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May 2020

Achieving Balance

Munzing’s next generation Foam Ban product range includes the Foam Ban HP900, 1500 and 1800 series, all designed to achieve the delicate balance needed for foam control effectiveness in industrial fluids. This generation of defoamers delivers outstanding persistence under harsh conditions, is fast acting with excellent foam knock-down and provides optimum compatibility and dosage, according to maker Munzing. The defoamers also feature exceptional initial and long-lasting defoaming performance, excellent compatibility and stability in fluid concentrates, superior washability and paintability. Web:

Munzing Foam Ban
Farewell, foam!

Sealed and Delivered

Chemours’ Krytox Performance Lubricants feature a range of greases that offer excellent adhesion properties, do not oxidize and have good high-temperature stability, the company says. The greases are resistant to acidic or caustic cleaners and disinfectants, steam and moisture. They are compatible with all types of seal materials and can be used on seals in pumps, compressors, engines and other pressurized equipment. They also can be used in weather-proofing applications in automobiles. The greases can aid in assembly and improve O-ring durability and reliability. Web:

Krytox Seal Greases
A sure seal

Three-roll Mill

Released in January, Exakt Technologies’ Exakt 120S Plus is the newest addition to the company’s S-line of three-roll mills. The mill offers a color display that enables easy monitoring of the production timer, speed, temperature and power consumption. It boasts an adjustable gap range from approximately 5 to 220 micrometers and increased safety features, such as safe cleaning and reverse operation modes. The mill is available with rollers made of chrome or aluminum oxide and can process a wide variety of materials, such as lubricants, on an industrial scale, the company claimed. Web: 

Exakt Three-roll Mill
Safe Rolling

Oil Change Kit for Motorcycles

Amsoil rolled out a series of new motorcycle oil change kits. The HDCK and HDBK kits are compatible with Harley-Davidson motorcycles manufactured from 1999 through 2016. These kits include 4 quarts of Amsoil SAE 20W-50 Synthetic V-Twin motorcycle oil as well as one oil filter in chrome or black and one drain plug O-ring. For bikes manufactured from 2017 to the present, the HDMC and HDMB kits include 5 quarts of oil along with the filter and drain plug O-ring. Web: 

Amsoil Motorcycle Oil Change Kit
The whole kit and caboodle for Harleys

Hybrid Lubes

Motul launched a comprehensive product range for hybrid vehicles with gasoline engines, including four engine oils, a coolant and a transmission fluid. The engine oils in the range come in viscosity grades SAE 0W-20, SAE 0W-16, SAE 0W-12 and SAE 0W-8. They offer good cold starts, decreased oil consumption and engine cleanliness, the company claims. Each oil in the range is available in 1-, 4-, 20- and 208-liter packages. Motul DHT e-ATF, the range’s transmission fluid, is completely synthetic and protects both the mechanical and electric propulsion sources in hybrids. Web:

April 2020

Keep It Quiet

Chemours has designed its Krytox Performance Lubricants to deliver very low in-cabin noise levels in automobiles. The lubricants eliminate unwanted noise from weather stripping and have excellent resistance to washout or degradation from rain, car washes and road chemicals. The lubes have low volatility and high resistance to drying out, the company claims. They are also easy to apply, non-staining, non-migrating and durable for the lifetime of the vehicle. The lubes’ areas of application include airbag and steering wheel components, facia and trim panels, console parts, headrests, and instrument panels. Web:​

Chemours Krytox Performance Lubricants
Unheard of silence

Farewell to Foam

Specialty additive company Munzing’s Foam Ban 155 is a defoamer based on a hybrid of siloxane and polyacrylate in synthetic hydrocarbon. The defoamer is designed to provide excellent surface foam control while also minimizing its impact on air release in non-aqueous industrial lubricants. The company claims that the defoamer can help prevent pump cavitation and depletion of additives while also providing increased wear protection and extended tooling life. Foam Ban 155’s areas of application include non-aqueous grinding fluids, cutting oils, hydraulic oils and gear oils. Web:

Munzing Foam Ban 155
Foam is a foe no more.

Recycle, Reuse

Greif’s new GCube intermediate bulk container is a greener shipping option. The inner layer of the container is made of high density polyethylene, while the two external layers are made from a blend of post-consumer resin. The company claims that the layers assure product integrity while the outer PCR layers reduce the carbon footprint of the entire container by up to 11 percent. The new IBC is currently available from Greif’s Castenedolo plant in Italy and will soon be available across the globe in countries including Germany, Netherlands, Russia, China, Spain and the United States. Web:

Greif GCube
Cubes of sustainability

Low-viscosity Motor Oil

Special Tec AA 0W-16 is Liqui Moly’s newest motor oil, the lowest viscosity oil the company has ever made, designed to conserve fuel while reducing emissions. It also boasts good high- and low-temperature behavior as well as high shear stability, good wear resistance and extended oil life. According to the company, the oil meets the American Petroleum Institute’s SN Plus-Resource Conserving specification as well as the requirements of ILSAC GF-5. The oil is suitable for use in select vehicle models from Honda, Lexus, Suzuki and Toyota. Web: 

Liqui Moly Special Tec AA
German oil for Japanese cars

Block Oxidation

Global additive manufacturer SI Group has launched Ethanox 1315, a lubricant antioxidant that provides lower volatility under high temperatures and extends the effective usage range of the lubricant. The company says the phenolic antioxidant performs well in standalone applications and also works well in tandem with its other antioxidants in several industrial and engine oil applications. It is soluble in today’s base stocks and satisfies the requirements of old and new engine technology. Web: 


Apt Additive

Nanotech Industrial Solutions introduced its newest multi-functinoal additive, IW-5000. The water based antiwear, anti-friction and extreme pressure additive is formulated using inorganic nanostructured fullerene-like tungsten disulfide and may be used forsynthetic, semi-synthetic and emulsion metalworking fluids or any other water-miscible lubricating fluids. The company boasts that the zero-oil additive also offers good load carrying and cooling capacity and is nonflammable and nontoxic. Web: 

March 2020

Automatic Lube Controller

Graco Inc., a manufacturer of fluid handling equipment, developed the GLC X automatic lubrication controller and accompanying mobile app. The company claims that GLC X collects information that allows operators and technicians to make quick and informed decisions that can increase productivity. The controller is equipped with Bluetooth and works alongside the company’s Auto Lube app to monitor a range of lubrication metrics, including levels, pressure and configurations, and can operate in varied environments, from industrial plants to heavy-duty construction sites. The app is compatible with most automatic lubrication systems. Web: 

Control your lubes automatically.


Stationary Gas Engine Oil

Petro-Canada Lubricants’ Sentron SP 40 stationary gas engine oil is formulated with 0.75 percent sulfated ash and is designed for use in four-stroke stationary gas engines operating with steel pistons. According to the company, the oil’s thermal and oxidative stability prevents deposits in the top ring grooves of steel piston engines to reduce wear and increase engine durability, while its alkalinity retention extends drain intervals. The oil is also formulated to withstand high temperatures and pressures. Web: 

Sentron SP 40
Keep your stationary engines on the go.


Synthetic ATV Fluid

Amsoil introduced its new Synthetic ATV/UTV Powertrain Fluid for transmissions, differentials and front drives in Polaris all-terrain vehicles and utility task vehicles. The company says its fluid is formulated with 100 percent synthetic base oils that resist viscosity loss due to mechanical shear and form a lubricating film that can resist extreme pressure and heat. It also reduces clutch chatter and has good oxidation resistance, which prevents deposit formation and allows the engine to run cooler. The fluid will not void the vehicle’s warranty if used, the company said. Web:

February 2020

Total-ly Recycled Hydraulic Fluid

Total Lubrifiants’ Eco2 range of industrial hydraulic fluids is made from recycled base oils. The range includes Azolla Eco2 46 and Equivis Eco2 46, both of which are designed for use in all kinds of hydraulic systems running under high pressure. The fluids also boast low pour points, mechanical stability with high resistance to shear, good thermal stability and resistance to hydrolysis. The company reports that Azolla Eco2 46 complies with ISO 11158 HM and DIN 51524-2 HLP specifications, while Aquivis Eco2 46 complies with ISO 11158 HV and DIN 51524-3 HVLP. The range is available in Europe. Web:


PAG Base Oils

Croda Energy Technologies launched its Emkarox VG NS range of base fluids designed for use in marine applications. The company says the range is polyalkylene glycol based and possesses all the properties of conventional base oils. The fluids are non-emulsifiable, have good hydrolytic stability, disperse in water at low concentrations and are non-sheening. This makes them ideal for use in stern tubes, according to Croda. The oils are available in ISO 100 and ISO 150 viscosity grades. Web:


Oronite Adds Additives

Chevron Oronite’s Oloa 48027 and Oloa 48028 trunk piston engine oil additive packages are the newest addition to the company’s marine and power generation system products. The additive packages are designed to provide high performance in engines operating in severe conditions and to maintain engine cleanliness while also taking into consideration ships’ increasingly diverse fuel and base oil options. Oloa 48027 was formulated for 20 to 55 base number TPEO in engines operating with residual fuel, while Oloa 48028 is meant for 12 to 20 BN TPEO in engines operating with distillate fuels. Both packages will be available early this year. Web:

Oronite OLOA Additives
Additives keep ships in shape.

High Performance at High Temps

Petron Malaysia launched Petron High-Temperature Protection, a new line of engine oils and specialty lubricant products. The line includes Blaze Racing HTP engine oil for gasoline engines, Rev-X Turbo HTP engine oil for heavy-duty diesel engines, Gear Oil GHTP, Brake fluid HTP, ATF Premium HTP and Grease HTP. Both Blaze Racing HTP and Rev-X Turbo HTP are formulated using polyalphaolefin and are API licensed. The products are formulated to give improved engine cleanliness, efficiency and engine protection in extreme temperatures, the company claims. Web:


Biobased Industrial Lube

Neste and Finnish aerosol company AT-Tuote have developed an industrial lubricant made almost entirely from renewable materials, with Neste’s MY Renewable Isoalkane as its key component. AT Renewable Penetrating Lubricant can be used to release corroded parts, as well as to clean and lightly lubricate. According to AT-Tuote, the new sprayable lube combines renewable solvent and bio-based oil with a ceramic component that enables dry lubrication and easy release. The lube will be available in the spring of 2020 in Nordic countries as well as the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Germany. Web:

AT-Tuote Biobased Lube
Spray and play.

January 2020

Safe Unloading

Flexicon’s Bulk-out Model BFF bulk bag discharger keeps workers clear of moving parts while unloading bulk bags. The steel safety cage features externally mounted controls and full height doors that automatically halt operation when they are open. The discharger fully automates the unloading process, and the hopper can be connected to optional pneumatic or mechanical conveyors and other downstream equipment. Web:

Flexicon Bulk-out Model BFF
Dump out your bag.

Turbine Oil

ExxonMobil and GE have collaborated to develop Mobil SHC 918 EE, a new turbine oil designed for use in GE’s multi-shaft 7HA, 9HA, 6FA.01 and 7FA gas turbines. The companies claim that the oil can improve bearing efficiency by up to 15 percent compared to conventional ISO VG 32 turbine oils and is the first and only oil to meet GE’s Energy Efficient GEK 121603 specification. The oil also has good thermal stability, which limits the development of varnish in turbines. Web:


Wire Rope Lube

Rope-Tek PBL3700 Eco is Metalube’s wire rope build lubricant for making wire rope for ships. It can be applied at temperatures as low as 50 degrees Celsius and accommodates an operating temperature of up to 110 C. The lubricant is resistant to moisture, protects against corrosion and is fully biodegradable and non-toxic to aquatic organisms, the company says. It is also fully compliant with the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Vessel General Permit and carries the European Union’s Eco-label certification. Web:


Oils for Off-road Engines

Yamaha Motors Corp. USA rolled out two new fully synthetic engine oils designed for use in off-road engines. The GP Racing Spec oil is a competition blend and as such offers high thermal resistance, optimization of engine power and enhanced clutch and shifting performance, while the Hi-Performance oil provides durability, thermal stability and increased fuel efficiency, the company claims. Both oils are available in SAE 10W-40 viscosity grade and meet industry standards, including JASO MA for four-stroke engines. Web:

Yamaha Off-road Oils
Racing toward performance


Transport Tank

Hillebrand, a global service provider in the transport of products that require special care, introduced a new flexitank, which enables the transportation of non-hazardous liquids in temperature-controlled conditions. The tank is available in both dry and temperature-controlled 40-foot containers, and its design enables contents to be loaded and discharged from a single point with minimal residue remaining. The company says the tank also incorporates patented wave breaking technology to mitigate risk by dampening the surging of the liquid during transport and preventing container bulging. Web:

Hillenbrand Flexitank
Flex your shipping tanks


Motor Oil for Hybrids

Valvoline is working on its Valvoline Hybrid Vehicle Full Synthetic motor oil, designed to handle the unique demands of hybrid vehicle engines. The company claims that the oil will meet current industry standards. It will be available in SAE 5W-30 and SAE 0W-20 grades and will be acceptable for use in most current hybrid models from original equipment manufacturers such as Toyota, Honda and others. The oil is expected to officially launch in early 2020, the company stated. Web:​

Valvoline Hybrid Engine Oil
Oil to handle your hybrid


Opt for Automatic

CAMaster, a manufacturer of computer numerical control production solutions, introduced a new automatic lubrication system as an optional feature available on its CNC Routers, which can be used for aluminum machining. The CAMaster Auto Lube System eliminates the need to manually grease each bearing and ball screw and automatically applies the right amount of grease to each component, protecting against premature wear of the ball screw, bearings and linear rails. Since lubrication occurs while the machine is in operation, the Auto Lube System reduces downtime and is able to lubricate components in an abrasive or high-dust environment. The system can be used only on new CNC machines. Web:

December 2019

Chevron Lowers Ash

Delo 600 ADF, a new heavy-duty engine oil produced by Chevron, contains just 0.4 percent sulfated ash, which reduces the rate of diesel particulate filter clogging and can improve fuel economy retention by as much as 3 percent, the company claims. The oil meets API CK-4 specifications and has demonstrated good oxidation stability in industry, OEM and field tests, as well as extended drain intervals. The oil delivers good valvetrain wear protection and piston deposit performance and hit the market in December in SAE 15W-40 and SAE 10W-30 viscosity grades. Web:

Delo 600 ADF
Long live your DPF!

