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February 2018

Tougher Oil Transport
VP Racing Fuels released a 3-gallon container for storage and transport of various materials and liquids, including automotive and industrial fluids, oil and absorbents. The packaging is made with 30 percent more high density polyethylene than standard containers from the oil marketer to withstand impacts that can cause cracks, leaks or splitting. It features a contoured handle, a bottom grip to ease pouring and a multipurpose cap with rubber gaskets made to resist breaking, the company notes. The container is available through VP Racing Fuels distributors and can also be ordered online. Web:

VP Racing Fuels' Motorsportsman 3-gallon container.
Stronger storage.

Resist Fire Damage
Extinguish fire hazards in severe operating conditions in hydraulic equipment with Bel-Ray’s fire-resistant hydraulic fluid. The product works in high pressure hydraulic systems up to 7,500 psi, provides shear stability, maintains a high viscosity index in low and high temperatures and reduces varnish and sludge formation in valves, pipes and reservoirs, the company says. The non-toxic biodegradable fluid is certified as HFD-U fire resistant and is registered by NSF International as an H1 lubricant suitable to use in applications that have incidental contact with food. Web:

Oil Change a Tap Away
Planning vehicle maintenance around a busy schedule is a notion that Palo Alto, California-based startup Yoshi is trying to do away with. Yoshi is a mobile app which provides the ability to schedule on-demand oil changes and other basic maintenance services while consumers’ cars are parked at home or at work. The oil changes are done using Mobil 1 and Mobil Super brand oils and include new filter installation, the company says. Yoshi’s services are currently available in seven major cities in the United States, but the company notes that service availability and pricing vary by location. Yoshi joins similar on-demand maintenance service apps in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. Web:

Yoshi mobile app.
An app for your oil change.

Increase Gear Performance
Heavy-duty commercial trucks can haul for longer periods without frequent gearbox fluid changes with Traxon synthetic gear oil from Petro-Canada Lubricants. The product limits drag losses and delivers oxidative stability to resist deposit and sludge formation than can cause issues with transmission shifts, the manufacturer reports. The gear oil protects manual transmissions in all weather conditions and increases drain intervals up to 250,000 miles. Traxon gear oil can be used in Class 6, 7 and 8 trucks, meets API’s GL-4 specification and has original equipment manufacturer approvals from Mack, Volvo, Iveco, MAN and Renault. Web:

Traxon synthetic gear oil.
Extend gear oil drains.

Enhance Viscosity
Evonik Oil Additives announced that its Viscoplex 8-219 viscosity index improver for hydraulic fluids was registered by InS Services as an HX-1 ingredient for use in lubricants that have incidental contact with food. The additive is a polymer dissolved in mineral oil that improves viscosity and offers high shear stability. It controls paraffin crystallization and allows hydraulic oils to have increased performance at low temperatures and enhanced pour points when blended with a pour point depressant, the company boasts. The product can be used in paraffinic base oils or in paraffinic and naphthenic base oil combinations for applications in both food processing and pharmaceutical industries. Web:

January 2018

Double Offerings from Ross
Charles Ross and Son Co. added a new planetary mixer at its test and development center. The four-gallon planetary dual disperser is equipped with two blades for high-viscosity products and two high-speed dispersers that rapidly break up and dissolve powders, thick slurries and pastes, the company notes. The device includes a jacketed mix vessel and is designed for vacuum operation, able to blend products with viscosities of up to 2 million centipoise. Companies can test raw materials on the mixer in operating conditions closely resembling actual production at the testing center, Ross adds. The manufacturer also released protective curtains for its tumble blenders. The curtains provide automatic shutoff of the blenders when a worker crosses a defined security boundary, improving operator safety, the company says. Web:

Ross Model PDDM-4 Planetary Dual Disperser
Better mixing and safer workspaces.

Handle Hefty Drums
Moving drums can be a lighter job with portable drum handling equipment from Liftomatic Material Handling. The Ergo-Matic line consists of four drum handling models with heights of up to 36 inches to allow double stacking. Each product has spark-resistant components for flammable areas, double clamps and special wheels and coatings for FDA-approved applications. The products are available in counterbalance and straddle-leg configurations, can handle up to 1,000 pounds per drum and can be used for steel, fiber and plastic drums at ground level and for palletizing or placing drums in storage containers, the company notes. The equipment includes hand trucks in addition to fully-powered devices for repetitive lifting environments and long-distance drum movement in plants, labs and warehouses. Web:

Ergo-Matic with drum.
Take a load off.

Aid Agricultural Equipment
Off-highway equipment in the agricultural sector can use the added protection of Exol Lubricants’ synthetic universal tractor transmission oil. Harvest LV is a low-viscosity formulation for transmissions, hydraulics, final drives and wet brakes that improves anti-squawk performance in brake systems, oxidative stability and increased low temperature properties, and reduces wear and extends oil drain intervals, the company states. The product can be used in modern off-highway equipment in addition to older tractors, and meets API GL-4 and original equipment manufacturer specifications from John Deere, Case New Holland, Massey Ferguson, Caterpillar, Kubota and others. Web:

Exol Harvest LV universal tractor transmission oil.
Smooth harvesting.

Reduce Friction Damage
Total is revving up its presence in India through the launch of its Hi-Perf four-stroke motorcycle engine oils. The synthetic, semi-synthetic and mineral oil based lubes protect scooter, racing motorcycle and other two-wheeler engine parts against damage from sudden breaking, heavy clutch usage and frequent gear changes, the company boasts. The SAE 10W-50, 10W-40, 10W-30 and 20W-40 motor oils reduce friction and wear, prevent clutch slippage and protect cylinders and pistons at high temperatures. The products meet API SN and JASO MA2 standards. Web:

Total Hi-Perf motorcycle oil range.
Raise motorcycle endurance.

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:

Repel Water
Kluber Lubrication rolled out a specialty grease for sanitary applications. Unisilkon LCA 3801 is a silicone and calcium soap-based grease with neutral odor that lubricates narrow gaps and difficult-to-reach friction points in equipment exposed to both non-potable and potable water, such as drinking water valves and fittings, the company says. The product offers improved sealing capacity, enhanced load bearing and adhesion, and has thermal stability in cold or hot water, Kluber boasts. The grease is compatible with most ceramics, metals, elastomers and plastics and is resistant to acid or alkaline disinfectants, but the company warns that it is not as resilient against most organic solvents, strong acids or lyes. Web:

Push Corrosion Out
Thrust gears, steering gears and stern tubes operating in highly corrosive marine environments can count on protection from Royal Purple’s Biomax hydraulic oil. The environmentally acceptable lubricant displaces moisture to protect vessel equipment against rust, corrosion and oxidation due to extreme heat, and has improved seal compatibility and solvency, the company notes. The hydraulic oil provides lubrication to components such as bearings, stabilizers, rudders, controllable pitch propellers and azipods and is compliant with requirements laid out in the Unites States Environmental Protection Agency’s 2013 Vessel General Permit. Web:

Enhance Wire Drawing
Manufacturers can stabilize components in copper and non-ferrous wire drawing applications with new fluids from Metalube UK. Lubricool 33, 11, 319, 230 and 250B are synthetic and semi-synthetic chemistries that provide longer sump life through lower interaction with copper; resistance to soap formation, excessive foaming and bacterial formation; reduced corrosion and oxidation; emulsion stability; increased detergency and resistance to high conductivity conditions. The company claims the products deliver fewer wire breaks, reduced capstan wear and extended die life, according to results from fluid trials being conducted at different facilities in Europe. Web:

December 2017

Sprint Away from Wear
Racing professionals and enthusiasts can count on added protection for their engines with new motor oils, says Champion Brands. The company released a fully-synthetic SAE 0W-40 oil for muscle cars and two SAE 10W-40 and 20W-50 mineral oils to protect engines against hard break-in damage. The muscle car engine oil reduces wear and oil breakdown, improves piston ring seal for better compression, increases horsepower and torque and maintains component protection in extremely high temperatures, the company assures. The product is licensed as meeting API SN standards and recommended for Dodge’s Viper 8.4L, Challenger 6.4L and Charger 6.4L engines among other “crate motors” from manufacturers such as Jeep and Nissan. The break-in motor oils are formulated with polymer thickeners to allow for easier cold start-up, reduced friction and protection of components during break-in and heating cycles. They also have dispersants and additives to keep the engine clean and minimize wear particles generated by the piston rings, cylinder walls and other moving parts during operation. Web:

Champion Brands SAE 20W-50 break-in oil.
Keeps engines purring.

