Historically, aircraft maintenance operations had to carry several different greases for different lubrication needs. But then Shell developed AeroShell Grease 33 - a universal airframe grease. AeroShell Grease 33 is effective on virtually all airframe components. For those components where AeroShell Grease 33 is not suitable, AeroShell 22 will do the job. A complete grease range in two products.
Why use AeroShell Grease 33?
- replacing the number of greases used on the aircraft with a common grease prevents misapplication of the wrong grease and damage to the aircraft
- the much improved corrosion resistance and wear protection properties of ASG 33 help prevent expensive replacement of parts whilst also allowing lubrication intervals to be extended
- replacing a range of greases with just one, reduces stock inventory and cost.
For many years aircraft operators have been seeking to rationalise the greases used on aircraft and to reduce the number of different greases in their inventories. Recently Boeing began research on a new, general purpose, corrosion-inhibiting grease. The aim was for a non-clay based grease that would provide longer life for components and mechanisms and possess improved wear and corrosion resistance. This led to the introduction of the new Boeing Specification BMS 3-33.