Grease While Gone

Petro-Canada Lubricants launched Grease-N-Go, an automatic lubricator designed to apply the correct amount of lubricant at the right time. The lubricator is refillable and can be mounted in areas that are difficult to reach, which can reduce safety hazards, maintenance costs and equipment downtime. Grease-N-Go is available in 125 milliliter and 250 ml sizes for seven of the company’s grease products in its Purity FG, Peerless and Precision product lines and can be used in the food manufacturing, general manufacturing and heavy-duty industries. Web: 

Grease N Go
Grease when you need it

Rotella for Gas Engines

Shell unveiled Rotella T4 NG Plus 15W-40, a heavy-duty engine oil, formulated to provide engine protection under a full range of pressures and temperatures in mobile natural gas engines, as well as gasoline and diesel fueled vehicles. According to the company, the oil offers piston and engine cleanliness, ignition system protection and emissions system compatibility. Shell Rotella T6 Full Synthetic SAE 0W-40 heavy-duty diesel engine oil also made its debut. The product meets API CK-4 specifications and is designed for use in on- and off-road vehicles and equipment. Web:

Heavy-duty Engine and Driveline

Petro-Canada Lubricants expanded its heavy-duty product lines with the launches of Duron Advanced SAE 5W-30 and Traxon Synthetic SAE 75W-85 lubricants. The fully synthetic Duron engine oil is designed to enhance fuel economy, durability, engine protection and shear stability for the latest heavy-duty engines. The Traxon product provides easier start-ups and improved cold weather shifting for manual transmissions, hypoid gears and rear axles. The fluid also offers enhanced efficiency and long-lasting wear protection that can extend equipment life and reduce unplanned downtime and associated maintenance costs, the company claims. Traxon Synthetic SAE 75W-85 is available globally, while Duron Advanced SAE 5W-30 is available only in North America. Web:

Petro-Canada Duron and Traxon
Heavy-duty doing fine

Grinding Fluid Filtration

Lubricant manufacturer and distributor Oelheld U.S. Inc. is bringing the Vomat UBF filtration system to the United States metalworking market. The system is a vacuum band filter equipped to handle a wide variety of sludge materials that can contaminate grinding fluids, such as ceramic, hollow structural sections, brass, aluminum oxide and disc abrasion, among other materials. It operates with oil as well as water-miscible coolants and is currently available in three sizes with filtration capacities of 110, 264 and 528 gallons per minute. Web:


Metalworking Fluid Management

Castrol, in conjunction with control systems company Tiefenbach, rolled out Castrol SmartControl, a system that allows manufacturers to automatically monitor and control central systems of metalworking fluids. The company claims that its system provides instant data that ensures metalworking processes are more efficient, reliable and can operate continuously without operator intervention. The system also enables measurement of concentration, pH level, conductivity, temperature and volume flow, the company said. Web:


Valvoline Goes for EVs

Valvoline’s EV Performance Fluids, including heat transfer fluid, drive system fluid, brake fluid and grease, are designed specifically for use in electric vehicles. The lubes contribute to longer vehicle lifespans by working to solve common EV issues, including battery temperature variations, powertrain performance, brake system corrosion, seal bearing failure and other problems, the company claims. The product line is available globally. Web:


Gas Truck Engine Oil

Shell launched its Shell Rotella Gas Truck full synthetic engine oil, designed for use in old and new gasoline-powered pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. It is formulated to provide engine protection for towing and hauling, while also offering added oxidation stability, improved volatility and low-temperature properties, the company stated. The oil is offered in viscosity grades SAE 0W-20, SAE 5W-20 and SAE 5W-30 and is available in the United States and Canada. It is approved for use in Ford, GM, Ram and Toyota gas-powered trucks and SUVs. Web:

Shell Rotella Gas Truck Engine Oil
Towing the line


Lubes for IMO 2020

Cepsa, a global energy company headquartered in Madrid, Spain, added two new marine lubricants to its product portfolio for vessels compliant with IMO 2020. Gavia 4050 is formulated to lubricate cylinders of slow-speed two-stroke marine engines. Larus 2040 is designed for use in four-stroke marine diesel engines and is compatible with both ultra- and very-low-sulfur fuel oils, the company claims. It can also be used in dual-fuel vessels that are powered by liquefied natural gas. Web: 

November 2019

Oils for Beemers

Liqui Moly rolled out three new engine oils, with two aimed at BMWs. Top Tec 6600 SAE 0W-20 meets BMW’s Longlife-17 FE+ and API SN Plus-Resource Conserving specifications, and is suitable for use in the latest gasoline engine BMWs, except the M series. Special Tec B FE SAE 5W-30 is developed for older BMW models with gasoline engines lacking particle filters. It carries BMW’s Longlife-01 FE and meets requirements for API SL, suitable for 2004 and earlier model years, the company says. Special Tec AA SAE 0W-16 meets requirements for API SN Plus-RC and ILSAC GF-5 and is suitable for select Honda, Lexus, Suzuki and Toyota models. Web: 

Top Tec 6600
New car, new oil

Rail Grease

Specialty chemical company Cortec has released Ecoline Rail Curve Grease, Winter, intended to lubricate rail curves in low temperatures. The grease is designed to reduce friction and protect against wheel and rail wear in high pressure areas, increasing rail and wheel life and reducing downtime and costs associated with wheel and rail replacement. The grease is biobased and biodegradable, the company says. It is available in 14-ounce cartridges (12 per carton), 5 gallon pails and 55 gallon drums. Web:

Ecoline Rail Grease
Slippery when cold

EV Lubes

ExxonMobil rolled out a new line of lubricants for electric vehicles. The product range includes Mobil EV Therm thermal management fluids formulated to manage heat and increase equipment life; Mobil EV Drive lubricants designed to protect gears and bearings in EVs; Mobil EV Cool Drive fluids to lubricate gears and bearings while cooling e-motors and power electronics; and Mobil EV Grease, a series of greases that can be used on e-motors, bearings and constant velocity joints. Web:

Electric Car
Keep your ride electrified.

Pennzoil Full Synthetics

Pennzoil added four new motor oils to its full synthetic lineup. Each product is made from gas-to-liquid base oil and is designed to cater to engine type and driving style, the company stated. Pennzoil Extended Care and Pennzoil Start/Stop Protection are available in viscosity grades SAE 0W-20 and SAE 5W-30, Pennzoil Maximum Power comes in SAE 0W-30 and Pennzoil Hybrid is available in SAE 0W-16. The oils meet API SN Plus-Resource Conserving and ILSAC GF-5 standards and are available from online retailers as of November 1. Web: 

Pennzoil Full Synthetic Oil
A full lineup of full synthetics

Chevron Gear Oils

Chevron’s Meropa MG gear oils are designed for use in industrial and marine clutched gear systems where extreme load and shock load protection is required. According to the company, the oils provide extreme pressure protection and defend against deposit formation and corrosion. They are also designed to offer long lubricant life and good wear protection with high load carrying capacity. The oils are suitable for use in clutched gearboxes required to pass the Ortlinghaus clutch test. 
Chevron also released the Caltex Meropa Elitesyn XM series, which it says is an improved formula of synthetic industrial gear oils designed for use in gearboxes that operate under severe loads and at high temperatures. Appropriate applications include mining, construction and manufacturing. The series is available in ISO 150 through ISO 680 viscosity grades in the Asia-Pacific region. Web:  


Count Your Particles

PerkinElmer Inc. has developed the LPC 500 Liquid Particle Counter, which couples with the company’s existing Avio 500 ICP-OES Oils system to provide particle counting and sizing in addition to wear metals analysis of in-service oils and lubricants. The equipment features single particle optical sizing technology and, paired with the Avio 500 system, enables lubricant testing laboratories to conduct two otherwise independent analyses in a single run. The company stated that results are delivered in less than one minute. Web:


Shell Synthetics in Asia

Shell Malaysia launched Shell Rimula Ultra 5W-30, a fully synthetic heavy-duty diesel engine oil that meets ACEA E6 and ACEA E9 specifications, as well as manufacturers’ standards for wear protection and cleanliness. Recommended for use in modern diesel engines that satisfy Euro 4 through Euro 6 emission standards, the oil offers extended drain intervals of up to 150,000 kilometers as well as better wear protection and fuel economy, the company claims. The company also expanded its Shell Helix Ultra range of fully synthetic passenger car engine oils with the addition of Helix Ultra API SN Plus SAE 0W-20 and Helix Ultra SAE 0W-40, available in Singapore. Web:  

Shell Synthetic Oil
Modern PCMO for Asia



October 2019

Cutting Fluids

Kiilto, a Finnish producer of industrial chemicals, launched plant based Easycool Futura and Easycool Futura 20 cutting fluids. The company says the fluids are made from vegetable oil esters, which allow for better adherence to lubricated surfaces than mineral oil based lubricants. The product is best suited for grinding, milling, drilling and cutting of steel and cast iron, but can also be used on copper and aluminum alloys. The company also stated that the fluids are fully biodegradable and possess good cooling properties. Web: 

kiilto cutting fluid
Making metalworking cool again

New Spin on Spindle Oil

Petro-Canada Lubricants launched Metworx Spindle Oil 2, a low-viscosity lubricant designed to meet the requirements of high-speed and precision machine stool spindle bearings with tight clearances. The oil is formulated with the company’s HT Severely Hydrocracked base oils and additives to prevent rust and oxidation for extended service life, the company claims. It offers thermal and oxidative stability, as well as foam prevention and water separation behavior. Low odor contributes to an operator-friendly environment. Web: 

Fluitec Kills Varnish

Fluitec International says it has found the magic formula to both clean away existing varnish from equipment and prevent further deposits from lubricating and hydraulic fluid. Based on a blend of API Group V base oils, Decon dissolves oil oxidation deposits and other contaminants and keeps them in solution. The company claims its product begins working immediately and has no impact on the chemistry or performance of the in-service oil. Web:


Shell's Indian MCO

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter Pvt. Ltd. and Shell Lubricants India have launched a new range of motorcycle engine oils formulated to match Honda’s requirements. The oils provide improved pick-up and acceleration, better fuel economy, engine protection during high operating temperatures and smooth gear shifting, the companies say. The new range of lubricants will be available in India in 0.8, 0.9 and 1 liter packaging. Web:


Grinding Fluid

Oelheld added TC-X 630 to its SintoGrind series of grinding fluids. The fluid is made from gas-to-liquid base oils and contains no sulfur, aromatics or nitrogen, the company claims. The product is designed for flute, profile and both outside and inside diameter grinding. It can be used on materials such as tungsten carbide, polycrystalline diamond, cubic boron nitride, cermet and ceramics, and on hollow structural sections. Oelheld also stated that the fluid exhibits stable viscosity over a wide temperature spectrum. Web:

grinding fluid
In the business of grinding

24-7 Oil Monitoring

Hitachi Construction Machinery Co.’s ConSite Oil feature is available on Hitachi equipment to be sold in Southeast Asia. Already available in European and Japanese markets, the feature gathers information about engine oil and hydraulic oil from a sensor built into the company’s construction machinery, such as its large hydraulic excavator. The company says that the tool continuously diagnoses the machinery’s oil condition and reports results through the Global e-Service, which stores information about construction machinery operation, location and other data. Reports are then delivered to customers and service personnel. Web:

September 2019

Fast Track to Racing Oils

Driven Racing Oil has formulated its new GP-1 High-Performance Synthetic Blend racing engine oil from American Refining Group’s base oil along with synthetic components and additives. The high-zinc oil is intended to deliver increased horsepower with more than 30 percent better wear protection, the company boasts. GP-1 provides engine protection and lubricating film strength that is well suited for competition, classic or imported vehicles. Web: 

driven racing oil
Engine protection in the fast lane

Drum and Done

Flexicon has released a new Tip-tite Drum Dumping System that automatically conditions fiberboard drums containing bulk solid material. The system is designed for low- to high-volume handling of drums filled with materials that have solidified or clumped during storage or shipment. The system also eliminates much of the dust, spillage, labor cost and potential injury associated with manual drum handling, the company says. It can accommodate fiberboard drums of all popular sizes weighing up to 750 pounds and it available in high-lift configurations for dumping into elevated receiving equipment. Web:

Easy Application Grease Packaging

Zeller+Gmelin is extending its portfolio of 500-gram screwable grease cartridges with additional products. The greases being added to the company’s lineup include Divinol Lithogrease 2 B, a high-temperature grease designed for long-term lubrication of hubs in commercial vehicles, and Divinol GreaseTop 2003, a semi-synthetic, water-resistant calcium soap grease. The company stated that the cartridges, which can be opened by unscrewing the lid, allow for easy handling in diverse areas of application. Web:

Indian Oil for Gas and Diesel

Indian Oil Corp. recently launched two new engine oils, Servo SuperMile Plus and Servo SuperMile. SuperMile Plus is a multi-fuel synthetic engine oil designed for new-generation gasoline and diesel cars, sport-utility vehicles, multi-utility vehicles and multi-purpose vehicles. It offers up to 2 percent fuel economy improvement, the company states. Servo SuperMile is a diesel engine oil suited for all diesel SUVs, MUVs and MPVs. Both of the oils are available in one, five and seven liter packages. Web:


Grease Be Gone

Clean up with Gunk Degreasing Wipes. The industrial-strength wipes are designed to remove unwanted grease and oil on everything from engine bays to vehicle trim and windows. They come in 8- by 12-inch sheets and are double-sided, with a scrubbing side for stubborn grease and a smooth side for smaller jobs. Saturated with a low-VOC degreasing solution, the wipes offer a viable cleaning solution when rinsing is not an option. The wipes contain no isopropyl alcohol, are safe for contact with skin and are packaged in a moisture-sealed container. They are sold in 30- and 75-count packs and are currently available throughout the United States. Web:

gunk wipes
A clean break from grease

ExMo Penetrates Mining Lubes

ExxonMobil’s new Mobil SHC Elite Synthetic Lubricant can be used to protect mining equipment that often must operate at extreme hot and cold temperatures. The lube can also help protect equipment operating at temperatures up to 150 C in intermittent service, making it suited for use in a range of mining equipment, such as in the gears and bearings of excavators, haul trucks, augers and conveyors, the company stated The product can extend oil drain intervals while increasing energy efficiency by as much as 3.6 percent when compared to conventional mineral oils. Web:


Pakistani Genuine Oil

Pakistani car manufacturer Pak Suzuki launched a new OEM branded oil in collaboration with Japanese oil company Idemitsu Kosan. The new Suzuki Genuine Oil SN 0W20 was designed for use in Suzuki gasoline engines. The oil, which is not licensed by the American Petroleum Institute, is manufactured in Pakistan by Total. According to Idemitsu, the oil responds rapidly to engine acceleration, enhances fuel economy and reduces emissions. Web:


Electrical Contact Grease

Nye Lubricants rolled out its new Rheotemp 769G, a dielectric grease for electrical connectors and electronic circuits. The medium-viscosity, synthetic, polyurea grease includes PTFE for the lubrication and protection of electrical contacts. It has a wide service temperature range of minus 40 to 175 degrees Celsius and good water washout resistance, the company claims. The product also helps protect electrical connectors from moisture, vibrations and other corrosive environmental conditions that could accelerate the failure of electrical components. Web: 

electrical contact grease
Keeping things electrified


ASTM Test Compatible

Cannon Instrument Company announced that its TESC-2983 can now be used for the new automated Procedure D in ASTM 2983, “Standard Test Method for Low-Temperature Viscosity of Automatic Transmission Fluids, Hydraulic Fluids and Lubricants using a Rotational Viscometer.” The TESC-2983 is a fully integrated, thermoelectrically heated and cooled sample conditioner and rotational viscometer system. It offers improved precision with Procedure D over the other manual D2983 procedures, the company stated. The equipment has pre-programmed test protocols for common lubricants and measures and records viscosity at multiple speeds. Web:


Sustainability Aid

Greif’s Green Tool is a flexible calculator that uses independent lifecycle data for Greif industrial packaging products to help customers make informed decisions about which packaging best suits their merchandise and to achieve their sustainability goals. Recent updates to the tool include enhanced analysis and improved classification of Greif’s products and processes, as well as more accurate and detailed analysis of environmental impacts at individual Greif facilities. The Green Tool allows customers to review and compare the environmental impact of plastic drums, steel drums, IBCs, fiber drums and big bags specifically related to their businesses. Web: 


White Mineral Oils

Duoprime white mineral oils, which are often used as bases in the health and beauty industry as well as the manufacture of various polymers, are now available in the United States. Lub-line MKT LLC has entered into an agreement with a Houston-based refinery to market all production, in addition to Duopac and Ideal FG hydraulic oils. Duoprime oils meet U.S. FDA regulations 21 CFR 172.878 and 21 CFR 178.3620 (a) and are certified as kosher with the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America. Web:



August 2019

Streamlined Oil Change Technology

Castrol’s recently released ePods oil dispensing system is a patented, gravity-fed setup that the company claims enables workshops to sell all the oil they buy, down to the very last drop. This new system consists of five-gallon packages that can hold four different viscosity grades. The translucent pitchers allow inventory managers to visually monitor oil levels. With one pitcher dedicated to each viscosity grade, cross contamination is not a worry, the company states. Web: 

epods dispenser
New dispensing for workshops

Forging Lubricants

Oelheld has a new series of die lubricants on the market for air forging. AirForge OH 40009 is a synthetic  lubricant for steel, titanium and nickel-based alloys, with some graphite to add lubricity. AirForge OH 40028 is a semi-synthetic product for warm forging aluminum up to 650 C. AirForge 4028 is a synthetic, graphite-free lube for forging steel alloys. Each product is also water-soluble and offers some environmental benefits, the company states. Web:

Oelheld Barrel
Die lubes forge ahead.

Milling Better Greases

Exakt Technologies Inc. has developed an electronically controlled three-roll grease mill called the 80E Plus. The latest version boasts a digital electronic control system that allows for real-time analysis of the dispersion process and immediate adjustment of the machine’s settings, the company reports. Some of its specific features include adjustable gap size from 5 to 180 microns, data transfer via USB and a choice of roller materials including chrome, tungsten carbide-plated steel and aluminum oxide, or silicon carbide ceramic. Web:

FDA Compliant Base Oil

Nynas recently added a new base oil to its portfolio. Nynas S 3B is what the company calls a “highly refined” naphthenic base oil that meets FDA B requirements for use in the food packaging industry. It is designed for application in situations where high flash point and narrow boiling point ranges are important for safety as well as performance. The flash point of over 100 C combined with good solvency makes it useful in metal removal applications like grinding, honing and lapping. It can also be blended with all other types of base oils in order to reduce the blend’s viscosity and improve its solvency. Web:

GF-6 Ready

Chevron Oronite recently affirmed its readiness for the May 2020 launch of the ILASC GF-6 passenger car motor oil specification with its introduction of OLOA 55600. The additive package has been thoroughly tested in real-world conditions, is compatible with hybrids and incorporates the company’s latest PCMO technology, Oronite says. OLOA 55600 will provide coverage for GM’s Dexos1, API SP and ILSAC GF-6 A & B performance standards. It protects against low speed pre-ignition, provides robust turbocharger protection and is compatible with gasoline particulate filters. Web:

ExMo Hydraulic and Marine Oils

ExxonMobil has added another cylinder oil for use with IMO 2020 compliant fuels to its range of marine lubricants. Mobilgard M420 is a 20 BN cylinder oil intended for use in medium-speed engines burning fuels with 0.5 percent or less sulfur content, as well as with liquefied natural gas. Meanwhile, in India, the company launched Mobil DTE 20 Ultra Series hydraulic oils for use in various hydraulic systems and other components, including clearance servo-valves and numerically controlled machine tools. The fluid can double drain intervals while providing increased wear protection, the company reports. Web:


Total Adds Low-Vis

French lube maker Total has added an SAE 0W-16 passenger car engine oil to its Quartz brand product line. Quartz 9000 Future XT 0W-16 is available in the U.S. market and is blended to protect smaller turbocharged engines. The synthetic oil delivers fuel efficiency throughout its service life, protects against low-speed pre-ignition and offers quick starts in cold temperatures, the company boasts. Web:

Quartz bottle
Protecting the newest engines.


July 2019

Boost Efficiency
Foam Ban HP900 and 1800 series of defoamer additives for metalworking fluids are designed to achieve the delicate balance needed for foam control effectiveness. This generation of defoamers features exceptional initial and long-lasting defoaming performance, excellent compatibility and stability, superior washability and paintability, and easier handling due to enhanced defoaming persistence, according to maker Munzing. Web:

Conquer your foamy foe.

June 2019

Spray Away Rust
Cortec has developed its EcoAir Tool & Die Rust Preventative for mold, tool and die manufacturers and end users. The product is designed for all tool and die applications, as well as cleaning grease, oils, adhesives and water deposits from metal surfaces and protecting them from corrosion. The liquid rust preventative comes in a non-flammable spray can that the company says makes it easier to use than traditional greases and shipping oils employed to protect tooling assets and tool steels during shipping, storage and transport. Web:

Tool die
Keep rust off your die.

EV Enhancement
In preparation for the coming wave of electric mobility, Shell has launched a range of fluids designed for battery electric vehicles. The company says it worked closely with automakers to develop the factory-fill E-Transmission Fluids, E-Thermal Fluids and E-Greases. The e-fluids can help battery powered cars reduce their lifecycle emissions and extend their lifespan, thanks to the lubricants’ ultra-low viscosities and outstanding aging properties, Shell claims. Web:

BMEP Engine Additives
Chevron Oronite has new additive solutions to lubricate the latest high brake mean effective pressure, or BMEP, steal piston natural gas engines. The products help deliver extended oil drain capability, improved oil oxidation/nitration control and base retention capability, all while minimizing deposit formation, Chevron claims. Web:

Odorless Oil
Nynas’ S 3B base oil has virtually no aromatic content and no odor with a flash point well above 100 degrees Celsius, meeting FDA B requirements relating to the food packaging industry, the company says. The product was developed in response to customer demand for low-viscosity base oils for applications such as aerospace and low-temperature hydraulics. The oil can be used in applications where a high flash point and narrow boiling point ranges are important for safety and performance, such as aluminum cold rolling and thin sheet stamping. Web:

Oil for India's Trucks
Rimula R5 LE 10W-40 and R5 LE 10W-30 synthetic engine oils, two new products from Shell Lubricants, are designed for heavy duty trucks in India. The company says the engine oils meet the API CK-4 Service Category and can help meet the latest Bharat Stage VI emission norms, offering enhanced engine protection and excellent oxidation control. Web:

Shell Rimula
Heavy-duty oil for India

A Mixed Fleet Solution
Petro-Canada Lubricants’ new Duron GEO LD product line, with both SAE 15W-40 and SAE 10W-30 viscosity grades, is API CK-4 licensed and approved for the latest Cummins mobile natural gas engine oil specification CES 20092 and back-serviceable to Cummins CES 20085. The engine oil is robust and formulated to safely extend oil drain intervals while providing all-weather performance and advanced engine protection, the company says. The product is approved by major diesel engine OEMs such as Cummins, Detroit Diesel, Mack and Volvo, and offer a complete solution for mixed fleets that include mobile natural gas engines, according to Petro-Canada. Web:

Arctic Grade Transformer Oil
Handle the toughest climate conditions with Nynas’ Arctic grade transformer oil, Nytro Polaris GXN. The product is compliant with the Canadian Class A CAN/CSA-C50-14 specification, which regulates the use of mineral oils in transformers. Class A oils are recommended for use in power transformers, especially those subject to cold start-up or that have forced oil cooling, including associated onload tap changers, all of which operate in ambient temperatures below minus 25 degrees Celsius. Web:

Ergoniomic Spray Lubrication
EOS Move is Eckardt Systems’ new spray nozzle system for manual lubrication. The system requires little space and is designed for stationary and mobile use. Compared to conventional systems, the EOS Move swaps roles, since it is the spray bar that moves, not the blank. This allows the process of blank insertion, blank lubrication and blank removal to be done using significantly less working space, and allows the machine operator to work more ergonomically, Eckardt says. Web:

Sealed and Delivered
Chemours’ Krytox brand includes an automotive grease compatible with all seal materials, according to the company. The white, additive-free grease offers good adhesion properties and greater high-temperature stability than the seals themselves while resisting oxidation and carbonization. Krytox GPL 205 PFPE grease can aid in assembly and improve O-ring durability and reliability at temperatures from -36 degrees Celsius up to 210 C. The company’s e-book gives details on this product and other under-hood lubes. Web:

Long live your O-rings.