Gazprom Ocean Sets Sail
Russian oil marketer Gazpromneft-Lubricants is now producing marine lubricants under the Gazpromneft Ocean brand. The new range of marine products will include 15 diesel engine oils, cylinder and crankcase lubricants for vessels equipped with medium- and high-speed trunk piston, slow speed or two-stroke crosshead engines using fuels with low- or high-sulfur content (between 0.5 to 4.5 percent), the company says. The oils protect components against wear, deposits and corrosion in high-load and high-temperature operating conditions, as well as providing water separation properties and defending against foaming. The launch of the marine lubes brand aims to develop Gazpromneft-Lubricants’ global operations, and the company plans to expand its storage capacity in 2018 to supply more foreign ports, added CEO Alexander Trukhan. Web:

Gazpromneft-Lubricants oil barrels.
Full speed ahead.

Improved HDEOs
Phillips 66 is meeting heavy-duty diesel engines’ evolving low-viscosity demands with its latest Phillips 66 and Kendall brand API CK-4 and FA-4 formulations. The company released four SAE 5W-30 HDEOs that have high shear stability, offer soot control to protect against abrasive wear and oil thickening, resist viscosity and thermal breakdown at high temperatures in addition to foaming and aeration, and defend engine components against sludge and varnish formation, rust and bearing corrosion, Phillips 66 boasts. They are formulated for compatibility with exhaust aftertreatment systems using diesel particulate filters, diesel oxidation catalysts or selective catalytic reduction, perform in harsh low-temperature environments, and extend oil drain intervals, the oil marketer adds. The oils meet a number of European and North American original equipment manufacturer specifications in addition to ACEA E6 standards. Web:

Phillips 66 Triton FE heavy-duty diesel engine oil.
Heavy-duty protection.

Thick and Thin from Houghton
Houghton International launched something thick and something thin: The latter is a metal removal fluid for machining and grinding operations, while the former is a new grease for industrial applications. The company’s Hocut 8640 is a soluble metalworking fluid with improved dispersion properties for chip removal, emulsion stability and low-foaming characteristic to raise heat transfer performance. It can be used on metals such as high- and low-carbon steel, stainless and alloyed steels, cast nodular, gray iron and carbon particle composites. Houghton added that Aquashield-branded lithium grease clings to metal and O-ring surfaces to seal out water and protect against rust in demanding environments. The grease shows shear stability and retains consistency, the company said, and can be used in applications including bearings, gears, water pumps, water filters, motors and valves that must operate in hot or cold water, steam, pool chemicals or salt water. Web:

Metalworking fluid.
Another fluid launch from Houghton.

Dump Drums, Not Dust
Avoid the mess from transferring free-flowing bulk solid materials with a new drum dumper from Flexicon. The equipment features an elongated discharge cone that fits with the gasketed inlet of low-height receiving vessels. When the drum is raised on the platform, a seal is created between the rim of the drum and the underside of the discharge cone, the company explains. The secured drum is then tipped at a 45 degree angle, and a pneumatic slide gate at the spout can be opened variably for partial or total discharge at controlled rates, then closed before returning the drum to its original position--with no dust emitted throughout the cycle, Flexicon adds. The drum dumper is offered in stationary and mobile configurations and can handle 30- to 55-gallon drums, with a diameter adapter to allow for dumping of smaller-diameter drums. Web:

Flexicon Drum Dumper.
No more mess!

Ease Drain-plug Removal
Lumax released a swivel wrench set to remove oil drain plugs when making engine oil changes. The product features eight socket sizes in one tool, with a chrome molybdenum steel swivel head that can fit many angles when removing the oil drain plug, the company says. It also features a heavy-duty yoke support that resists against high torque and has a built-in magnet to hold drain plugs or nuts. The wrench comes in eight metric sizes (8 millimeter, 10 mm, 12 mm, 13 mm, 14 mm, 17 mm, 19 mm and 21 mm) and eight SAE sizes (3/8 inches, 7/16 in, half an inch, 9/16 in., 5/8 in., 11/16 in., three-quarter inch and 13/16 in). It fits most oil drains, transfer cases and differential plugs. Web:

Lumax swivel wrench.
Choose your size.

Continuous Engine Protection
Motorcycle riders in India can defend their bikes’ components during start-up, riding and when parked with Castrol Activ motor oil. The product’s additives cling to engine parts to reduce piston wear, fight deposits and defend against corrosion, the oil marketer states. The SAE 20W-40, 20W-50 and 10W-30 four-stroke motorcycle oils meet API SL and JASO MA2 specifications, and are available in 1-liter and 900 milliliter packs. Web:

Castrol Activ.
Lubrication at all times.

Replenish Hydraulic Oils
Extend the performance of hydraulic fluids with a new additives booster from Fluitec International. Boost AW restores antiwear and antioxidant additives in hydraulic oils to resist high-temperature loads that can cause oxidation and lead to varnish formation and equipment failure, the company notes. The product has a treat rate between 1.5 and 3 percent by volume and can be pumped into the oil reservoir during operation without special equipment. Fluitec boasts that the additives booster can reduce hydraulic fluid changes and equipment downtime, and lead to cost savings in fluid purchases. Boost AW can be used for hydraulic fluids in manufacturing, injection molding, marine and mining applications. Web:

Stop Corrosion Cold
Shell Marine has launched a two-stroke cylinder oil to protect modern marine engines. Shell Alexia 140 is a high base number formulation that can be used on its own or as part of an onboard lubricant blending or mixing system that addresses cold corrosion issues and optimizes oil feed rates when switching among different fuel types, such as liquefied natural gas and high sulfur fuel oil, the company says. The product can be used in engines of all ages and under full load or slow steaming conditions. Shell Alexia 140 is available at the ports of Rotterdam, Netherlands; Bremerhaven and Hamburg in Germany; Antwerp, Belgium; Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia; Busan, South Korea, and Salalah, Oman. Web:

Surge Racing Performance
Motul recently rolled out a new four-stroke motorcycle oil for on- and off-road racing. The SAE 10W-50 oil optimizes friction control, raises clutch grip, increases torque thanks to low oil film traction at low revolutions, and has high shear stability in gearboxes when used in off-road activities, the company reports. In track racing, the oils enhance oxidative stability, improve engine cleanliness and lower friction at high speeds to boost power output from the bike, Motul adds. The oils claim to meet or exceed existing JASO MA2 and API SN standards. Web:

Upgraded Mobil Delvac
Commercial and off-highway applications can improve equipment protection with three new Mobil Delvac 1 synthetic heavy-duty diesel engine oils from ExxonMobil. Mobil Delvac 1 ESP SAE 5W-30 and 5W-40 API CK-4 and SAE 5W-30 FA-4 oils reduce oxidation, decrease deposits, minimize wear, have high shear stability at high temperatures and prevent sludge formation in low-temperature, stop-and-go conditions, the company notes. They also diminish oil thickening and degradation to extend oil drain intervals, raise fuel economy and, in the case of the FA-4 formulation, protect engines equipped with exhaust aftertreatment systems. The products can be used in a number of vehicles such as haul trucks, buses, construction equipment, mixed fleets and diesel engines with turbocharger, direct-injection and low-emission designs. Web:

Savant Expands Testing
Savant Labs recently added a seal compatibility test for method CEC L-112-16, a required test for the 2016 European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association ACEA engine oil sequences, designed to determine elastomer compatibility with the gasket and sealing material in modern engines. The test involves cutting and soaking a sample of seal material in oil for a specific number of hours at a particular temperature. When the soak phase is finished, the seals are measured for tensile strength, elongation, hardness and volume swell, then compared to the limits of the specification, Savant explained. The data is then processed and reviewed before the laboratory generates a report according to the test method’s guidelines. The elastomer compatibility test is available for ACEA categories A/B for gasoline and light-duty diesel engine oils, C for low- and mid-sulfated ash, phosphorus and sulfur containing oils, and E for heavy-duty diesel engine oils. Web:

Manage Foam
Carpenter Co. announced that several of its ethylene oxide/propylene oxide block copolymers are now Halal compliant for food processing applications. Carpol Nionic’s L-61, L-64, L-81, L-101 and P2000 are surfactants and polyglycols with defoaming, wetting and emulsifying properties. They have increased solubility and solvency, high flash points, are chemically stable and resist water hardness in equipment following strict Islamic cleanliness guidelines, the company says. The products were certified by the American Halal Foundation. “Achieving Halal compliance for our Nionic product line is another important step in positioning these materials for indirect food contact applications such as foam control for food processing and fermentation,” Brent Lesher, market manager, chemicals, explained. Web:

Aviation Grease Life Prolonged
ExxonMobil Aviation announced that its Mobilgrease 28 and Mobilgrease 33 now have an extended shelf life of 10 years, a four-year increase in the period that the greases can maintain their properties and performance. Clay-based Mobilgrease 28 protects components under heavy loads and resists deterioration when exposed to wide-ranging temperatures. It lubricates plain and rolling bearings at low to high speeds and decreases friction, rust, corrosion and wear in splines, screws, worm gears and other mechanisms, according to the company. Mobilgrease 33 is a lithium complex grease that protects outboard and inboard flaps, landing gear bushings and rudders against hydrolysis and has structural stability to perform in extremely low temperatures and wet environments, the manufacturer adds. Both products meet a range of military and commercial aviation specifications. Web:

Mobilgrease 28 and 33.
Soar longer.

