“It is the first product that we have ever used that actually worked.”
Benchmark Imaging Group is a well-established X-ray equipment manufacturer and reseller. Their engineers have used the latest tools and technology to service and repair thousands of used X-ray equipment.
The owner and operating manager, Pete Schliebner, has been an X-ray service engineer for twenty three years. His years of experience have given him the ability to troubleshoot most X-ray equipment related problems, but he was stumped when it came to a problem involving the proprietary industrial machine that his company manufactures, the Merlin Laue System. The parts positioning subsystem of the machine consists of three motorized tables, with stepper motors and lead screws. One of the tables travels vertically. Unfortunately, the vertical table’s operation created a strong harmonic vibration as the nut traveled along the lead screw; producing an unbearably loud screeching noise. “For 15 years, we have been trying to find a solution to eliminate the squealing,” states Schliebner.
In order to solve this issue, Schliebner tried using dozens of different lubricants. “We’ve used just about every type of grease we could find.” One of which was an oil that was recommended which required the service engineers to re-lube the machines at least once a week. It was not only a hassle to apply the oil every week, but the product did not even work. Schliebner recalled, “All it did was make a huge mess, and it never did stop the squealing, even when you first put it on.”
“For 15 years, we have been trying to find a solution…”
Magnalube-GX has a molecularly bound MOLY-PTFE formula that absorbs vibrations and does not allow any metal-to-metal contact. It seals the gaps between the nut and the lead screws while still providing lubrication for the nut to travel smoothly. Its tackiness and exceptional film strength allow it to stay where you put it, unlike other lubricants that migrate. Magnalube-GX was exactly what Benchmark Imaging Group was looking for, providing them a way to make a better, more reliable product. Their customers can now enjoy the perks: less maintenance and a significant reduction to noise.
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