Food-safe Grease
Texas Refinery Corp. has developed an extreme pressure version of its food processing machinery grease. Food Machinery Grease EP boasts a 50-pound Timken OK Load test result, .50 millimeter 4-ball wear test scar, 800 kilogram 4-ball weld, and has a maximum recommended operating temperature of 400 degrees with a dropping point of 500 degrees, the company reports. The aluminum complex grease had just 2 percent water washout in testing. The product is NSF H1 registered and has Kosher and Halal certification. Web:

TRC food machinery grease
Food processing under pressure

Biobased Stocks
Biosynthetic Technologies is producing base oils and motor oil at commercial scale. BT75 and BT22 are high viscosity (ISO VG 680 and 150, respectively), biobased base stocks that offer both technical performance and environmental benefits, the company says. Potential applications include gear, bearing and chain oils, hydraulic fluids, compressor oils and greases. BTLV is an ISO VG 22 renewable base oil suitable for formulating metalworking fluids, motor oil, hydraulic fluid and compressor oil. The company is also blending SAE 5W-20 and SAE 5W-30 Biosynthetic brand passenger car motor oil, which meets ILSAC GF-5, API SN-Resource Conserving and USDA BioPreferred requirements. Web:

Clean and dirty engine parts
Green oil makes clean engines.

Sharp Cutting
Sunbelt Lubricants released a non-petroleum based cutting saw lubricant for metalworking operations. CutSpan X-2 is a colorless, odorless cutting fluid for high performance, high output saws used to cut aluminum or stainless steel for further processing, such as billet, ingot, extrusion or cut shapes, the company reports. The biodegradable product is made from natural fatty acids derived from renewable vegetable sources and leaves a lubricating film that prevents metal particles from sticking together, Sunbelt adds. It is intended to be used without diluting in water, oils or solvents in metal removal operations, in addition to sawing, cutting and drilling, as well as for metal forming operations such as stamping and drawing. Web:

Gust-resistant Oil
Shell’s Omala S5 Wind synthetic gearbox oil for wind turbines in the United States market can help extend operational uptime and reduce unplanned breakdown by offering enhanced protection, according to the company. Shell’s specialty range of wind turbine oils is formulated for enclosed industrial spur and bevel gears subjected to stresses such as extra shock loading, high temperatures or particulate contamination. The application-specific oil, which comes with a 10-year warranty, is designed for long life under extreme conditions in varied U.S. climates. Web:

Metallurgical Mixing
Lodige Inudstries’ Ploughshare Mixer FKM 600 is made for metallurgical applications and ideally suited to the manufacture of sintered material and ore mixtures, the maker says. The model has a drum volume of 600 liters and is specially designed for heavy and coarse materials. It is made with wear-resistant components and has a removable inner rubber lining that provides wear protection for the cylindrical drum and head pieces. Ploughshare mixing tools are equipped with a metal welding made of tungsten carbide, giving it a Vickers hardness of more than 3,000, increasing its service life, the company says. Web:


Lodige Mixer
One tough mixer

Benchtop Screening
Bruker announced the release of a high-frequency reciprocating rig module for the UMT TriboLab mechanical tester. The HFRR module performs a wide range of materials qualification tests and enables effective screening of lubricants at the benchtop scale. The module provides an economical way to test samples formulated for reciprocating systems such as engines and linear compressors and to rank the performance of lubricants under simulated conditions. The tests simulate ASTM and other standard protocols. Web:

SUV Protection
Drivers in the United Arab Emirates can protect their sport utility vehicles with Castrol’s Magnatec 5W-30 C3 engine oil. A variant of the company’s popular Magnatec line, the company says its product clings to the engine like a magnet to provide an extra layer of protection against the rigors of modern driving. The multi-fuel engine oil delivers improved protection from warm-up as well as 25 percent better stop-start and heavy-load wear, Castrol claims. The oil meets ACEA C3, API SN, API CF (obsolete), GM Dexos2 and other specifications, and is available in a 6-liter pack. Web:

Keep NOx Under Control
Chemours aims to boost exhaust gas recirculation valve performance with a PFPE grease for actuator gears. Extensive testing proves its effectiveness in this sealed-for-life application at temperatures ranging from -36 degrees Celsius to 210 C and under heavy vibration conditions, the company says. Krytox XP 2C5 grease contains anticorrosion and anti-fretting additives and is resistant to diesel exhaust fumes and high operating temperatures, extending EGR valve life. The company’s e-book gives details on this product and other under-hood lubes. Web:

EGR valve
Resist exhaust fumes.

May 2019

Chemically Resistant Grease
Chemours has developed a Krytox brand lubricating grease for a hydraulic clutch release bearing found in automotive applications. The chemically resistant lubricant is unaffected by traces of hydraulic fluid that can enter the bearing, the company says. The PFPE grease increases the durability of bearings and possesses good elastomer compatibility, which helps to prolong the life of rubber seals. An e-book can be downloaded from the company’s website with information on ways that automotive engineers are using the product. Web:

Extend bearing and seal life.

New Fluid Management Line
Macnaught has launched its own brand of fluid handling products after more than 70 years of private label supply within the industry. One of its products, the BOP20, is the industry’s first battery-powered pump system for oil applications, the company claims. Macnaught will also offer the KY+ safety grease coupler and Retracta R3-RACR hose reel with adjustable control return. The line also includes fluid handling equipment, Retracta Standard hose reels and accessories, and industrial-duty, positive displacement flow meters. Web:

Basic or Advanced Readings
New rotational viscometers are available on Anton Paar’s webshop. The ViscoQC 100 is an entry-level viscometer designed for a simple experience with single-point viscosity determination, while the company’s ViscoQC 300 model can be used for a wider range of measuring functionalities including multiple-point viscosity determination. The system can be upgraded with compliance or additional analysis software to meet future needs. The products are ready to use out of the box. Web:

Viscosity readings on your level.

Versatile Engine Protection
Cepsa’s new heavy-duty motor oil line, Traction, offers the benefits of increased efficiency, improved engine protection, component durability, vehicle reliability and improved fuel economy, the company says. Armed with “next generation” detergent and antiwear additives, the lubricants can also extend engine life due to advanced dispersant technology and allow for longer oil-drain intervals, according to Cepsa. The oils can be used in passenger transportation vehicles; mining, agriculture and freight haulage machinery; and new or old fleets. Web:

“Next generation” HDMO.

IMO 2020 Coverage
Prepare for IMO 2020 with Chevron Oronite’s OLOA 49835, a newly formulated 40 BN marine cylinder lubricant additive package. OLOA 49835 is specifically designed for marine vessels burning fuels at or below 0.5 percent sulfur, helping ship operators transition toward next year’s regulation. The new additive provides balanced acid neutralization and cleanliness performance as well as API Group I and Group II base oil coverage, and is suitable for intermittent use with at or below 0.1 percent sulfur distillate fuel, Oronite says. Web:

Smooth sailing for IMO 2020.

An Easier Fill
Get to those pesky, tough-to-reach fill holes with Amsoil’s new line of easy-pack products. The lubes were previously only available in traditional plastic quart containers, but the new pouches allow for improved maneuverability, causing less mess and less wasted product, the company says. Available products include Amsoil’s Signature Series Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid, Fuel-Efficient Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid, Synthetic Manual Transmission & Transaxle Gear Lube, Severe Gear SAE 75W-110 Synthetic Gear Lube and Severe Gear SAE 80W-90 Synthetic Gear Lube. Web:

Less messy lubricating.

Friction-reducing Additive
Lanxess is launching an organic friction modifier for synthetic and mineral passenger car engine oils. Additin RC 3502 was developed to reduce friction with a non-corrosive friction modifier, meeting the requirements for fuel economy gains in the upcoming ILSAC GF-6 specification, the company says. The product provides antiwear protection and performs over an extended drain interval, typically up to 20,000 miles. Formulated without SAPS, Lanxess claims the product can “boost” interactions among surface-active additives such as detergents and antiwear additives. Web:

Additives with a boost.

Simple Additive Technology
Lubrizol’s PV1510 engine oil additive technology can help passenger car engine oils meet the latest specifications. The new product contains only one additive and one viscosity modifier, allows customers their own choice of base oils, and has a cascading treat rate, the company says. Lubrizol also claims that PV1510 provides increased fuel economy and improved cleanliness. The formulation is designed to meet GM dexos1 and the future API SP-Resource Conserving and ILSAC GF-6A and GF-6B specifications. Web:

Performance Under Stress
Petro-Canada launched its new synthetic DuraDrive Heavy-Duty Long Drain Automatic Transmission Fluid, which resists oxidative and thermal breakdown and provides low and high temperature fluidity, excellent antiwear protection and stable friction properties, the company says. The product is compatible with all transmission seal materials to help maintain seal integrity and is built to perform under the most demanding, severe service operating conditions found in heavy-duty transmission systems, according to Petro-Canada. Web:

Severe conditions, handled.

AFT for CVTs
Chevron has two new Havoline products. Havoline Full Synthetic CVT Fluid is formulated with full synthetic base stocks and shear stable viscosity modifiers, and covers approximately 98 percent of continuously variable transmission applications in the North America market, Chevron says. There’s also SAE 0W-16 viscosity Havoline ProDS Full Synthetic Motor Oil, which the company says meets API SN Plus-Resource Conserving requirements for improved performance and fuel economy. Web:

Continuously variable fluid.

April 2019

Ban the Foam
Foam Ban defoamers/antifoams for anti-freeze and coolants are designed to provide efficient foam control and excellent compatibility, according to maker Munzing. Foam Ban EC 310 is an emulsion based on three-dimensional siloxane based in water. It is designed for use in antifreezs and coolant concentrates. The product provides excellent foam control both during filling processes and in application (ASTM D1881). Web:

foam ban
Keep foam at bay.

Phillips 66 Backs FA-4
Phillips 66 will extend its product quality guarantee to its Guardol FE SAE 10W-30 heavy-duty engine oil, paying for parts and labor to repair damage caused by lubricant-related failure--even if API FA-4 oil is not recommended for the engine. Of course, certain conditions apply. Guardol FE 10W-30 offers excellent wear protection benefits and increased fuel efficiency, proven by the product’s 92 million miles of field testing, the company says. Guardol FE is formulated with a blend of synthetic and API Group II base stocks and a proprietary low-SAPS additive system to provide engine protection in late-model diesel engines. The company say its Liquid Titanium additive maintains wear protection despite lower high-temperature high-shear viscosity. Web:

Tata and Valvoline Unite
Tata Motors and Valvoline Cummins Private Ltd have teamed up to launch a line of co-branded lubricants. Part of the company’s line of Tata Motors Genuine Oils, formulated and tested for the Indian automaker’s passenger vehicles, the new lubricants will be made widely available on the retail market, the company said. Its genuine oils are designed to be longer-lasting and are suitable for new generation engines. The line includes products like engine oils, gear oils and rear axle oils for both on-road and off-road applications. Web:

Tank Monitoring Levels Up
Material managers can now use 4G LTE for tank monitoring with Atek Access Technologies’ TankScan TSU1000 ultrasonic tank monitoring system, which provides remote level monitoring of tanks, totes and containers in the field. The TankScan TSU1000’s automated tank measurement system optimizes the distribution and collection processes without as much need for manual inspection at remote tank sites, the company says, allowing material managers to know when their customers’ tanks need to be serviced. Material managers can use the Atek Intelligence Platform to remotely monitor tanks via computer, tablet or smartphone. Web:

Extreme Climate Protection
Protect and strengthen your PSA vehicle’s engine in extreme conditions with Total Lubrifiants’ Total Quartz INEO HTC SAE 5W-30 motor oil. Following PSA’s updated B71 2297 standard, the French automaker and Total collaborated to develop the motor oil to keep engines clean and protect them in extreme climates where temperatures can exceed 50 degrees Celcius, Total says. The product exceeds ACEA C3 sequence specifications, according to the company, and its wear resistance reduces piston and cylinder friction and extends engine life. PSA recommends the new motor oil for customers in all regions outside of Europe. Web:

Subaru Couples with Motul
Subaru vehicle owners in Asia have more low-viscosity motor oil options now that Motul and Motor Image have co-developed a line of cobranded lubricants. French lubricant manufacturer Motul and Subaru Asia distributor Motor Image launched Subaru Engine Oils by Motul SAE 0W-20 and SAE 5W-30 in January, available in eight countries in aftersales networks and Subaru service centers: Cambodia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. Web:

Green Paper Alternative
Working with renewable resources is important in dealing with environmental pollution. To avoid environmental problems, Cortec offers fully recyclable moisture barrier papers as alternatives to polyethylene and wax papers. Using multi-metal vapor-phase corrosion inhibitor papers provides corrosion protection for all kinds of metals with just one type of paper, a more cost-effective option compared to using multiple types of paper, according to Cortec. Web:

Cortec paper
Protect your metal and the environment.

Hot Mixing
Specialty mixing equipment manufacturer Ross introduced a more versatile mixer especially suited for medium- to high-viscosity, temperature-critical formulations under stringent vacuum or high-pressure constraints. The Model VMC VersaMix, a multi-purpose triple-shaft mixer, is designed for up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit from 29.5-inch Hg vacuum to 8 psig internal pressure. The VMC provides intense mixing, high-speed dissolution, emulsification, de-agglomeration and superior heat transfer in pastes, slurries, gels and suspensions up to several hundred thousand centipoise, the company says. Web:

Ross Versamix
Mix it up.