Reformulated Defense
Amsoil has reformulated its XL synthetic motor oils to meet the latest challenges of the automotive market. The products deliver around 25 percent more cleaning power to turbocharged and direct-injection gasoline engine components, such as pistons and connecting rods, in addition to protecting against low-speed pre-ignition common in these engine types. The company adds that the oils reduce friction to maximize fuel economy and resist breakdown in extreme temperatures to minimize wear, deposits and difficult cold start-up. The SAE 0W-20, 5W-20, 5W-30, 10W-30 and 10W-40 motor oils meet API SN standards and GM’s Dexos Generation 1 and 2 specifications. Web:

November 2017

Spice Up your Fluids
Sea-Land Chemical released SeacoChem ProHear, a high erucic acid mustard seed oil. Mustard seed oil is derived from the same family as rapeseed and canola vegetable oils, and provides similar lubricating properties as traditional high erucic rapeseed oil. The 22 percent erucic fatty acid content offers improved lubricity over conventional myristic, palmitic or stearic (C14 to C18) fatty acid based vegetable oils and seed oils, the company says. The product contains a stabilizer for improved oxidation stability, making it suitable across a range of applications including metalworking fluids, textile lubricants, plasticizers, rubber processing and as an oleochemical intermediate. SeacoChem ProHear oil is available in North America in bulk, drum or tote packages. Web:

Metalworking fluid.
Enhance lubricity.

Identify Unstable Particles
Measurement instrument manufacturers can integrate monitoring of volatile organic compounds with a new sensor from Alphasense. The p-type metal oxides measurement device has a detection limit for compounds such as solvents, sterilants and petrochemicals between 10-50 parts per billion, depending on the compound, and a limit of 1-100 parts per million for isobutylene. The sensor has a dynamic range, low humidity response and its resistance increases in the presence of most VOCs, the company reports. It can be used in applications such as process monitoring, environmental monitoring, occupational safety and leak detection. Web:

Alphasense VOC sensor.
Sense and desist.

Eneos Races In
Professional and amateur racers can soon zoom past the competition with two upcoming lines of engine oil from JX Nippon Oil (now part of JXTG Holdings.) Eneos Racing Pro SAE 0W-20 has additives to greatly reduce friction and enhance vehicle acceleration, while the 10W-50 oil delivers film thickness under extreme operating conditions, antiwear and antioxidation properties, improved cold-start performance and engine cleanliness, while also boasting lower oil consumption, the Japanese oil major says. Eneos Racing Street are fully synthetic, SAE 0W-20 and 0W-50 oils that boost start-up and protect components from friction and hot and cold temperatures. Both product ranges prevent sludge buildup and deliver high-temperature stability. The oils are aimed at cars driven in GT, drift, sprint, stock car, rally, formula, drag racing and amateur motorsports. Web:

Eneos Racing motor oils.
Dash to the finish line.

Tough Grease from B’laster
B’laster Corp. released a range of greases for automotive, agricultural, construction, industrial, marine and mining applications. The company’s PB penetrating grease can be used in rusted areas to provide lubrication as it penetrates the corroded segments. Its two lithium complex greases provide general purpose lubrication as well as extreme pressure and high-temperature protection to components, and its heavy-duty calcium sulfonate grease contains extreme pressure additives to function in severe operating conditions. The company also released a calcium sulfonate grease specifically for marine environments. The PB penetrating grease is available as a cartridge, aerosol spray, brush top tub and squeeze tube, while the four traditional greases are available as cartridges. Web:

B'laster PB penetrating grease range.
For all your grease needs.

Boost Field Analysis
Spectro Scientific’s FieldLab 58 has been upgraded with and X-ray fluorescence module and a filter to improve detection of wear metals in oil. The portable, battery-powered device provides fast and comprehensive oil analysis of 13 wear elements in field applications using X-ray fluorescence for elemental analysis; a filter particle qualifier pore blockage particle counter; an infrared spectrometer and a kinematic viscometer, the company says. The oil analysis can immediately be carried out on-site, eliminating the need to send samples to a laboratory. “Results from the FieldLab 58 are invaluable in determining signs of contamination, abnormal wear, or lubricant conditions that can result in downtime or cause failure of high-value machinery assets,” Spectro Scientific adds. Web:

Spectro Scientific’s FieldLab 58.
Upgraded metal detection.

Control Rust
Lockhart Chemical launched a rust preventative additive suitable for food grade applications. Counter Rust CA-407 additive is a highly overbased calcium sulfonate that provides corrosion protection, detergency and dispersant properties to various lubricant formulations, the company says. It can also be used as part of the thickener system for calcium sulfonate greases used in food processing equipment. The product is available in drums, totes and bulk containers, has received Kosher approval and is registered as NSF International HX-1 for use in formulating H1 lubricants. Web:

Contain Harsh Substances
Safe handling of corrosive chemicals an additives is the goal behind Komax Systems’ triple action static mixers. The products are made from carbon steel, fiberglass, stainless steel and PVC and lined with polyvinylidene fluoride resin or polytetrafluoroethylene to stand up to the corrosive effects of concentrated acids and aggressive chemicals, the company states. The mixers are equipped with a flow straightener to eliminate downstream centrifugal effects and have the ability to sustain up to four mixing elements for different types of line-size and pressure drop mixing. The static mixers can be configured with multiple ports, grooved and plain end fittings and other mixing elements. Web:

October 2017

Tackle LSPI
Amsoil is confronting low-speed pre-ignition in turbocharged and direct injection engines with a new formulation of its Signature Series-branded synthetic motor oil. The product increases engine protection against loss of horsepower and wear by lubricating components with metal-to-metal contact such as pistons and cams, the company boasts. The oil also defends engine parts against sludge formation, improves thermal stability during cold start-up and lowers oil consumption for extended drain intervals of up to 25,000 miles, Amsoil claims. The motor oil comes in seven viscosities—SAE 0W-20, 0W-40, 5W-20, 0W-30, 5W-30, 10W-30 and 5W-50— and meets General Motor’s Dexos specification on LSPI protection. Web:

Amsoil Signature Series
Put the brakes on LSPI.

Improved Greasing
Plugging in a grease gun is now a by-gone task with Lumax’s RoboLuber. The heavy-duty cordless grease gun runs on a 20-volt lithium-ion battery up to a maximum operating pressure of 10,000 psi, the company says. When fully charged, it delivers up to six cartridges of grease with a flow rate of 7 ounces at normal pressure and 2.8 ounces at high pressure. The RoboLuber also features an integrated LED light to help find hidden grease points, a built-in pressure relief valve to reduce wear and tear on the grease gun, a 100 to 240-volt fast charger and two battery packs. Web:

Lumax RoboLuber
Battery-powered greasing.

Oxea Gets Halal Certification
Oxea Corp.’s pelargonic acid is now compliant with Islamic requirements for food preparation. Chemically known as n-nonanoic acid, the compound is used as an intermediate in various applications, such as the production of high-performance synthetic lubricant esters. The acid is colorless, has low odor and is soluble in ether and alcohols, and represents a low-cost alternative to fatty acids including caprylic (C8) and capric acid (C10), the company says. “For the certification, we established a HACCP [Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points] system, just as we would have needed it for a foodstuff approval,” noted Christoph Balzarek, commercial business director for carboxylic acids at Oxea. The company’s product and manufacturing processes have been audited and certified by Islamic Services of America, a Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based food safety certification organization. Web:

Ecstar Rolls Out in India
Suzuki passenger car drivers in India can count on improved engine performance with the company’s Ecstar genuine motor oils, recently launched in the country through subsidiary Maruti Suzuki India. The product range includes fully synthetic SAE 0W-20, 5W-30 and 10W-30 gasoline engine oils, SAE 0W-30 C2, 5W-30 C2 and 5W-30 C4 diesel engine oils and three SAE 10W-40 four-stroke motorcycle oils. The company did not specify which oils will be released in the market first. The motor oils reduce friction, enhance engine cleanliness by preventing sludge formation and deposit buildup, and provide thermal stability for the engines in extreme cold and high load conditions, the company boasts. The oil formulations also provide higher fuel economy, Maruti adds. The range of Ecstar products—which include an injector cleaner, an automatic transmission oil, coolant and other cleaning products—will be available through Maruti’s recently opened Nexa Service workshops. Web:

Ecstar motor oil
Boost engine protection.

