NEOL: lubricating the path to a sustainable future

Author: NEOL

It is hard to ignore the impact we humans have had on the planet. Rapid industrialisation has polluted the earth, led to the exploitation of natural resources, created more waste, and caused long-term environmental damage. And, for quite some time, we’ve known that this is happening…but we’ve been unable to stop.

Because it isn’t just a simple case of turning off the machines. They have become ingrained in our daily lives and our global eco-system. They are how we get to work, transport goods, power our homes, and care for our families. Machines and technology have transformed the world we live in, and they are here to stay.

But we can’t shrug off the damage we are doing either, nor should we be lean into the mindset of it being ‘too late’ to make a difference. We just need to make small adjustments to the way we do things. These adjustments might not lead us to net zero individually, but together they can, without costing us anything extra. For example, though we might not be able to simply stop using diesel fuel, we can make its usage more efficient. While we won’t be able to run machines without oils and greases, we can make those products less toxic.

There is still time, and it is time for us to do something now. Time for us to make the dirty things cleaner, our machines more efficient and our lives more sustainable. It’s time for change.

Fighting technology with technology

There’s a saying that you can’t fight fire with fire. But you can. Firefighters have been known to combat forest fires using a controlled burn that depletes the fire’s fuel. And similarly, while the technology humans have created may have got us into this position, it is also our best option to get ourselves out of it.

Enter tribology, i.e., the study of friction, wear, and lubrication. While it might not be the first thing that springs to mind when thinking about sustainability, 23% of the world’s total energy consumption originates from tribological contacts, and it is definitely an area that we should be giving more attention.

Which is exactly what we’ve done at NEOL. Through decades of research and development in the field of tribology, we have created a revolutionary new technology that is kinder to machines, and better for our planet.

We call it CuGlide, and it represents an entirely new approach to lubricant technology.

A greener future with CuGlide

The name CuGlide comes from the most important element in our anti-wear additive which is, of course, copper. It works by creating a thin copper film on metal surfaces which increases mechanical efficiency, protects machine parts, and eliminates wear almost entirely.

On top of this, instead of using toxic phosphorus and sulphur compounds – the fundamental approach to anti-wear for over 70 years – we use organic copper salts in our lubricants, allowing them to be safely reused and recycled.

Not only will NEOL’s CuGlide technology help you meet sustainability goals, but it will also allow you to benefit from less maintenance and lower replacement costs – as well as protecting our environment now and into the future.

It’s time for change. And NEOL is here to drive that change; by reducing wear leading to a longer life span for machine assets, reducing friction equating to greater fuel savings and efficiency, and by creating a more sustainable world from which we will all benefit.