March 2019

Take Care of Alloys
Sea-Land Chemical Co. offers six technologies from Lockhart Chemical Co. to help you create higher quality products for metal protection and metalworking applications. These include Lockhart’s brand of Counter Rust calcium and barium neutral to highly overbased sulfonates; EZ Mulz hard-water tolerant emulsifiers compatible with antiwear and extreme pressure additives; Counter Rust-branded calcium soaps and rust preventatives that are water-displacing and have low temperature stability; Sulfogel gelled calcium sulfonates for permanent or temporary preventive coatings; and Coolsurf-branded metalworking additives that have improved lubricity and extreme pressure performance, according to Sea-Land. Web:

Pick your product.

Better Machining
Two new metalworking fluids from Chemtool Inc. aim to improve machining, grinding and central systems operations. Nusol 21 MW is formulated with a preformed emulsion based on a high viscosity and high molecular weight base oil that enhances cooling and offers improved hard-water stability. The product provides corrosion protection to tools, parts and equipment and separates rapidly from tramp oil, and can be used to replace synthetic and semi-synthetic metalworking fluids in machining of cast iron and steel. Lubricut 4284 coolant delivers corrosion inhibition, heat transfer for longer tool life, resistance to water buildup that can cause bacterial growth, and improved detergency for clean finishes on aluminum and other ferrous and non-ferrous alloys. Web:

Grind along.

Ross Keeps Mixing
Charles Ross & Son Co. is tackling hot melts and viscous dispersions with its triple-shaft CDA-800 mixer. The equipment has a 500- to 800-gallon capacity and is designed for full vacuum operation. Suitable for high-heat operation up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit, it includes an insulated stainless steel jacket to cover the side and bottom of the mixing can. Other features include a three-wing anchor for bulk flow and heat transfer and reversible high-speed disperser shafts with height-adjustable blades, the company notes. A PLC touchscreen display shows speed, time, temperature and vacuum level. Web:

Hot & thick mixes meet their match.

Quick Spill Response
Spills are a given at any production facility, and NewPig Corp. wants employees to be prepared with its highly visible Spill Cart, holding various spill collecting materials in its arsenal. The new cart has three times the amount of space compared to the original, the company boasts, and can be rolled over uneven surfaces to different manufacturing areas with ease. The cart contains absorbent socks, mat pads, loose absorbent pads and wipers for hazmat, oil-only and other spills, the company adds, while the top section holds a mounted roll of Pig Mat for easy pull-and-tear dispensing. Web:

Cart away spills.

Safer Grease Discharge
Fluid-Bag introduced a device to improve dispensing of grease from the company’s flexible intermediate bulk containers. The TAU Extractor grips the inner part of the fluid bag, twists it and forces out the grease, leaving only minimal amounts of product inside the packaging. The discharge mechanism is enclosed behind metal safety doors to protect the container inside the dispensing unit and to keep grease from being contaminated by dust, particles and moisture, the company notes. The device will extract grease at the rate the operator requires from the 1,000-liter flexible IBCs and is made to withstand the harsh working environment of mining and steel production facilities. Web:

Release the grease.

Greener Cutting
Metalworking operators seeking environmentally friendly fluid alternatives can make use of new mineral oil- and chlorine-free cutting fluids from United Kingdom-based Molyslip. TAP Chlorine Free-branded products’ extreme pressure and antiwear additive formula provide excellent surface finish to components and protect tools from wear and damage, the company says. The high-performance lubricants are designed for drilling, reaming and tapping applications and are available in liquid, paste and aerosol form. Web:

No oil, no chlorine.

Honda, JX Nippon Team Up in India
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has joined forces with JX Nippon-Tide Water Oil Lubricants India to offer Eneos Honda engine oil for two-wheelers. Eneos Honda is formulated in two variants: Bikerz oil for motorcycles and Scooterz for scooters. Bikerz is a full-synthetic SAE 10W-30 and SAE 20W-40 oil that protects engine and transmission components, provides cleanliness, improves fuel efficiency and meets the JASO MA2 specification. Scooterz is also a full-synthetic SAE 10W-30 oil that provides smooth acceleration and engine protection, better fuel economy and meets the JASO MB specification. The products are available in 800- and 900-milliliter as well as 1-liter bottles. Web:

Bikes stay purring.

10 Years of Greasing
Macnaught’s K32-01 Flexigun offers a warranty for a decade of manual greasing in automotive, fleet, construction, agricultural, mining and industrial applications. The gun’s variable-stroke piston and valve arrangement facilitates one-handed operation, the company says. The tool includes a three-jaw, high-pressure coupler for positive connection, and a 12-inch flexible extension simplifies access to lubrication points. Output pressure ranges from 5,000 to 10,000 psi with output volume of 0.02 ounces per shot. The gun fits standard 14-ounce grease cartridges or can be bulk filled with NLGI Grade 2 grease. Web:

Grease better longer.

Localized Fluid Management
Two versions of Ametek Spectro Scientific’s TruVu 360 cloud-based fluid management software can now be installed locally. The program integrates oil analysis hardware with data acquisition, reporting and information management software, according to Ametek. Both systems are meant for use with Spectro Scientific MiniLab on-site oil analysis system for one user. TruVu 360 Basic can be installed on a non-networked local PC, while TruVu 360 Pro can reside on a company network server and includes multiple user licenses. The systems provide automatic diagnostics, an intelligence dashboard and recommendations for action. Web:

Come down from the cloud.

Ecolabel for Oxea
Oxea’s L9-TMP base oil has been included in the Lubricant Substance Classification List of the European Union’s Ecolabel program for meeting relevant classification, biodegradability and aquatic toxicity criteria. "That makes Oxlube L9-TMP the ideal base oil for EU Ecolabel compliant lubricant formulations, e.g. in highly sensitive marine applications like stern tube oils or wire rope lubricants,” said Jens Kubitschke, application and new business development manager at Oxea. The base oil is a direct one-to-one replacement for the conventional caprylic/capric acid based trimethylolpropane ester, which is widely used in engine oils, textile spinning fluids and other high-performance applications. Web:

New Malaysian Motor Oil
Kawasaki’s Malaysian subsidiary launched a new range of two-wheeler lubricants in partnership with Japan’s Idemitsu Kosan Co. The motor oils improve fuel efficiency and gearbox shifting action and extend wet clutch performance while also reducing wear during engine cold-start, the company says. The engine oil is available in semi-synthetic and full-synthetic SAE 10W-40 formulations at Kawasaki GT World, Ninja Shop and Green Station outlets across Malaysia. Web:

Group III+ and Hybrid Lubes
Petronas Lubricants International rolled out new products to the base oil and finished lubricant markets. These include an API Group III+ base oil, Etro+, that the company claims promotes fuel efficiency and emissions reductions through its high viscosity index, low cold-cranking viscosity and low Noack volatility. The Malaysian company also released its first engine oil for hybrid cars under the Syntium brand, which it says improves engine protection against heat damage, maximizes power output, optimizes fuel efficiency and keeps engines cool. Web:

February 2019

Top the Competition
Champion Brands released a full-synthetic four-stroke SAE 0W-20 racing oil for competition vehicles. The product provides horsepower and torque to professional karts, prevents wear in upper cylinders, delivers better piston ring seal for maximum compression, lowers friction and maintains lubrication at high temperatures, the company says. It can be used in high-performance competition supercharged, turbocharged, injected and naturally aspirated four-cycle engines using high-octane gasoline. Web:

More protection, less drag.

Tool Shield
Keeping metal components indoors or in outdoor shelters doesn’t necessarily prevent them from developing rust, which is why Cortec Corp. is offering a new rust prevention spray. VpCI-329 D ES is a part biobased and part mineral oil spray that displaces moisture and corrosive molecules such as chlorides, hydrogen, sulfide and other sulfur compounds on gears, spindles, coils and other ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The product is thermally stable, does not contain nitrites, chromates or phosphate inhibitors and protects surfaces against corrosion up to four years, the company adds. Web:

Rust, begone!

Win Against LSPI
Red Line Synthetic Oil recently launched gasoline and diesel engine oils for its Professional Series line. The oils are catered to professional installers and enthusiasts who want to protect their gasoline and turbocharged, direct-injection engines against the effects of low-speed pre-ignition. The SAE 0W-20, 5W-20, 5W-30 and 5W-40 products are made to protect both low- and high-mileage vehicles and meet specifications such as API SN Plus, API CK-4 and General Motors’ Dexos1 Gen 2. Web:

Draw the line at LSPI.

Interflon Obtains Food Certifications
Interflon USA received Kosher Parve and Halal Quality Control certifications for its entire range of food-grade lubricants. These include the company’s Food Lube-branded aerosol and bulk liquid lubricant that displaces moisture on chains, gearboxes, bearings, rollers, gates and other applications in production environments; Food Grease LT2 grease that performs in temperatures ranging from -40 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit; and Eco Degreaser, which removes grease residue, used oil and other substances from equipment. The lubricants are registered with NSF International as H1 lubes for incidental contact with food, while the degreaser is registered as A1 to be used as a general cleaner in food processing areas. Web:

Higher Performance
Heavy-duty construction and agricultural vehicles in Brazil and other parts of Latin America can use Petrobras’ Lubrax Top Turbo Pro to keep engines lubricated and running. The SAE 15W-40 multigrade engine oil resists oxidation and degradation, has high temperature stability and aeration control and supports piston cleanliness and soot control, the company says. It is compatible with engines that have after-treatment systems. The product meets the requirements of Euro VI and Tier 4 emissions standards, ACEA E9 and API CK-4 specifications and has original equipment manufacturer approvals from Volvo, Mack, Renault, Cummins, Caterpillar, Detroit Diesel and Ford. Web:

January 2019

Ride Out Winter
Red Line Synthetic Oil launched a two-stroke engine oil for snowmobiles. The full-synthetic, low-ash, biobased oil protects water- and air-cooled direct-injection engines in temperatures as cold as -40 degrees Fahrenheit for sustained periods of riding. It offers rust protection, maintains cleanliness of spark plugs and pistons and increases bearing life, the company says. The product can be used as an injected or a pre-mixed oil and is compatible with reformulated fuels. Web:

Protect your snow toys.

Near-dry Metal Processing
Metalworking operations involving near-dry machining of ferrous and nonferrous metals can make use of new minimum quantity lubricants from United Kingdom-based Molyslip. The fluids have high polarity, low odor and metal wetting properties that eliminate contact between the tool and workpiece, reducing tool wear. They also lack mineral oil, silicones, chlorine and sulfur and are suitable for replacing coolants in various machining applications and processes, including sawing, milling and drilling, the company says. The fluids are available in five- and 20-liter packages and can be applied to metals using spray mist methods. Web:

A drier process.

Wipe Up Oil
Spills of oil, fuels and other hydrocarbons mixed with water are easily absorbed with NewPig Corp.’s Oily Water Cleanup Towels. These towels retain oil products collected in crevices and cracks from spills and on tools, while allowing water to pass through. They also float on water that’s mixed with oils to collect the sheen on the surface. The towels are made with durable material to scrub hard surfaces including concrete, rocks and asphalt, the company notes. The reusable towels are available in vacuum-sealed packaging to reduce storage space. Web:

Oil quicker picker upper.