Restrain Oil Spills
Accidental falls and slips caused by spills can now be prevented with SpillTech’s Floor Grabber absorbent mat. The polypropylene mat has a polyester adhesive backing that sticks tightly and flatly on the floor, but can be easily removed for replacement or relocation, the company assures. Its top layer absorbs leaks, drips and spills of oil, solvents, coolant or water around machinery, as well as dirt and moisture from foot traffic. The mat comes in the form of pads and rolls, which can be cut to fit specific areas in a facility. Web: 

Spilltech Floor Grabber
Protect slip-prone areas.

Faster Filling
ProSys Servo Filling Systems released its in-line cartridge filling system for accurate and accelerated filling of plastic, fiber or metal cartridges with greases, adhesives and sealants. The equipment allows for compact, automated filling of 10-, 14- and 30-ounce cartridges with speed of up to 140 cartridges per minute, the company says. The design allows for horizontal loading and unloading, easy maintenance and features vertical bottom-up, high-speed servo filling and optional reject stations, ProSys expands. The device can also be upgraded to allow for additive mixing. Web: 

Lumax grease coupler.
Optimized cartridge handling.

Cleaner Oil Changes
Car owners with a do-it-yourself mentality can now lose the mess with Valvoline’s easy pour engine oil bottle. The packaging features a pull-tab, a spout that provides more accurate pouring, an anti-glug tube and a non-slip resealable overcap that snaps closed to prevent spillage, the oil blender says. Its centralized handle makes for simplified pick up, carrying and one-handed pouring. Valvoline adds that the new bottles are color-coded for differentiating between products and also have a streamlined labeling system that prominently displays the product information and oil grade on the front and a comparison that helps determine the right oil. The packaging has been rolled out for Valvoline’s range of fully-synthetic, high mileage and conventional engine oils. Web:  

Valvoline Easy Pour bottle range
No more drips. 

Curtail Equipment Downtime
Minimize component failure and unplanned maintenance expenses with Graco’s new A4000 reciprocating oil and grease pump. Part of the LubePro line of automatic lubrication pumps, the high-capacity, single-line parallel pump provides higher lube output in fast lubrication cycles, optimally lubricating machinery while it’s running, the company boasts. The product features an integrated vent that automatically relieves pressure, a shatter-resistant reservoir, low-level detection to ensure accurate calibration and is compatible with a number of Graco’s GL series of oil injectors. The pump can be used for a number of applications in agricultural, construction, mining and heavy-duty equipment manufacturing. Web:

MiniLab EL equipment.
Improved lubrication.

September 2017 

Steady Riding
Twin Power USA launched a line of lubricants for V-twin engine motorcycles. Twin Power Lubricants includes four motor oils (SAE 25W-60, 10W-40, 20W-50 and synthetic SAE 20W-50), an oil and a gear lube for transmissions, a primary chain lube and a fork oil. The company says its engine oils protect motorcycle components against corrosion, sludge and varnish buildup. The primary chain lube reduces clutch drag and extends the life of chains and sprockets, while the fork oil minimizes cavitation with antifoaming and antiwear characteristics for heavier loads. The transmission oil resists viscosity breakdown and promotes smooth shifting, and the gear lube protects gears and bearings in cold weather to reduce start-up drag, ease shifting and improve lube flow to bearings, the company says. The oils meet various specifications including API CI-4, API SL and JASO MA2, and are available in the United States. Web:

Twin Power V-Twin lubricants.
Rev up.

Comprehensive Analysis
Faster, simpler oil analysis is the aim of Spectro Scientific's MiniLab EL series of measurement tools and software. The equipment can be used for testing wear, fluid contamination and oil condition in aircraft, automotive and railway engines using a 5-milliliter sample, with no solvents or chemicals required before measurement, the company says. Available tests include elemental analysis, viscosity, oil chemistry, fuel dilution and total ferrous wear, and can be expanded to include trace metal detection of up to 31 elements as well as coolant and fuel analyses. The MiniLab can be placed on a regular table top in engine test rooms, production environments and even office spaces without special installation, and measures up to 36 parameters from ASTM International. Web:

MiniLab EL equipment.
Trace contaminants.

Power European Engines
Volkswagen and Porsche engines can count on the protection of Elf Lubricants' Evolution-branded SAE 0W-20 engine oil. The low-viscosity oil meets the Euro VI standard for low-sulfur, ash and phosphorus and is formulated for post-treatment systems in European gasoline and diesel automobiles to reduce emissions, provide higher detergency and improve deposit dispersion for engine cleanliness, Elf says. The oil defends engines against wear, oxidation and friction at high operating temperatures and pressures while raising fuel economy. Web:

Evolution Full Tech VSX 0W-20 motor oil.
Low vis for Europe.

Chill Components
Difficult machining processes can be simplified with Zeller-Gmelin’s most recent cooling lubricant offering. The company’s Zubora 65 H Ultra metalworking fluid is a water miscible, semi-synthetic product that can be used in severe cutting operations to process steel, stainless steel, cast iron, aluminum and aluminum alloys. The boron-free formulation is blended with extreme pressure additives to handle high-cutting speeds and increase component life, has high-polarity and defends metal surfaces and tools against corrosion, the manufacturer reports. The fluid lacks bactericides, formaldehyde release agents and inhibits the formation of secondary amines and nitrites into stable nitrosamines. Web:

Metalworking operation.
Cut through machining challenges.

Wash Rust Away
Rust and deposits have no place on metal surfaces with Milacron’s Cimclean cleaners and Cimguard corrosion preventatives for metal cleaning and metal forming applications. The Cimclean industrial cleaners include a high-pressure spray alkaline cleaner to control foam and corrosion; an immersion spray cleaner to manage rust and increase machine cooling sump performance; and a maintenance cleaner and disinfectant to clean machine tools before applying metalworking fluid, the company states. The Cimguard rust preventatives include a water based formulation for ferrous metals that provides indoor protection to parts for up to 30 days, as well as three solvent based products for multiple metals that provide indoor protection from one month up to two years. Web:

Cimcool oil drum.
Parts stay clean.

Ease Lube Management
Lumax has new dispensers, fluid extractors and a grease coupler to ease lubricant application in automotive, off-road, industrial and marine equipment. The four syringe-type fluid dispensers, in capacities of 7, 15, 34 and 50 ounces, can be used to extract or inject brake fluids, gear oils, power steering fluids and other lubes and chemicals in small reservoirs prior to oil bleeding, fluid changes and repairs, the company says. Its four fluid extractors—two manual and two with both manual and pneumatic capability—are ideal for extracting brake and transmission fluid, engine oil, gear oil and water in all-terrain vehicles, watercrafts, farm equipment, gearboxes, snowmobiles and more, Lumax adds. The grease coupler can be mounted to grease guns and bulk grease pumps to enable hands-free greasing in small spaces. The products are available in the United States. Web:

Lumax grease coupler.
Hassle-free fluid handling.

Control Deposits
Lubrizol is tackling deposit buildup in landfill applications with its new SG9L60 additives. These zinc-free, low ash products for four-stroke stationary gas engines reduce the amount of siloxanes in landfill equipment, the company says. The products address siloxane concentration in gas-powered equipment by controlling the size of silica particles so they stay dispersed in the oil instead of reaching engine parts. In addition, the additives provide wear protection, lower oil consumption and extend top-end overhaul intervals to minimize equipment downtime and repair costs, the manufacturer boasts. The products are compliant with REACH. Web:

Fuchs Measures Up with Scania
Fuchs Petrolub’s SAE 5W-30 engine oil was recently approved by Scania for its heavy-duty vehicles with LDF-4 specification. The oil reduces wear, protects after-treatment systems and offers longer drain intervals in Scania’s diesel automotive engines, as well as extending the life of vehicles’ diesel particulate filters, the lube manufacturer says. It has high-temperature stability to improve fuel economy and low-temperature performance for cold start-up. It shows minimal evaporation loss that allows for reduced deposits on turbochargers and other engine components, Fuchs adds. The Titan Cargo-branded motor oil is available in 5-, 20-, 205- and 1,000-liter containers or in bulk; meets ACEA specs, API CJ-4, Euro VI emissions standards and Caterpillar’s ECF-3 specification; and has approvals from other truck manufacturers such as Volvo, Renault and MAN. Web:

August 2017

Drive Out Emissions
A new heavy-duty engine oil additive from Chevron Oronite improves emissions control and fuel economy in off-road applications. OLOA 61011 is formulated with viscosity and friction modifiers to deliver wear and corrosion protection, clean pistons and defend heavy-duty and light-duty commercial vehicles against corrosion in high or low temperatures, the company notes. It also enhances cold startup performance. The product is available in SAE 10W-30 and SAE 10W-40 grades and meets Euro VI emissions requirements, in addition to emissions standards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the European Union, The additives are currently available in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Web:

