MATO: The History of Lube-Shuttle®
Nearly a decade ago the German-based company MATO, which specializes in lubrication equipment and belt lacing equipment/supplies, developed the lube-shuttle® cartridge as a replacement for the standard open-ended grease cartridge. Instantly the potential of the new cartridge became evident as it provided a much cleaner and more efficient way of greasing. Not only was the cartridge exceptionally easy to change, but since the cartridge was sealed with a plunger of its own and operated by vacuum it eliminated the need for a heavy spring and plunger found on a standard grease gun. As it turned out the spring and plunger is the source of many of the complications found in a standard grease gun.
Perhaps the largest advantage of the lube-shuttle cartridge is MATO’s commitment to quality. All the components of the cartridge are made of high-quality components allowing them to be saved and reused over and over again. Not only does this keep waste out of the landfills but it also reduces the strain on existing resources. Billions of tubes of grease are used every year and these old-style paper cartridges cannot be reused or recycled so they end up in a landfill and new paper cartridges are required.
After several uses or intense wear the Lube-Shuttle® cartridges do have to be discarded, but not to worry, they are recyclable because they are made of low impurity plastic and because they clean nearly 100% out of grease!