The danger of cross reference charts with oils

There are industry standard specifications for engine oils, gear oils, hydraulic oils, turbine oils, etc. Standardized specifications are wonderful for the end user, simplifying product choice and ensuring a certain level of performance. This also facilitates cross-referencing, and ultimately, a degree of product commoditization.

Greases are different. There have been very few industry standard specifications, and as a result no two greases are exactly alike. Grease performance can vary not just due to formulation differences, but also as a result of the manufacturing equipment and processing used. The wide variety of grease applications creates a need for product differentiation, but makes it difficult to compare performance of the many greases in the marketplace.

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