Varnish-Free Oil
Fluitec International launched two turbine oils that control deposits to prevent varnish formation. The ISO 32 and ISO 46 viscosity grade Infinity-branded oils improve valve performance with their air release properties, suppress foam, provide better filterability and protect compressors and gas, steam and wind turbines against rust and corrosion. The company claims that the products remove varnish-producing deposits to eliminate the need for mitigation equipment, reducing downtime, operational problems such as trips or fail-starts and issues on turbine bearings, servo valves, hydrogen seals, heat exchangers and other components. The products meet original equipment manufacturer specifications from General Electric and Alsom, and are available worldwide. Web:

Stabilize Fluids
Emery Oleochemicals added a high-temperature-stable ester to its biobased lubricant offering. Dehylub 4105 is a synthetic ester derived from renewable raw materials that can be used as a base fluid or a lubricity additive to provide hydrolytic and high- or low-temperature stability, the company says. It has a flash point above 280 degrees C, a pour point of -40 C and shows low volatility in operating temperatures of 180 to 250 C. As a base fluid, it can be blended to make chain oils for applications such as lifting chains for cranes, sluice gates, forklifts, forges, rolling mills and conveyors. It can also be used in two-stroke motorcycle engine oils, gear oils and greases. When used as an additive, the product performs as a lubricity booster in straight oil and emulsifiable metalworking fluids, the company adds. Dehylub 4105 is available commercially in Europe and in sample quantities in North America and Asia-Pacific. Web:

Gear oil.
Go high or low.

Exact Greasing
Graco released an automatic lubrication system to supply grease to components of trucking and off-highway applications. The electric grease jockey features a pump with integrated controls to provide the system’s status and a sensor to alert operators when lubricant is low. “We engineered an impact, UV and chemical-resistant system that is protected from motor burnout and provides valuable feedback to fleet managers while reliably and consistently delivering NLGI grade 2 grease,” said Dan Jensen, global product manager for Graco’s lubricant equipment division. The company boasts that the product improves component life compared to manual lubrication, supplies fresh grease to reduce equipment downtime and saves on routine lubrication and repair costs. Web:

Graco Electric Grease Jockey
Keep fleets greased.

Mobil Goes to India
ExxonMobil rolled out a fully synthetic oil in India for gasoline and diesel engines. Mobil Super 3000 is an SAE 5W-30 formulation that protects engines at high and low temperatures, which makes it suitable for driving in the country’s various weather conditions, the company says. The oil improves cold-startup, enhances engine cleanliness, protects against wear and prevents sludge buildup. The motor oil meets ACEA A5/B5 and A1/B1, API SL and SN and two Ford specifications, and is available in one-liter and three-liter bottles. Web:

Mobil Super 3000
Drive through heat and cold.

Catch Grease Particles
The FerroCheck Magnetometer 2000 from Spectro Scientific can now measure wear particles in grease. FerroCheck 2100 detects up to 15 percent of ferrous debris in grease samples when the magnetic field it generates is disrupted by particulates, the company explains. The device includes a sampling boat to collect a grease measurement of less than 1 millimeter for analysis, which is available within 30 seconds and does not require solvents, sample preparation or specialized training. The magnetometer measures ferrous content from nanometers to millimeters in size caused by normal machine operation and abnormal wear, the company adds. The instrument can be used in both field and laboratory settings and generates data to support condition monitoring programs for engines and machinery in automotive and industrial applications. Web:

FerroCheck Magnetometer 2000 with grease boat.
Halt wear.

July 2017

Champion Flexes its Muscles
This fall, muscle car drivers can take advantage of Champion Brands’ new slate of SAE 5W-30, 0W-40 and 5W-50 motor oils that increase fuel economy, protect and clean engines, reduce wear and minimize viscosity breakdown. The company reports it will also launch a semi-synthetic SAE 10W-40 racing motor oil for dragsters, sprint cars, midgets and pulling vehicles, which reduces operating temperature, offers viscosity stability at high temperatures and protects flat tappet cams, roller cams, upper cylinders and bearings from wear. The oils can be used in turbocharged street car and truck engines, supercharged gasoline engines and multi-valve, fuel-injected engines. The oils meet API SN and Dexos1 specifications. Web:

Champion Brands Modern Muscle motor oils.
Oils muscle in.

Tough Cleaning
Operators can clean and degrease work sites, tools and machinery with a new degreaser from WD-40. The industrial-strength cleaner and degreaser is a non-aerosol water based spray that removes grease, oil, dirt and grime from copper, aluminum and chrome surfaces. The product emits low odor and is made with solvents that make it biodegradable, the company reports. The degreaser is part of WD-40’s specialist line of products and is available at retailers in the United States in 24- and 32-ounce bottles, one- and five-gallon containers and a 55-gallon drum. Web:

WD-40 Industrial-Strength Cleaner and Degreaser
Spray grime away.

Flush Away Impurities
Hydrotex helps food processors clean and flush equipment during fluid changes and after equipment breakdown or repairs. Majestic 800 food-grade system flush is an ISO 46, high solvency synthetic lubricant that removes debris from tools and other materials and protects against contaminants from previous fluids in gearboxes, processors, bearings, chain drives, rotary lobe blowers, as well as hydraulic and centralized lubrication systems, the company says. The product flushes out residue in all components, including coat lines and containers, that can cause cross-contamination with new fluids. The H1-registered flush is compatible with conventional and synthetic fluids including paraffinic, naphthenic, PAO and esters and is available in different sizes of totes, drums, kegs, pails and jugs. Web:

Majestic 800 system flush
Food flush.

Ducati Races with Shell
Shell oil now protects Ducati road bikes, as part of a renewed technical partnership between the Dutch oil major and the Italian manufacturer. Shell Advance Ducati is a co-branded formulation of Shell’s fully synthetic Advance Ultra SAE 15W-50 oil for four-stroke motorcycle engines. The product protects gearboxes, clutches and other components from wear, keeps pistons clean, reduces noise and vibration in the engine and defends parts from high-temperature conditions, the company boasts. The oil also prevents accumulation of dirt and impurities that can lead to deposits. The product is available exclusively at Ducati aftermarket dealers in Italy, the United States and Canada. Web:

Shell Advance Ducati motor oil
Leave deposits out.

Shield Metal Surfaces
Wipe out wear and friction damage with BASF’s Breox 60 D polyalkylene glycol base stocks, distributed by Sea-Land Chemical. The water-soluble products reduce wear, have low foaming tendency and resist oxidation and high shear conditions, in addition to leaving minimal deposits, BASF states on its website. PAGs are biodegradable, making them ideal for environmentally sensitive applications requiring metalworking fluids, gear, bearing and compressor lubricants. Sea-Land adds that the products have improved friction reduction compared to hydrocarbon base stocks when tested in mini traction machines, leading to energy savings for operators. The Breox PAGs are available for different markets in a range of viscosity grades, and are being reviewed by NSF International for registration as HX-1 ingredients for lubricants safe for incidental contact with food. Web:

Optimized wear resistance.

June 2017

Cruise Against Deposits
Shell Marine improved its Shell Argina and Shell Gadinia trunk piston engine oils for medium-speed engines to address increasing emissions regulations in the marine market. The company says both oils have improved base number retention and viscosity control to decrease oxidation, which can lead to deposits and contaminate the lubricant. In addition, the oils help to avoid sludge formation and have increased detergency to keep pistons and crankcases clean. The Shell Argina range includes four grades including the BN20 Argina S2 for residual, blended and distillate fuels and the BN55 Argina for extra protection from deposits and extended oil life. Gadinia S3 oil controls lubricant consumption in modern engines using distillate fuels. Web:

B’laster Goes Global
B’laster Corp. is expanding into Mexico and Canada with automotive and industrial lubricants. South of the U.S. border, the company released its PB penetrant, which breaks through rust and corrosion on immobilized parts, and its PB-50 multipurpose lube formulated with polytetrafluoroethylene to reduce friction on moving parts, repel moisture and prevent rust and corrosion, the company says. Both products are available at AutoZone retailers in the country. Up north, B’laster expanded its range of lubricants and greases for food-grade, automotive and industrial applications at Canadian Tire and Home Depot locations. Web:

Particles Can’t Hide
Detect wear elements in lubricants with a new oil analysis instrument from Micromem Technologies. The company says its portable RT-Lube Analyzer provides real-time, on-site detection of 13 types of wear particles through automatic sampling on a pre-scheduled basis instead of sending a manual sample to a laboratory, the company says. The data is then sent to a cloud storage system for analytics, allowing for flexible communication of the results. The Toronto-based company’s initial focus is to measure wear-causing elements in wind turbine gearboxes, but claims the RT-Lube Analyzer can also detect particles in power transformer insulating fluids or carryover of chemicals on product surfaces. Web:

RT-Lube Analyzer
Hunt down wear.