Upgraded Oils
Total Specialties USA, part of French oil major Total, is bumping its line of Total Classic conventional motor oils in favor of Total Quartz semi-synthetic oils. The new Total Quartz 7000 Future XT lubricants provide engine cleanliness, protection against wear, enhanced engine performance and extended drain intervals, the company boasts. The oils meet the API SN Plus supplemental engine oil specification to combat the effects of low-speed pre-ignition in modern engines. Total adds that the products will have approvals from original equipment manufacturers, including Ford and General Motors. Web:

December 2018

Total Taps into EV Lubes
As electric mobility shapes the automotive market, French oil major Total launched two product lines in early December to cool and lubricate components in full electric and hybrid vehicle engines. Total Quartz EV Fluid for light vehicles and Total Rubia EV Fluid for industrial and utility vehicles, as well as electric buses, address issues related to high rotation speeds (friction reduction and efficiency increase) and the need to control heat exchange in electric batteries. They also function in any type of electric current, prevent corrosion of copper coils and protect polymer coatings. The lubricants are available from Total and its subsidiaries in Europe, and include access to charging points at Total service stations and other charging stations across Western Europe. Web:

Guidance for Tests
ASTM International has a new guide to help test developers evaluate a test method’s capability to measure properties of lubricants and other petroleum products. The guide allows users to determine and compare the relative performance of different tests that measure the same property in a specific application and assesses if reproducibility and repeatability are adequate for its intended use. “For those test methods with less than optimal precision, the responsible subcommittees would have an opportunity to investigate, suggest improvements in the procedure and design an interlaboratory study as necessary,” ASTM notes. The seven-page guide is available as a PDF file or hard copy for $48. Web:

Cut Friction
Petro-Canada Lubricants released its Metworx brand of non-chlorinated metalworking fluids for machining operations such as milling, turning, drilling, tapping and grinding. The lubricants reduce friction and provide cooling closest to the tip of the tool where the highest temperatures occur, the company says. Products include a medium-viscosity neat cutting fluid, a soluble cutting oil for rapid heat removal, two low-foam biostable semi-synthetic fluids for light-, moderate- and heavy-duty operation, a light-duty and low-foam biostable synthetic fluid and a low-foam alkaline cleaner for coolant sumps and surfaces. Web:

Soaring Performance
The University of Texas at Arlington was awarded a patent for a grease that can be used in aircraft parts. The formula includes molybdenum disulfide, which improves wear and friction protection over a range of load conditions. The patented composition serves as a universal grease that functions in multiple conditions for applications in the aerospace industry. “Universal greases used on aircraft have to function under extreme pressure conditions and variable temperatures, as well as work on all the moving parts of an aircraft, from wings to a door handle,” said Pranesh Aswath, professor of materials science and engineering and mechanical and aerospace engineering. Web:

Corrosion Bites the Dust
Cars facing the punishing climate and sand of the Omani desert stay lubricated with Shell Oman’s full synthetic Helix Ultra SAE 0W-20. The low-viscosity oil provides wear and corrosion protection and defends components from high stress and extreme temperatures. It is also designed to mitigate the effects of low-speed pre-ignition on small, turbocharged direction injection engines, the company adds. Helix Ultra meets the API SN Plus passenger car motor oil standard. Web:

Level Up
Condensation can tamper with readings of fluid levels in bulk storage, neutralization tanks and waste sumps, but Flowline Inc.’s new reflective ultrasonic level transmitter aims to provide accurate measuring in these conditions. The EchoTouch offers continuous level measurements up to 39.3 feet using both an analog and a digital signal output. The device has its transducer oriented vertically, making condensation run off the surface so it does not affect the sensor’s performance, the company notes. The device can be used to measure non-foaming or highly vaporous liquids, such as chemicals, water and oil. Web:

Gauge liquid levels.

Meet Engine Demands
Gazpromneft-Lubricants expanded its line of passenger car engine oils with new synthetic products from its G-Energy brand. The SAE 5W-30, 5W-40 and 10W-40 motor oils protect engines against wear, have increased cold-start performance, prevent sludge and deposit buildup, reduce friction and extend drain intervals, the Russian manufacturer notes. The oils can be used in gasoline and turbocharged direction injection engines and those equipped with emissions systems including exhaust gas recirculation, diesel particulate filters and three-way catalysts, as well as engines running on biofuel mixtures, the company adds. The products meet API SL, API SN, API CF and ISLAC GF-5 standards, ACEA A3/B4/C3 oil sequences, in addition to original equipment manufacturer specifications from Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Renault and General Motors’ Dexos2. Web:

Synthetics take charge.

Improved Material Moving
Flexible screw conveyors from Flexicon are now available in various sizes in ready-to-assemble packages. The conveyors’ tubes and screws have lengths between 10 and 40 feet and can be used to transport bulk materials such as large pellets or sub-micron powders, including abrasive products and materials prone to pack, cake, bind or smear, without separatio, the company reports. Depending on the screw’s geometry, material can be conveyed at horizontal or vertical angles through holes in walls or ceilings, and a discharge housing prevents material contact with seals that can cause bearing failure and contamination. Web:

Move materials along.

Get Bikes Roaring
Malaysian motorcycle riders can keep their engines in top shape with new lubricants from Castrol. The Castrol Power1-branded oils include SAE 15W-50, 10W-50, 10W-40 and 5W-40 for four-stroke motorcycles and reduce internal engine friction to optimize acceleration and clutch performance, reduce oil thickening, absorb heat to keep the engine cool and resist oxidation at high temperatures, the company says. The oils meet JASO MA2 and API SN standards and are available at authorized dealerships in the country. Web:

Zoom past friction.

Faster Oil Results
Spectro Scientific (bought by Ametek Brookfield in November) has revised its FluidScan mid-infrared spectrometer handheld oil analyzer. The device has updated digital electronics and faster processors to speed up oil analysis for on-site measuring of in-service lubricant condition, the company explains. The built-in grease library has a new water index parameter to track the amount of dissolved water in used grease, while new software algorithms help determine if a substance with a different chemistry is mixed with the lubricant, a common problem during oil top-off processes. The FluidScan includes two models: the 1000, to be used as a standalone unit, and the 1100, which can be used on its own or with the company’s MiniLab. Web:

Upgraded fluid analysis.

Tougher Engines
SUVs and trucks hauling heavy loads have their engines protected with ExxonMobil’s Mobil 1 synthetic motor oil for gasoline-fueled, light-duty vehicles. The oil prevents wear and formation of sludge and deposits to maximize engine performance under severe operating conditions, the oil major notes. The SAE 0W-20, 5W-20 and 5W-30 product meets API SN and SN Plus, ILSAC GF-5 and ACEA A5/B5 standards, in addition to specifications from Ford and General Motors. Mobil 1 Truck & SUV will be available in one- and five-quart bottles later this year, the company adds. Web:

Light duty, heavy protection.

November 2018

Phillips 66 Revamps Greases
Phillips 66 overhauled its industrial, automotive and heavy-duty greases. The products are formulated with extreme pressure additives as well as rust and oxidation inhibitors, and resist increased loads, shearing, high temperatures and water washout, among other properties, the company notes. They can be used in parts such as trolley wires in mining applications, wheel bearings and chassis in automobiles and heavy-loaded bearings in industrial equipment, the lube manufacturer adds. The more than 50 greases have color-coded packaging categorized by thickener type. Web:

Greases redone.

Brush Off Grime
Oil, grease and grime are no match for Amsoil’s new engine degreaser. The product’s solvents quickly and easily soften gunk from engine parts that can then be wiped off with water, without leaving residue. The company recommends that end users cover any unsealed components that may be sensitive to water, including the distributor, air filter, air intake system, carburetor, electronic controls and electrical components before spraying the degreaser. The product is available in 15-ounce aerosol cans. Web:

Get rid of muck.

Repel Rust
Cortec Corp. now has a biobased aerosol lubricant for industrial, maintenance shop and home use. EcoAir Biobased CLP is a penetrating lube that loosens rusted parts and protects equipment from wear and corrosion for up to two years, the company boasts. The products can be sprayed on carbon and galvanized and stainless steel, as well as on aluminum and aluminum alloy applications including in-plant machining, bar and chain oiling, flange lubrication, lock and hinge maintenance and mold release. EcoAir is packaged in 10-ounce recyclable spray cans. Web:

Parts keep moving.

Halt Foam
Foam is an unwelcome addition to lubricants, and Ayalytical is aiming to provide reliable measurements with the second generation of its Foam Digital Detection Imaging (FoamDDI) apparatus. The instrument has a charge coupled device camera and a reader unit that provide optics to determine static and dynamic foam heights. The automatic system produces plots, photos and videos simultaneously to monitor the effect and optimal concentration of antifoaming agents, process dynamics and lubricant quality, the company notes. “The second-generation instrument includes a complete optimization of flows, heating and cooling to drastically reduce analysis time of the different regimes to comply with standards ASTM D892 and D6058 more effectively,” Ayalytical adds. Web:

Keep an eye on foam.

More Lube Choices
VP Racing Fuels recently launched its mineral and synthetic blend racing lubricants and oils for specialty applications. VP Classic includes non-synthetic SAE 30, SAE 10W-30 and SAE 20W-50 racing oils that provide friction reduction and high levels of zinc dialkyldithiophosphate to defend against wear, as well as an SAE 80W-90 API GL-4 gear oil for manual transmissions of classic cars. The company also has its VP Traditional racing oils in SAE 50 and 60 viscosities that strengthen oil film and handle extreme conditions in racecar engines. VP Custom has lubricants for nitro-methane fueled and diesel compression ignition engines as well as conventional and limited slip gear oils. Web:

Classic protection.

Smooth Shifts
Transmissions remain steady with new additions to Petro-Canada Lubricants’ Duradrive brand of multi-vehicle transmission fluids. The full synthetic oils offer wear protection, stable friction control, anti-shudder durability and improved fuel efficiency to automatic, dual-clutch and continuously variable transmissions, the lube manufacturer says. They also resist oxidation and have low-temperature performance. The products are available worldwide except the ATF for dual-clutch transmissions, which is available only in Europe and China. Web:

Defend transmissions.

New Gadgets from Ross
Charles Ross & Son Co. has new mixing equipment for blending of powder and liquid materials. The company’s laboratory paddle blender facilitates preparation of dry solid mixes and can also accommodate minor liquid additions. A customized version of its VersaMix triple-shaft mixer adds a turnkey system that can extrude finished products into strands. For its 150-gallon multi-shaft mixer, the manufacturer added automation and safety functions to improve blending and dispersal of viscous products. In addition, it rolled out two 150-gallon double planetary mixer models for high turnover of thick or putty-like materials up to 2 million centipoise. Web:

Mix evenly.

Lube manufacturer UMW Grantt International launched an engine oil in Malaysia to counter the effects of low-speed pre-ignition. Grantt Stellar 8000 SAE 0W-20 full synthetic engine oil controls oil thickening to protect components during cold start conditions and at high temperatures. The company adds that the oil has detergents and dispersants to prevent sludge and varnish formation. It also claims that the engine oil can reduce LSPI by 84 percent, leading to less wear and halting damage to engine components. The oil meets API SN Plus standards. Web:

Add In Protection
Chevron Oronite released an additive package, OLOA 54720, to address the issue of low-speed pre-ignition in gasoline and light-duty passenger car engines with after-treatment systems. The additives are blended with SAE 0W-20 engine oils to protect turbochargers against LSPI while controlling deposits to increase engine cleanliness, reducing emissions and lowering friction and wear to improve fuel economy, the company says. The product meets European original equipment manufacturer specifications from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo as well as the ACEA 2016 C5 oil sequences, API SN Plus and ILSAC GF-5 standards. Web:

Reformulated Cylinder Oil
With the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 marine fuel sulfur cap approaching, ExxonMobil launched Mobilgard 540, a cylinder lubricant that will operate with 0.5 percent sulfur fuels. The 40 base number cylinder oil replaces the oil major’s Mobilgard 525 and provides deposit control, prevents scuffing wear, has increased thermal and oxidative stability and allows for longer piston overhauls. Mobilgard 540 will be available across ExxonMobil’s global port network and can be used in vessels that currently have Mobilgard 525 operating in 0.1 percent sulfur Emission Control Areas, the company says. Web:

October 2018

Busy BP
BP’s lubricant subsidiary Castrol launched Hysol SL 37 XBB, a semi-synthetic soluble cutting fluid for steel and aluminum alloy machining operations. The fluid is boron-, chlorine- and formaldehyde-free and can reduce biocide additive top-ups by up to 90 percent, leading to longer fluid life, the company says. The fluid is suitable for soft- and hard-water regions and is non-irritating to skin in a 20 percent emulsion. Castrol also launched a new wind turbine lubricant, Tribol GR SW 460-1. It claims that the product creates a stable lubricant film that becomes even more pressure resistant with increasing load, and resists shearing, wear and water ingress. Web:

Improved Base Oils
Excel Paralubes upgraded its Pure Performance branded 110 and 225 neutral API Group II base oils. The oils have improved Noack volatility, cold crank viscosity and viscosity indices for blends of conventional passenger car and heavy-duty engine oil grades. The 110N base oil has a maximum volatility of 22 percent, cold crank viscosity of 1,350 centipoise at -25 degrees Celsius and a 105 minimum V.I., while the 225N base stock has cold crank viscosity of 2,800 centipoise at -20 C and a minimum V.I of 100, the base oil producer notes. Web:

Lubrita Gets JASO Approval
Lubrita Europe B.V. received JASO MA2 approvals from the Japan Lubricating Oil Society for its range of synthetic four-stroke motorcycle engine oils. The SAE 15W-50, SAE 5W-50 and SAE 5W-40 oils prevent sliding, sticking or rough changing of the motorcycle clutch plates; control wear, corrosion and foaming; reduce friction; maintain viscosity over different temperatures and have good detergency and dispersion. The products are available worldwide. Web:

Biogrease from Cortec
Cortec Corp. released two biobased greases from its EcoLine brand. The company’s drilling rod grease has extreme pressure additives to protect rod joints from constant vibration and reduces friction and wear. The aluminum complex-thickened grease is available in NLGI grades 1, 2 and 3 and is recommended for environmentally sensitive areas such as waterways. Cortec also released a lithium based grease for lubricating fifth wheels in semi-trucks. The grease has extreme pressure additives that reduce friction and wear, resists water washout and functions in wide operating temperatures. It can also be used in trailer hitches, mechanical joints and other parts with sliding or rolling metal-to-metal contact, the company adds. Web:

Strong and green.

Hype Up Hydraulics
Bringing efficiency to hydraulic equipment in mining, construction, forestry, agricultural and industrial applications is the mission of Gazpromneft-Lubricants’ G-Special Power HVLP hydraulic oils. The lubricants are formulated with Evonik Oil Additives’ Dynavis technology to enable operation in a wide temperature range, improve cold-start performance and lengthen drain intervals. The Russian company adds that the oils increase equipment performance and fuel economy and reduced the amount of hydraulic system failures in both bench and field tests. Web:

Dig longer.

