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Lube-Tech


PUBLISHED BY LUBE: THE EUROPEAN LUBRICANTS INDUSTRY MAGAZINE


No.123 page 1


Transforming Technologies in Grease Industry Biobased Grease and Microwave Based Reactors


Are there Waveguides in our future?


Dr. Lou A. Honary, President, Environmental Lubricants Manufacturing, Inc.


Introduction Chances are a decade from now the majority of the automobiles produced will be electric vehicles. The availability of Global Positioning System (GPS) too is transforming driving and autonomous electric vehicle will further transform the nature of personal transportation. We may also see product processed using microwaves instead of heat transfer oil or steam; and lubricants will be mostly environment friendly and bio-based.


The history of bio-based technology is rich with examples of accidental transformational events resulting in long lasting impacts. In 1901, a fire in a small automobile manufacturing plant destroyed all the vehicles that were under construction. Out of necessity, the owner of the plant, Mr. Eli R. Olds, who had only one of the then famous Curved Dash Oldsmobiles in


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his garage, disassembled the vehicle and contracted with different shops in Detroit to manufacture each piece in a way that would be fully interchangeable. This led to the invention of mass assembly; and Detroit became famous as Motor City (later Motown). Henry Ford utilised conveyors and created the mass production technique with significant impact on the cost and availability of internal combustion engines. Coincidentally also in 1901, the discovery of cheap oil in Spindletop Texas led to the availability of an abundance of cheap fuel for the internal combustion engines. At a critical time in the history of automobiles these events played a significant role in the popularity of the internal combustion engines as the selected power plant for over a century. The electric vehicle that at the time had won three of the first automobile races with a much cleaner and more efficient power plant lost the market to internal combustion engines which


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