ExxonMobil announced that its Equipment Builder Group will mark its 100th anniversary in 2014, noting that the group works with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in more than 150 countries to develop high-performance lubricants for mining and other industrial sectors.

Comprising technical experts and engineers with backgrounds across many disciplines, ExxonMobil said the group often works with OEMs from the start of equipment conception through to design and construction. This level of insight, from the ground up, enables the team to develop recommendations on formulating effective lubricants.

These relationships, according to the company, have been of great benefit in regard to lubrication formulation and performance. For example, next-generation products such as Mobil SHC Gear oil can potentially help industrial organizations secure tangible benefits such as im-proved gear and bearing protection and extended oil life even under extreme conditions. The new gearbox oil range, said the company, also offers the potential to improve energy efficiency of mining equipment, with some tests recording energy savings up to 3.6%.

The Equipment Builder Group, said the company, has been at the forefront of ExxonMobil securing an extensive range of OEM approvals and recommendations for its products-such as its Mobil SHC synthetic lubricants, which are approved for use in more than 10,000 applications and have preferential endorsements from more than 2,500 equipment builders, including Komatsu, BELAZ and P&H. Mobil SHC 600 Series oils alone, it pointed out, are approved for use in 1,800 applications by more than 500 major equipment builders, including Siemens for use in Flender gearboxes.

To further help mining companies determine the right oil or grease for their machinery, ExxonMobil has developed Looble, an online Mobil-branded industrial lubricant product selector. This service enables industrial plant operators and maintenance professionals to match their equipment needs with lubrication recommendations for machinery manufactured by more than 6,500 equipment builders and OEMs around the world.