Better Packaging
Spanish lube manufacturer Cepsa has a new package for its passenger car and industrial lubricant products. The company says the packaging distributes the weight of the lubricant better, is leak-proof and has a side handle with textured plastic to offer better grip and an easier pour. The new bottles are also color-coded to make them more identifiable: Gold for the XTAR range, silver for its Avant and Genuine branded motor oils and red for lubricants used in transmissions and other auxiliary industrial equipment. Revised labels include more understandable technical information, and jugs contain 30 percent recycled plastic. Web:

Slick containers.

Gain Fuel Economy
ExxonMobil is the latest to enter the low-viscosity arena in North America with its Mobil 1 SAE 0W-16 Advanced Fuel Economy synthetic motor oil. The oil major notes that the product has increased cold-start and low-temperature performance as well as wear protection. It also has thermal and oxidative stability to reduce aging. The oil meets API SN and API SN Plus and is particularly aimed at internal combustion and hybrid engines, including certain Honda and Toyota vehicles in the United States. Web:

Low-vis for low fuel consumption.

Easier Drum Transport
Taking the hassle out of lifting and moving drums is Liftomatic Material Handling’s goal. The company recently released the Ergo-PWPL-750 powered drum handling transport to move steel, plastic and fiber drums of weights between 650 and 1,000 pounds in plants, warehouses and laboratories. The company also released the 3A-HDBHDL mechanical below-hook attachment that can be used to lift 55-gallon drums from an overhead position to place in containment devices, on scales or pallets. A third product line, the DCM automatic and mechanical drum handling attachments, can raise up to four drums at a time to move them to shipping docks, loading containers, flatbed trucks and for general fill line use. Web:

Need a lift?

Greif Adjusts GCube
Industrial packaging company Greif added some features to its GCube branded intermediate bulk containers. It introduced high-density polyethylene barrier protection to protect solvent based products and other chemicals against gas permeation that can affect product performance, extending shelf life. The company also replaced the generic aluminum foil seal underneath its butterfly valve with one that includes the GCube logo, to remove the risk of product counterfeiting. These packaging changes come along with Greif’s introduction of specialty steel and stainless steel tight-head and open-head drums of capacities between five and 250-liters at its facility in the United Kingdom. Web:

Shield contents.

Maintain Modern Engines
Gasoline and turbocharged gasoline direct-injection engines get a boost in protection with DuraMax full synthetic XLT engine oil from Reladyne. The product provides wear protection, prevents deposit and sludge formation and defends GDI and TGDI engines from the effects of low-speed pre-ignition. The company adds that the SAE 0W-20 and SAE 5W-30 oils meet the General Motors Dexos1 Gen2 specification, in addition to ILSAC GF-5 and API SN. Web:

Put a stop to LSPI.

September 2018

SK Releases Bright Stock
SK Lubricants Americas last month started bringing in volumes of a new API Group II bright stock to the United States. SK120 BS is a bright stock with a high level of saturates, no sulfur content, a viscosity of 24 centistokes at 100 degrees Celsius and a viscosity index over 102. It has a low pour point between -30 and -36 C, which gives automotive gear lubricants extremely low Brookfield viscosity and requires less shear stable polymer treatments for SAE 75W-XX and SAE 80W-XX gear oils, the base oil producer notes. It can also be used in process oils and is available from SK’s bulk terminal in Houston. Web:

Thwart Corrosion
A general purpose extreme lubricant penetrant from Cortec Corp. aims to provide protection to metal parts with less environmental impact. EcoLine ELP is a biobased, chlorine-free penetrating lube with a high flash point that protects metals in milling, tapping, reaming, cutting, grinding and drilling operations against rust and corrosion by repelling water, cooling moving parts and reducing smoke generation, the company says. The product is available in 11-ounce aerosol cans and in pails, totes and bulk quantities for industrial sites. Web:

Precision Cleaning
Houghton International developed a cleaner to replace highly volatile solvents in applications that have increased flammability and other health, safety and environmental hazards. Houghto-Rinse RTD is a water based, low odor and non-flammable cleaner that removes surface residue such as grease and production soil prior to final inspection, assembly or packaging. It also has rust prevention properties when used to clean steel, aluminum and magnesium components, the company adds. The product does not produce foam or residue, dries quickly and is ready to use, eliminating the need for dilution. Web:

Restrain Volatility
Engine oil formulators seeking to qualify products against the upcoming ILSAC GF-6 passenger car engine oil category’s Noack volatility requirements can run tests at Savant Labs, which is now using the Noack S2 instrument from Tannas to measure evaporative losses in motor oils. The equipment has a pre-heated thermal well to provide consistent heat-up of engine oils and avoid long lag times. It can be calibrated to the atmospheric conditions of an individual lab and can collect volatile products that can affect catalysts and other engine components to gauge the presence of phosphorus, sulfur and other byproducts, Savant notes. Web:

Testing for volatility.

Go Low
Petro-Canada Lubricants is stepping up to meet newer engine demands with its SAE 0W-16 Supreme-branded passenger car motor oil. The product resists thermal breakdown, has increased fluidity in low temperatures and protects engines against wear and deposit formation to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions, the company says. It also prevents damage from low-speed pre-ignition in gasoline and turbocharged direct-injection engines. The oil meets API SN and SN Plus standards. Web:

Engines stay strong.

Compliant Cylinder Lubes
Vessel operators seeking to meet the International Maritime Organization’s global marine fuel sulfur cap in 2020 can turn to Chevron Marine Lubricants’ range of Taro Ultra cylinder oils. The lubes neutralize acids that cause corrosion, protect components from wear and deposit formation and are compatible with most marine engines, bunker fuels and abatement technologies, the company reports. The SAE 50 products include 25, 40, 70, 100 and 140 base number oils and will be phased into the market beginning in 2019, Chevron Marine adds. Web:

Face the sulfur cap.

Stop Grease Hazards
SKF released two devices from its Lincoln brand: One to prevent grease overflow and another to keep contaminants from affecting grease. The mechanical grease overflow prevention system thwarts grease spills associated with reservoir overfilling. The device is made of steel and anti-corrosion plating to withstand operating temperatures between -40 and 65.5 degrees Celsius (-40 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit) in addition to pressures of up to 517 bar (7,500 psi), the company says. The small grease reservoir filling filter minimizes entry of contaminants into automatic lubrication systems during filling. It has a fill rate of up to 8 liters per minute and withstands operating pressure of 344 bar, SKF notes. Both products can be used in mining, industrial, agricultural and off-highway construction equipment. Web:

Stop spills.

Gear Lube in a Pouch
Amsoil has a new packaging to ease gear lubricant application in hard-to-reach areas. The flexible pouch improves maneuverability to fill holes with gear oil even in confined spaces, making for faster, cleaner installation and eliminating the need for a pump, the manufacturer says. The pack is highly durable and produces less waste than traditional quart containers. The product is available with Amsoil’s Severe Gear brand of SAE 75W-90 and 75W-140 synthetic gear oils, which reduce friction and wear and resist high loads in towing, hauling, racing and other vehicles operating in severe conditions, the company adds. Web:

Flex your gear lubes.

Decrease Downtime
Interflon USA is helping manufacturers in food processing, medicine and beverage production minimize unscheduled equipment downtime and repairs with its Interflon dry, food grade lubricant spray. The product displaces moisture, fights corrosion and deposit formation, and resists wear and washout even from high-pressure spray nozzles, including those with salt water, the company says. It can be applied directly to electrical contacts and other moving parts, such as chains, sliding tracks, conveyors, joints, pivots, belts, threaded parts and more. The lube is H1-registered with NSF International for incidental contact with food and comes in both aerosol cans for smaller uses and in automatic dispenser form for large operations. Web:

Spray away.

Stronger Viscometer
Dust, oil and even powerful jets of water can’t trip up Ametek Brookfield’s TT-100 IECEx in-line viscometer. The instrument measures the same wide range of pressures, temperatures, viscosities, flow and shear rates as the company’s TT-100 viscometer, but can be used in hazardous locations worldwide that have IECEx, ATEX and North American explosion-proof certifications. Ametek notes that the device has better durability, more refined speed control with 16 selectable speeds up to 600 rpm and an expanded ambient temperature range of up to 55 degrees Celsius. It also has the motor and sensor components assembled in a single enclosure, the company adds. Web:

Measure in hazardous areas.

Oils Stay Strong
Sea-Land Chemical is distributing Songwon Industrial Co.’s liquid butylated/octylated diphenylamine antioxidant, Songnox L750. The additive mitigates oxidation by reacting with and stabilizing radicals produced in automotive and industrial lubricants and greases, the company says. It also reduces viscosity to prevent deposit formation and foam generation, ensure performance at low temperatures, protect oils at high temperatures, curb corrosion and eliminate contaminants. The antioxidant extends oil service life and drain intervals, Sea-Land notes. Web:

Stabilize lubes.

Roll Up Drums
Moving heavy bulk solid storage drums is now a simpler task with Flexicon’s drum dumping system. The equipment automatically rolls the drums into position, dumps their contents into a discharge hood and rolls them out of the dumping station, allowing transfer of materials from drums weighing up to 750 pounds, the company says. The device contains photoelectric sensors along the powered roller conveyors where empty drums are placed for removal, which relay the position of full and empty drums to the system controller. The drum dumping system has a high-lift configuration for emptying drums into elevated receiving equipment, an open-chute configuration and a dust-free design for dumping boxes, bins, pails and other containers. Web:

Lift, dump, repeat.

Additive Subtracts LSPI
A new additive from Lubrizol aims to address the demands of modern gasoline and diesel engines. PV2500 is a mid-sulfated ash, phosphorus and sulfur additive package that mitigates the occurrence of low-speed pre-ignition in gasoline direct injection and turbocharged engines and defends against timing chain wear in European vehicles. The company adds that the product meets emissions requirements for after-treatment systems in these cars. “The automotive market is expected to see a rise in demand for mid-SAPS lubricant solutions going into gasoline vehicles as OEMs start to introduce gasoline particulate filters,” said Anthony Smith, Lubrizol product manager, passenger car engine oils. Web:

North American 0W-16
North American Lubricants’ PureSyn SAE 0W-16 engine oil is available for the newest Toyota and Honda vehicles, which the company boasts is one of the first to be licensed in the U.S. As of publication, fewer than 20 North American companies have SAE 0W-16 oils licensed by the American Petroleum Institute. “Fuel economy will continue to be the driver in advancements of engine oil design, but the careful selection of high quality base oils and additives ensures the necessary protection of newly designed smaller displacement engines,” said NAL President Aaron Read. Web:

August 2018

Fishing for Better Oil
Shell aims to protect high-speed diesel engines in the fishing and tug boat segments with Shell Marine 40 engine oil. The product’s additive system controls piston deposits and helps to maintain engine cleanliness for better fuel efficiency and higher reliability, according to the company. “The high-speed engines that power tugs and fishing boats face a vastly different operational profile to a container ship or a dredger,” said Marcus Schaerer, Shell Marine global marketing manager. “We deliver lubricants that recognize and match the differing needs to help ensure that vessel engines can perform their jobs reliably and efficiently.” Web:

Tugging in better protection.

Healthier Machining
Metalworking fluid producer Condat has produced an amine-, boron- and formaldehyde-free, high-performance cutting fluid for the international automotive sector that the company reports has a lower impact on worker health. Polybio 650 ABF considerably reduces the risk of skin irritation and limits ammonia odors released by bacterial growth. The oil can increase tool service life by 10 to 15 percent in some applications and reduces roughness on finished surfaces, Condat boasts. The products wettability and detergency also help reduce lubricant consumption. Web:

Gentle as milk.

Wireless Fluid Management
The Pulse Fluid Management system helps auto shops keep better tabs on vehicle fluids, says maker Graco. Users can capture previously lost or unassigned costs and uncover hidden profits by tracking bulk fluid activities and monitoring inventory from storage tanks to dispensers. The system, accessible from any network-connected device, monitors the type of fluid that was used, how much, where and when it was dispensed, and who was performing the work, the company says. The product can also be used in other industries, such as mining, fleet services, trucking, heavy construction and oil companies. Web:

Transparency in fluid management.

Four-ball Update
Falex Corp.’s updated Falex four-ball test machine will be introduced on September 27 at the company’s headquarters in Belgium. The new machine is smaller, safer and more versatile, the company says, with improved automation and calibration as well as more capabilities. The product can perform four-ball wear and extreme pressure bench test measurements according to ASTM D2596, D2783, D2266 and D4172. KRL tests can also be run by making small modifications. Web:

The latest in wear testing.