Lay Off Rust
Functional Products’ Functional CI 427 is a colorless antiwear additive and corrosion inhibitor for use in industrial machinery where incidental food contact may occur. It is an amine salt of an alkyl phosphate and is soluble in synthetic esters, white oils, biobased oils and polyalphaolefins, the company states. It has a flash point of 100 degrees Celsius (212 F), a pH of 8.0 to 9.5 and a treat rate between 0.1 and 0.5 percent to defend surfaces from rust. The CI 427 is compatible with antioxidants, viscosity improvers and other additives, and is registered with NSF International as an HX-1 and HX-2 component. Web:

Beat the Scorch
Dow Corning released its Molykote G-900X range of greases for high-temperature conditions in automotive, industrial and chemical applications. The G-9000 and G-9001 silicone-based greases maintain their lubricity in extreme heat without sacrificing low-temperature performance, the company claims. The products have thermal stability between -35 and 220 degrees Celsius, resist corrosion, can be formulated with various types of thickeners and are compatible with the majority of plastics and elastomers, the company claims. Both greases can be used in high-temperature bearings and in equipment and parts in automotive, tire and injection molding, metal processing and cardboard manufacturing. Web:

Dispel Foam
Sea-Land Chemical announced it will distribute Blackburn Chemicals' line of Dispelair foam controlling agents for metalworking fluids. The products can be used in fully synthetic and semi-synthetic fluids or conventional soluble oils. A range of eight anti-foaming products provide stability in metalworking fluid concentrates with low residue formation and no particles after screening through a 400 micron aperture screen. The company claims its product line offers good stability in fluid concentrates and improved emulsion stability in harsh water. Blackburn suggests a dose rate of 0.25 to 0.5 percent. Web:

Handle Heavy Loads
Heavy loads are no match for bearing manufacturer NTN-SNR’s heavy duty, high load grease. The product, which is the company’s first offering of its kind in the Middle East and Africa, can withstand temperatures from -25 degrees to 140 degrees Celsius. Created for automotive or industrial bearings used in gearboxes, crushers, conveyors, truck wheel hubs and railway applications, NTN-SNR boasts its new product is highly resistant to water ingress, friction and corrosion. Mineral Circles Bearings, an automotive bearings specialist in the United Arab Emirates, is the official product distributor for the Middle East and Africa. Web:

Ghana Gets New Oils
Designed to keep up with the fast-paced technological trends and growing needs of Ghanaian vehicle users, Total Ghana added Total Quartz Ineo MC3 and Ineo Long Life motor oils to its product line. The fully synthetic SAE 5W-30 viscosity oils are formulated for turbocharged and direct injection gasoline and diesel engines, as well as engines equipped with post-treatment systems to protect anti-pollutant devices, the company says. Total Ghana boasts that the oils reduce friction caused by piston movement in the cylinder sleeve, lower emissions, extend drain intervals and operate in sports driving, repeated start-ups, city and motorway driving conditions. The oils meet API SN and CF, ACEA C3 and Euro V standards. Web:

Motorcycles Stay in Shape
Amsoil’s synthetic motorcycle oil line has grown with the addition of a synthetic V-Twin motorcycle oil. The SAE 15W-60, full synthetic motor oil is equipped with additive an package to reduce wear and prevent oxidation under all conditions, and offers improved clutch engagement while preventing slippage and glazing, the company says. The oil is catalytic converter-compatible and possesses thermal stability, resists breakdown and delivers rust and corrosion protection to motorcycle parts in storage, in humidity conditions or on short drives. Amsoil claims its oil performs like a gear lube by avoiding the negative effects of extreme pressure additives with its thinning-resistant, shear stable formula. The motorcycle oil meets API SM, JASO MA and ILSAC GF-4 specifications. Web:

Amsoil's synthetic V-Twin motorcycle oil
Ride on.

Access Engine Oil Data
The Institute of Materials launched a database with over ten years of engine oil data from around the world. The online resource has information on engine oils tested with over 30 industry standards that can be turned into reports by geographic region or configured into a custom data set, the company says. The regional databases have information for engine oil formulations and trends in the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Africa and Europe, while the custom data sets can filter engine oil information by year, brand name, supplier, SAE viscosity grade, service class, oil type, engine type, country or region, IOM adds. The engine oil data can be used to compare competitor properties, audit motor oil blend consistency, monitor formulation changes, assess oil quality in the marketplace, and as a reference for technical or marketing presentations, the company boasts. The reports are available for purchase at IOM’s website. Web:

IOM homepage
Engine oil trends just a click away.

Consult the Experts
ExxonMobil has the answers grease lubrication questions in a series of educational videos for industrial and commercial equipment operators. “The Grease Experts” videos feature two of the company’s grease formulators, Chris Decker and Toby Hlade, who answer questions from real operators on topics such as grease color, viscosity, consistency and re-greasing frequency, the company says. Operators can submit their grease-related questions to the video series’ website. Pat Kelly, industrial grease marketing advisor at ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants, said that grease is one of the subjects about which field experts receive the most questions, and the series was made “to help provide these insights so operators can optimize their lubrication program.” Web:

Screenshot of one of the Grease Experts videos.
Answers to all your grease questions.

Face Any Terrain
Red Line synthetic oil from Phillips 66 offers a motor oil, a gear oil and a lubrication kit for all-terrain and utility task vehicles manufactured by Polaris Industries. The 10W-50 viscosity engine oil offers wear protection, ring seal, an extended drain interval and engine cleanliness to Polaris’ UTV models, the lube maker boasts, while its gear oil lubricates transmissions, chain cases and clutch plates to resist oil breakdown for extended periods of operation in variable temperatures. Red Line also released the UTV/ATV 10W-50 PowerPack lube kit, which contains three quarts of the engine oil, two quarts of the gear oil, a bottle of fuel system cleaner for power sport applications, a water wetter and a funnel. The products are available at Red Line dealers in the United States and distributors such as Tucker Rocky and Western Power Sports. Web:

Red Line 10W-50 powersports motor oil.
Red Line UTV/ATV gearcase oil.
UTV/ATV 10W-50 PowerPack lube kit.
Power through wear.

Bel-Ray Expands Products
Bel-Ray released new products for mining equipment and food industry applications. The multipurpose Molylube SF100 open gear and rope lubricant reduces wear, improves water resistance, protects against rust and corrosion, and increases protection in extreme pressure conditions. The aerosol lubricant resists fling-off and slinging when sprayed on open gears, girth gears, racks, pinions, bushings, wire ropes, cables, drive chains and sliding surfaces found in equipment such as draglines, shovels, mills, and stationary and mobile cranes, the company expands. In addition, the manufacturer released No-Tox Ultra F multipurpose mineral oil based lubricants that protect hydraulic systems, gear cases, chains, compressors, bearings, and circulating systems from wear, rust and corrosion. The products are available in six different viscosities and are NSF H1 registered for incidental contact with food. Web:

Molylube SF100 open gear and rope lubricant
Turn away rust.

Precise Pouring
Smurfit Kappa introduced an environmentally friendly packaging for motor oils. The bag-in-box package has a reinforced, flex cracking-resistant nylon and polyethylene bag that protects and conserves oil, facilitates pouring and reduces spillage, the company notes. The bag prevents oil particles from migrating and keeps odor from getting out; once it has been used, it can be discarded easily and the cardboard box can be recycled, the company adds. The packaging uses 85 percent less material than plastic bottles and significantly reduces the amount of space used during transport and stacking, the company reports. Web:

Smurfit Kappa's Bag-in-Box package
Save packaging and space.

Clean Out Soot
Dieselcraft spun out a centrifuge to catch contaminants that lead to soot in marine and industrial engine oils. The product generates centrifugal force through engine oil pressure at 6,000 revolutions per minute, to remove dirt and wear-inducing particles from the oil and keep the flow constant compared to a filter, which can plug after removing deposits, the company points out. The centrifuge eliminates particles less than one micron in size by slinging them to the inside walls of the rotor, easing cleanup. The company claims that the centrifuge provides extended oil drain intervals and reduces filter replacement and disposal costs. Web:

Dieselcraft 500 Centrifuge
Spin cycle for oils.

Cool Down
Zeller-Gmelin developed a range of lubricants for rotary swaging machines. The Multipress RK 20 and RK 15 are chlorine free, mineral oil based fluids that offer cooling capabilities during rotary swaging, a type of cold forming process that reduces the cross-section on metal rods and pipes. The metalworking fluids have sulfur and phosphorus extreme pressure additives, protect parts against corrosion, reduce tool wear and are suitable for all metals except aluminum, which the company recommends be treated with the fully synthetic Multipress AL 40. The products can be used in rotary swaging machines that make steering, engine, and powertrain and chassis metal components for the automotive sector. Web:

Rotary swaging machine.
Shape up components.

