Slide Ways, or slideways, provide a challenge for lubricants to maintain the separation between pressurized, moving, metal components. With high film strengths, these oils prevent metal-to-metal contact commonly experienced in machinery that has sliding or transforming components. Slideways require a displacement of friction to run smoothly and, as such, require specific lubricants that are formulated to prevent the advent of stick-slip issues that are common with these sorts of machines.
Slideway lubricants labeled as ISO VG 32 oils have viscosities of 32 mm2/s (cSt) - this number refers to the midpoint kinematic viscosity which is derived from a range of viscosity measurements.
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