Why Oil Viscosity Matters

Determining the appropriate viscosity when selecting a lubricant for your machinery is paramount — but it doesn't have to be difficult if you're armed with the right knowledge. We've gathered some terrific online resources to help educate you on the fine art of lubricant viscosity. As always, our knowledgeable lubricant engineering staff is available to help you answer any nitty gritty questions you may have regarding the best use and application of a diverse range of products across all types of equipment.

• Note that the most significant variable affecting viscosity is temperature. Read on to learn about an oil’s viscosity index and learn about this relationship.

• Shear stress and shear rate can also contribute to changes in viscosity within applications.

• Viscosity is critical!But what else should I know?