Milacron Expands Process Oils
Milacron has new process oils for slideway lubricants, hydraulic fluids and gear oils. The Milpro Way oils are four clear-colored process oils that reduce friction and stick-slip on machine tool slideways, the company says. They also have extreme pressure additive to reduce metal-to-metal wear and lubricate all plain bearing slideways regardless of table load or way speed. Milpro Hy lubes are three hydraulic oils that transmit power, lubricate and protect gear systems from rust, while the four Milpro Gear process oils cool and protect differential gears and standard transmissions in industrial machinery from oxidation, extreme temperature and pressure conditions as well as wear, pitting, spalling, scoring and scuffing damage. Web:

Milpro process oil.
Process oils for all applications.

Run Down Wear
Liqui Moly rolled out a motor oil for ATVs, quads and side-by-side vehicles. The SAE 5W-50, fully synthetic oil protects air and water cooled four-stroke engines exposed to contaminants and high loads during off-road sports. The product, tested on engines with catalytic converters, prevents the buildup of dirt and dust on components such as clutches and gear shifts to provide engine cleanliness, friction and wear control and rapid oil delivery at low temperatures, the company adds. The oil meets API SN and JASO MA2 standards, and is available in Europe in one-, four- and 20-liter bottles. Web:

Liqui-Moly ATV oils.
For the off-road journey.

Exmark Rolls into Grease
Exmark wants to help keep your lawn in top shape. Its grease for lawn mower components is a synthetic oil based lithium grease for use in equipment facing low and high temperature conditions, in addition to heavy loads and high speeds, the company says. The grease offers high structural stability, water washout resistance, wear and rust protection for wheel bearings, steering linkages, ball joints and chassis lube points, among others. The grease is available in the United States. Web:

Exmark lithium grease.
Get greener lawns.

Phillips 66 Hops the Pond
Phillips 66 launched four motor oils for the European market. The company’s Shield Euro-Tech and Euro-Tech+ are two fully synthetic passenger car motor oils blended in the United States for gasoline and diesel engines, respectively, of European manufacturers such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Porsche. The oils provide oxidation resistance, thermal stability at high temperatures to protect against viscosity breakdown and deposit formation, lower volatility to reduce fuel consumption and low temperature pumpability for faster startup at cold temperatures, the company says. In addition, the lube marketer released the GT-1 Euro and Euro+ under its Kendall motor oil brand, which provide the same performance parameters as its Shield offerings. Web:

Shield Euro-Tech and Euro-Tech+ engine oils.
Meet Europe’s standards.

Drown Fire Hazards
Condat developed a range of API Group III base oil-formulated quenching oils for use in open tanks, batch furnaces, vacuum furnaces and continuous furnaces. The Therma fluids are available as cold, semi-hot and warm oils for lubricating springs, bearings, fastening components, forged parts, car parts, pinion shafts and gears in these applications, the company says. The oils operate in temperatures between 30 and 190 degrees Celsius and show strong resistance to oxidation and cracking; decreased sulfur and aromatic compounds that allow lower toxicity, odor and smoke; minimized levels of sludge to diminish pressure on filtration systems and a higher flash point to reduce risk of fires and improve operator safety, the company boasts. Web:

Therma quenching fluids.
Cool it.

Light the Way
Liquid Wrench shines a light on lubrication needs with its Pro-Penetrant and Lubricant with FlashSight. The product has a built-in LED light above the spray nozzle that increases visibility for customers working in low-light environments, such as under a car or in a crawl space. The semi-synthetic, anti-seize lubricant offers corrosion protection, reduces friction and wear, loosens rust and grease, and displaces moisture on parts such as nuts, bolts, locks, hinges, pipe fittings, fans, blowers and ignition and electrical wires, the company states. It is also safe to use on painted surfaces, plastic and rubber. The lubricant is available in 11-ounce spray cans at AutoZone retail stores in the United States. Web:

Mechanic using Liquid Wrench's Pro-Penetrant and Lubricant with FlashSight
Let there be light.

Grease Up
Optimize industrial and heavy equipment performance with Klondike Lubricants’ new fully synthetic nanoparticle grease. The product is made with tungsten disulfide that protects sliding, rolling and spinning metal components under extreme pressure conditions. The company claims that the grease performs in ultra-low and high temperatures between -270 to 450 degrees Celsius, as well as high load, high rotating speed, high radiation and corrosive operating conditions. Klondike boasts that the Full Synthetic EP-1.5 Grease extends maintenance intervals and equipment life and minimizes downtime and energy consumption. The product is available in Canada and comes in various packaging sizes. Web:

Klondike's Full Synthetic EP-1.5 Grease line
No crevice left uncovered.

Release Air from Oil
Stanhope-Seta launched a testing device to identify air release properties of lubricants. The Seta Air Release Value Apparatus determines how long hydraulic fluids and lubricating oils take to release air and gases, which can cause oxidation, deteriorate fluid performance and lead to equipment failure, the company says. The automated testing device has a main unit with an air heater, a pressure regulator and pressure gauge as well as a mounting clip for testing. It also has safety features such as a protective shield around the heated glass vessel where samples are tested, an exhaust filter system that extracts harmful fumes, an interlock to prevent heating when there’s no airflow and a cutout function to avoid overheating. The Seta ARV performs tests in accordance with ASTM, IP and ISO methods. Web:

Seta Air Release Value Apparatus
Full of air?

Additives Step Aside
Calumet has launched an additive-free transformer oil for the first time in company history. Caltran 60-00 Group U is made from naphthenic base oil and contains no antioxidant or corrosion inhibitor additives. The company boasts that the fully-miscible product provides superior oxidation stability at extreme temperatures, protects against corrosion and has cooling properties alongside its heat exchange properties. The product can be used in power generation equipment such as transformers and switchgears. Web:

Power generation equipment
Power keeps flowing.

May 2017

Curb Corrosion
Sea-Land Chemical is offering a corrosion inhibitor from Italmatch Chemicals in its portfolio of products for metalworking applications. The Rhodafac ASI is a phosphorus-based additive that prevents corrosion on ferrous and light metals, including aluminum, zinc, magnesium and other alloys. The product can be added to soluble and synthetic metalworking fluids, alkaline industrial cleaners, surface treatments and pigment dispersants for metal powders and oxides used in aqueous systems. Sea-Land boasts that the corrosion inhibitor is biodegradable, has a treat rate between 1 and 5 percent and shows thermal stability up to 350 degrees Celsius. Rhodafac is available in pure solid form and in diluted solutions with lower active content. Web:

Steel rolls
Surfaces stay rust-free.

Emerox Gets Ecolabel Approval
Emery Oleochemicals’ Emerox 1144 azelaic acid has been added to the European Comission’s Ecolabel LuSC-List. The product, a complexing agent for making lithium complex grease thickeners, meets stringent biodegradation, aquatic toxicity and renewability requirements from the EU Ecolabel. Azelaic acid shows benefits in grease such as higher dropping point, improved fretting wear and a simpler manufacturing process that saves time and lowers production costs compared to sebacic acid, the company claims. The product can be used for a variety of applications, including marine components that require environmentally acceptable lubricants meeting the Vessel General Permit standards. Web:

Greased bearing
Make greener greases.

Process Food Safely
B’laster Corp. added four food grade lubricants to its product slate. The Multi-Purpose Lubricant can be used in moving parts of food processing and handling equipment to prevent rust and corrosion, the company states. The Conveyor Track & Cable Lubricant is a silicone-based lube formulated with pressure additives to use on overhead doors and mechanisms, roller drives and conveyor equipment, offering long-lasting lubrication that leaves no residue and prevents accumulation of dust and dirt. The firm’s Silicone Lubricant minimizes wear from constant friction on most surfaces and protects rubber and plastic parts, while White Spray Grease is a low-odor grease that protects against rust, moisture and oxidation. The products are all registered with NSF International’s H1 standard for incidental contact with food. Web:

B'laster food grade lubricants
Conveyors keep rolling.

Effortless RV Care
WD-40 has expanded its 3-In-One product line to include two lubricants for recreational vehicles. The Slide-Out Silicone lube waterproofs the surfaces of slide-outs while lubricating and shields against corrosion and rust formation, preventing sticking and squeaking, the company boasts. The company’s Window and Tack Dry lube also protects against corrosion while decreasing friction and wear on window mechanisms. Both lubricants dry quickly to avoid contamination from dirt and debris, which can clog tracks over time, WD-40 adds. The lubes are available in 11- and 10-ounce spray can, respectively, and are sold in Walmart stores nationwide. Web:

Slide Out Silicone Lube from WD-40
Slide through the great outdoors.