Perstorp Goes Pro-environment
Perstorp’s new range of high-performance polyols for base oils can significantly reduce the cradle-to-grave environmental impact of synthetic lubricants, the company says. Its Pro-Environment Polyols include renewable and part-renewable grades of Voxtar pentaerythritol, Evyron trimethylolpropane and Neeture neopolyol. The materials, which the company says are drop-in solutions with identical molecules to mineral based polyols, have all received International Sustainability & Carbon Certification. Web:

Motorcycle Oil for Indonesia
ExxonMobil’s latest motorcycle oil has entered the Indonesian market. Mobil Super Moto provides excellent engine cleanliness, wear protection and effective corrosion resistance, the company claims. It also boasts that the oils provide 44 to 57 percent better wear protection when measured against API SL oils. The semi-synthetic oils are available for manual and automatic two-wheelers in SAE 10W-40, SAE 10W-30 and SAE 20W-40 viscosities. Mobil lubricants are sold by online retailer Lazada in Indonesia. Web:

July 2018

Shell, Maserati Co-brand Oil
Maserati engines can continue running smoothly with a co-branded motor oil released as part of the original equipment manufacturer’s ongoing deal with Shell, its exclusive lubricant supplier until 2020. The product, Shell Helix Ultra Maserati, is an SAE 10W-60 full synthetic engine oil formulated for Maserati’s V6 gasoline engines. It provides stable lubrication and oxidation protection in high-temperature conditions to prevent corrosion and wear, the lube manufacturer notes. The oil will be used as factory-fill in all Maserati 2018 models and will also be available for oil changes at the 450 authorized Maserati dealerships worldwide. Web:

Fast cars, thick oils.

Protect Girth Gears
Medium- and large-size girth gear drives remain well lubricated with Kluber Lubrication’s Kluberfluid C-F 3 Ultra operational lubricant. The semi-synthetic product has good adhesion, high pressure resistance and offers wear and tooth flank protection to open gear drives with immersion, circulation or spray lubrication systems, the company reports. The lubricant can be used in operating temperatures up to 120 degrees Celsius, does not clog spray nozzles and will flow freely from gear guards. Kluber adds that the product is free from heavy metals, chlorine, solvents, bitumen and solid particles, and can be used in gear drives in equipment such as rotary kilns, tube mills, drums and similar machinery used in the cement, lime, gypsum, mining and chemical industries and in power plants. Web:

Gears stay running.

Strengthen Grease
Functional Products Inc. released a liquid polymer additive for use in biobased, lithium and calcium sulfonate greases. V-4051 is a grafted hydrocarbon polymer in biodegradable methyl ester that improves water resistance of greases at treat rates between 1 and 5 percent by weight to minimize spray-off and increase mechanical stability, the company says. It also raises the tackiness of the grease and reduces the required soap content, resulting in higher product yield. The polymer has a flash point over 150 degrees Celsius and kinematic viscosity between 2,000 and 3,000 centistokes at 100 C. Web:

Maximize Fuel Economy
Heavy-duty diesel engines get a fuel efficiency boost with OLOA 61530 from Chevron Oronite. The SAE 5W-30 additive package delivers wear protection and oxidation control to cylinders and cams, and helps extend drain intervals, the manufacturer says. The product is suitable for both low and high temperature, high shear conditions in on- and off-road applications, including construction, agriculture and mining equipment, as well as mixed fleets meeting Euro VI emissions standards. OLOA 61530 also meets ACEA E6/7/9 and API CK-4/FA-4 standards. Web:

June 2018

Flexicon Adds Products
Flexicon released a new bulk bag conditioner and a low-profile flexible screw conveyor for operators handling different materials in a production facility. The bulk bag conditioner loosens densely packed solid materials such as chemicals and heat-sensitive products using hydraulic rams with contoured end plates that press and release the sides of the bag. It also features a scissor lift with an accordion-like dust skirt and turntable to condition the bag from all sides and heights, the company notes. The low-profile flexible screw conveyor is designed to roll below mezzanines and other low-headroom areas to receive material from overhead equipment and discharge it into processing vessels in the plant. It contains an integral bin that can hold one-third of the contents in a bulk bag and a screw in the straight conveyor tube that moves bulk materials with a tendency to cake, pack, smear or plug, Flexicon explains. Web:

Swift material handling.

IOM Releases 2017 Data
Historical engine oil data for 2017 is now available on the Institute of Materials’ online database, which was launched a year ago. New features include an increased collection of data about SAE 5W-20, 0W-20 and 0W-16 low viscosity oils, additional emphasis on heavy-duty diesel engine oils, more market brands analyzed and more oils from the Africa region, the company says. The data goes back to the year 2005, and the databases can be divided regionally or customized to filter engine oil information by year, brand name, supplier, SAE viscosity grade, service class, oil type, engine type, country or region, IOM adds. Web:

Sort through motor oil trends.

Helix Heads to India
Shell Lubricants launched its Helix HX8 fully synthetic motor oil in the Indian market. The product protects engine components from stress and wear, resists oil degradation and evaporation, and has improved flow in temperatures as low as -40 degrees Celsius and oxidative stability at extremely high temperatures, the oil major says. The SAE 5W-30 oil also prevents piston deposits that can lead to engine sludge and provides fuel economy improvements, the company boasts. Shell Helix HX8 is suitable for gasoline, diesel and gas engines and meets API SN, API CF, ACEA A3/B3 and A3/B4 standards, as well as original equipment manufacturer specifications from Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Renault and Fiat. Web:

Reduce engine stress.

Polyurea for Bearings
Electric motor ball and roller bearings in sealed-for-life applications can get optimal lubrication with Mobil SHC Polyrex 102 EM from ExxonMobil. The polyurea-thickened grease has high-temperature performance up to 180 degrees Celsius, reduced bearing torque compared to conventional thickener based greases, increased shear stability, improved corrosion and rust resistance, enhanced wear protection and low-noise properties, the manufacturer notes. The product’s service life allows operators to reduce maintenance costs, extend re-greasing intervals and improve equipment uptime, the company boasts. It is also compatible with lithium complex greases. Web:

Sea-Land Versatic Acid 10.
No need to re-grease.

All-around Protection
Whether it’s during warm-up or in stop-start driving conditions, Castrol Magnatec is keeping Indian cars protected from wear. The fully synthetic range of motor oils protect engine components in busy traffic conditions, in a wide range of temperatures and during extreme cold start-up, which can all cause additional stress to the engine, the company says. “The average driver can stop and start as many as 18,000 times a year and can spend up to one-third of the journey time idling. This puts up to 66 percent more load on critical engine parts compared to driving on the open road,” claims Kedar Apte, vice president of marketing at Castrol India. The SAE 0W-20, 5W-30, 10W-40 and 15W-40 oils can be used in passenger car, heavy-duty and gas-fueled engines and meets API SN, ILSAC GF-5 and ACEA A3/B4 and A5/B5 standards. Castrol Magnatec is also available for cars in China, Thailand and Malaysia. Web:

Sea-Land Versatic Acid 10.
Soothe stressed engines.

Toughen Up Lubes
Songwon’s new additive, Songnox L570, is a liquid butylated/octylated diphenylamine antioxidant that enhances a lubricant’s thermo-oxidative resistance by reacting with and stabilizing radicals, the company says. This protects oil from degradation and increases service life in vehicles and machinery. The additive t is recommended for use in passenger car and heavy-duty diesel engine oils, compressor oils, hydraulic fluids, metalworking fluids, turbine oils and greases. The product is stable for up to two years when stored in a dry location at temperatures between 5 and 40 degrees Celsius. Web:

Prevent oil degradation.

Connected Maintenance
Monitoring desiccant breathers off-site is now simpler with IsoLogic monitoring software from Des-Case Corp. A digital reading of the desiccant breather’s remaining service life, saturation direction, breather temperature and humidity level helps prevent replacing the device too early or too late and avoids equipment downtime. The software monitors breather status on remote or hard-to-access equipment within a 100-foot range, and operators are able to access the information through a visual dashboard on an app for smartphones, tablets and computers. The technology is available on the company’s VentGuard desiccant breathers used in low-flow applications with intermittent operations. Web:

Monitor your breather.

Tribofilm Measurements
PCS Instruments has a new device that measures friction in lubricated and non-lubricated surfaces under rolling and sliding conditions. The extreme pressure traction (ETM) machine can be used to analyze the formation and removal of antiwear tribofilms at high contact pressures, study the influence of very high shear stress on lubricant and material chemistry, conduct scuffing tests on lubricants, materials and surface finishes, characterize lubricant properties for traction drive applications and examine their friction modifying behavior at realistic contact pressures of up to 3.5 gigapascals. The ETM can apply loads between 150 and 1,650 Newtons and at temperatures up to 150 degrees Celsius. Web:

Extreme analysis.

Precise Scaling
Weighing errors can cause problems for industrial facilities, but Switzerland-based Mettler Toledo has a new digital floor scale to weigh drums and other packages more accurately. The PowerDeck can weigh multiple batches on a single platform without needing to use different scales. It detects and notifies operators when a product is improperly loaded to avoid uneven filling, spills, inaccurate weighing and bad batches, the company notes, while also providing real-time alerts for environmental hazards including debris, shock loads and temperature fluctuations. Web:

Make the weight.

Data-driven Lubrication
Maersk Fluid Technology has advanced its Sea-Mate blending-on-board system with integrated software that automates its production of cylinder lubricants using data from sensors aboard the vessel. The system blends the base oil with a high base number cylinder oil that is then added to the engine sump in two-stroke engines. “The use of this technology can reduce cylinder oil consumption and alleviate issues such as cold corrosion and excessive cylinder wear,” the company adds. The Sea-Mate is comprised of three models (B500, B1000 and B3000) with different capacities, making them suitable for a variety of engine sizes. Web:

Fit-for-purpose blending.

Automated Drum Carrying
Foot pumps and hand cranks are no longer required to lift drums with Liftomatic Material Handling’s Ergomatic 1000 drum transporter. The device has an electric-powered hydraulic system that is activated with a pushbutton to propel steel, plastic and fiber drums of up to 1,000 pounds. The lifting equipment is available in 20- and 36-inch heights with non-sparking packages, alternate coatings and the company’s proprietary clamping system for improved safety. Web:

Easy moving.

Even Mixing
Heavy pastes and slurry-like applications get a proper mixing with Ross PowerMix planetary stirring vessels from Charles Ross & Son Co. The 10-gallon planetary mixers can achieve high shear mixing of tough materials with low flow properties. The devices feature a sawtooth blade on each disperser shaft to double the shear input capacity of the mixer. A rectangular stirrer orbits the vessel and exposes the entire batch of contents to the shearing action of the dispersers, the company explains. High viscosity blades with a helical curvature to push product forward and downward are available for more viscous applications that are prone to climbing on the stirrer. Web:

Sea-Land Versatic Acid 10.
Meticulous stirring.

Banish Hydrolysis
Lubricants can stand up to challenging water-prone environments with Dow Chemical’s Ucon WaterGuard stabilizers. The polyalkylene glycol based stabilizers act as a polymeric sponge that soaks up water and moisture in ester based lubricants to prevent acid formation and oil degradation due to hydrolysis, the company notes. The stabilizers also enable improved deposit control and hinder varnish formation as the lubricant ages. The products are biodegradable and minimally toxic and can be used in natural, saturated and unsaturated synthetic esters for a variety of applications, including deck equipment in marine vessels and in food grade lubricants and additives. Web:

Husky Approves Canadian Lube
Petro-Canada Lubricants received original equipment manufacturer approval from Husky Injection Molding for its Purity FG Synthetic Fluid 46 to use in the company’s injection molding equipment worldwide. The H1-registered hydraulic oil provides wear protection and oxidative stability to food processing equipment operating in hot and cold temperatures as well as wet environments, the manufacturer says. It also prevents deposit buildup that can lead to valve sticking and restricted oil flow to applications such as rotary screw compressor, vacuum pumps, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, the lube maker adds. Web:

Combatting Varnish
Lubrication Engineers formulated a new turbine oil to address varnish in power generation applications. The product provides oxidative and thermal stability to prevent oil degradation, which can generate by-products that lead to varnish formation. It also prevents deposits and sludge, suppresses foam, protects equipment against rust, corrosion and wear, separates readily from water and has improved filterability for long-term oil cleanliness, the company adds. The Endure branded turbine oil is available in ISO 32 and ISO 46 viscosities and is catered to gas combustion and combined cycle turbines, as well as centrifugal compress. Web:

Leave Wear Behind
Esso Thailand launched engine oils for two-wheelers in the country. The SAE 10W-30,10W-40 and 20W-40 Mobil Super synthetic oils protect engines, transmissions and clutches of motorcycles and scooters from wear and corrosion and improve cleanliness of components, the company says, and are formulated to withstand the extreme driving conditions in Thailand’s streets. The products are available at Esso fuel stations, retail shops and independent workshops in 0.8-liter and 1-liter bottles. Web:

Sea-Land Adds Acid
Sea-Land Chemical Co. is distributing Versatic Acid 10. The neodecanoic acid is a compact, hydrophobic chain with excellent solubility in non-polar oils and solvents, providing lubricating and corrosion preventative properties in metalworking fluids and other aqueous recirculating systems, such as engine coolants. When neutralized, salts of the product are easily soluble in water and provide the same benefits. Versatic Acid 10 is a multi-functional solution for many formulation challenges and can be used in place of or in conjunction with dodecanedioic, sebacic or isononanoic acid in numerous applications, Sea-Land says. Web:

Sea-Land Versatic Acid 10.
Acid beats corrosion.



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