operating, essential in the chemical industry. 

Offering the most cost-effective and reliable alternative to centralised lubrication systems, ATS products ensure that uptime is maximised, and catastrophic failure is a thing of the past.

Bearing failure is a major cause of machinery breakdown, and in high value operations like the petrochemical industry, the wrong bearing can have dramatic knock on effects. 

Research has shown that as much as 60% of bearing failure is directly attributable to improper lubrication and contaminants, so choosing the correct lubrication system becomes crucial to maximise turnover.

We manufacture waterproof and steamproof lubricators, and with an excellent operating temperature range they are more than able to withstand the pressures of the chemical industry. And by applying positive pressure at the lubrication point they eradicate contamination.

As we mentioned earlier, these two factors alone help to reduce bearing failure by 60%.

Of course automatic lubrication is not a substitute for a good maintenance programme, it is a part of it. Machinery, leakages, and grease consistency must still be visually inspected from time to time to ensure the plant is in good shape.  


  • Durable, reliable systems
  • Use with any specialised lubricant
  • Ambient operating temp -40° to + 55°C
  • Steam & water resistant
  • Up to 2 year lubricant dispense cycle


  • Minimise corrosion & contamination
  • Reduce machinery failure
  • Maintain uptime period
  • Prolong component life
  • Lower maintenance, lubricant, & repair costs

Chemical processing lubricator applications

The versatility of ATS automatic lubricators means that they can be used in a wide range of chemical processing applications, including...

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Chemical plant lubricants need to be able to withstand extreme temperatures and pressure, and they also need to perform the functions of a regular lubricant to protect equipment.

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