Petronas Sprints into India
Motorcycle riders in India can extend the life of their bikes with Petronas Sprinta F900 motor oil. The product is a fully synthetic SAE 10W-40 viscosity oil that addresses high shear conditions resulting from mechanical stress and high temperatures in the engines, clutches and gearboxes of four-stroke motorcycles, the company boasts. The engine oil controls deposit buildup, resists oxidation, eliminates clutch slippage to improve performance and minimizes volatility to extend drain intervals, Petronas adds. Sprinta F900 is suitable for motorcycles, scooters and mopeds from Japanese, European and United States manufacturers and will be made available worldwide in phases through this year. Web:

Simplified Storage
Safely store lubricants, even in demanding environments. The OilSafe Satellite Lube Room from Whitmore is a self-contained steel structure for storing, dispensing and managing industrial lubricants. The space includes safety features such as spill drainage, a fire suppression tank and electrical shut-off. The company adds that structure can be customized or expanded with OilSafe’s Customizable Lubrication Work Center, Tote Dispensing Rack, Filter Cart and other structural components. The storage unit comes in sizes of 20 and 40 feet and can be easily transported on flatbed tow trucks or larger trailers. Web:

Chevron Reaches Vietnam
Chevron released its Delo 400 MGX heavy-duty diesel engine oil in the Vietnamese market. The product is an SAE 15W-40 viscosity, API CJ-4 motor oil for on- and off-highway applications using high- or low-sulfur diesel fuels. The oil disperses soot, controls deposits and protects against wear and corrosion, the company says. The product can be used in low emission diesel engines equipped with diesel particulate filters, selective catalytic reduction and exhaust gas recirculation, Chevron adds. It is also compatible with engines requiring API CI-4 Plus and CI-4 approved engine oils. Web:

Take on Heat
Axel Christiernsson launched a high-performing heavy duty grease, Calsullence 542 HQS Green, for industrial, mining and off-road applications. The grease is thickened with calcium sulfonate complex soap and made with semi-synthetic base oil to enhance thermal-oxidative stability at high temperatures while increasing mobility at low temperatures, the company states. The product stands up to harsh conditions including water ingress, corrosion and heavy loads. Axel boasts that this grease has extended life at high temperatures and exceeds NLGI GC LB specification requirements. Web:

Total, Nissan Pair Up
Total and Nissan in Vietnam partnered to launch Total Quartz NMV for Nissan vehicles. The SAE 10W-40, API SN engine oil provides oxidative stability, reduces friction and minimizes wear in pistons, clutches and other engine parts, says Total. Its additives provide high thermal stability, cleaner engines and lower fuel consumption, and is ideal for vehicles with direct injection technology and turbochargers. The oil is available at all 14 genuine Nissan 3S service centers in Vietnam. Web:

Europe Goes Light
Designed for the harsh, stop-start driving conditions found in cities, ExxonMobil released two product lines as part of its Mobil Delvac offering for European light commercial vehicles. The City Logistics line includes four SAE 5W-30 viscosity, fully synthetic engine oils for light commercial vehicle categories P, V, F and M, the company says, while its Light Commercial Vehicle product is a semi-synthetic, 10W-40 viscosity oil for E category vehicles. Both motor oils increase thermal-oxidative stability, control piston deposits, protect against wear, enhance low temperature pumpability and manage sludge, soot and filter pressure. ExxonMobil claims that these oils extend engine life and maintain fuel economy in gasoline and diesel engines of LCVs. Web:

Mobil Delvac for light commercial vehicles
Ride the city.

Decrease Equipment Failure
Orbitron released a fluid filtration system for applications in manufacturing, refining, mining, maritime shipping, power generation, paper mill and waste water treatment. The Orbitron 3000 is a compact unit with a 22-cell electrostatic filter that identifies microscopic contaminants in lubricants and eliminates them at a rate of five gallons per minute, the company boasts. The system purifies the lube first and then removes any deposit buildup accumulated over time, Orbitron claims. Benefits of the filtration system include reduced costs associated with purchasing oils and waste oil removal, extended equipment life, fewer machine shutdowns and minimized maintenance. Web:

Orbitron 3000
Machines stay in top shape.

Keep Motorcycles Roaring
Cepsa launched XTAR Moto and Cepsa Moto for two-wheelers in an effort to meet increasing technical requirements for modern two- and four-stroke engines with higher revolutions per minute. The fully synthetic XTAR Moto 4T and Cepsa Moto 4T oils offer protection to engine components, transmissions and clutches under high temperatures by providing thermal stability, minimizing wear and raising detergency to prevent dirt and deposit formation, the company claims. These oils come in SAE 5W-40, 10W-40, 10W-50, 15W-50, 20W-40 and 20W-50 viscosities. In addition, Cepsa’s mineral and synthetic oil-formulated two-stroke engine oils have increased lubricity, detergency and smoke reduction to decrease emissions and deposits. Both motorcycle oil lines can be used in mopeds, scooters, dirt bikes and ATVs and meet JASO MA and API SN standards. Web:

Cepsa's line of four-stroke motorcycle oils
Two wheels, no deposits.

April 2017

Power up Engines
Lubrizol aims to keep modern passenger cars from breaking down with its PV1119 additive technology for gasoline and turbocharged direct injection engines. The engine oil additive provides protection against low speed pre-ignition and premature chain wear, the company says, while meeting ILSAC GF-5’s requirements for durability and fuel economy. PV1119 maintains viscosity modifier interchangeability and broad base oil coverage, Lubrizol adds. According to Martin Birze, Lubrizol’s regional business manager of passenger car motor oils, the additives have proven protection against LSPI throughout the oil drain interval, an attribute the company bets will be appealing to original equipment manufacturers. Web:

Eliminate Oxidation
Stanhope-Seta released a device to determine a lubricant’s ability to separate from water. The Herschel Emulsifier is a benchtop instrument that tests water separation from oils and synthetic fluids. Its four individual stirrers with automatic raising and lowering allow for simultaneous or individual tests. Test cylinders are located in a temperature controlled bath with an adjustable set point of either 54 or 82 degrees Celsius, in accordance with ASTM and ISO test methods, the company adds. The product’s display gives audio and visual reminders at each recording interval, and its safety features include obstruction overrides, a sensor to alert of overheating and low liquid levels, and an emergency button to stop the test. Web:

Herschel Emulsifier
Split oil from water.

Eye the Packaging Line
Cognex Corp. has a new visual system to inspect packages in production lines. The In-Sight 7000 is a compact module with 400 different field configurations that adjust to production needs, the company says. The product features field-changeable lenses and optics with an autofocus function that reduce the need for external lighting. It also has colored lights, optical filters and polarizers that can be swapped to meet specific requirements. The In-Sight can be used for a variety of applications such as lubricants packaging, to inspect the fill level, quality and integrity of the package and correctness of the labely. Web:

Cognex In-Sight 7000
Precise container inspection.

Real-time Results
Trico Corporation has a new oil level monitor to identify equipment status and maintenance requirements in industrial and manufacturing applications. Sensei is a wireless monitoring system that transmits oil level, consumption and ambient temperature data for pumps, motors, gearboxes, fans and blowers that require consistent fluid levels, the company states. The product has three main components: an oil sensor, a router that securely transmits data to the cloud, and an intuitive web-based dashboard that receives information in real-time. The company adds that the Sensei helps to reduce inspection time, minimizes maintenance personnel visits to difficult access areas, shortens downtime of machinery and improves operational efficiency. Web:

Sensei oil level monitor
Sensei oil level monitor.

March 2017

WD-40 Launches Grease Line
For the first time in company history, WD-40 is adding greases to its product slate with its WD-40 Specialist Greases for automotive, agricultural, marine and construction equipment. The greases are interchangeable to prevent cross-contamination that may compromise performance, the company says, while protecting against corrosion, high temperatures and extreme conditions. The product line includes a multipurpose grease, two greases for improved load-carrying ability in heavy-duty trucks and a marine grade grease to protect trailer wheel bearings, trailer chassis, water pumps, anchor reels and outboard motors against rust. The products are available in the United States at Home Depot stores. Web:

WD-40 Specialist Greases
A grease for every need.

Lower Ash Deposits
Chevron released a new oil from its HDAX product line to reduce ash deposits in natural gas engines. HDAX 9200 is an SAE 40 ash dispersant engine oil that offers combustion chamber and piston deposit control, as well as reduction of sludge and wear in different engine parts, the company says. Its ash-reducing additives minimize pre-ignition and spark plug fouling in addition to improving oxidation and nitration resistance and protecting the engine from the effects of acidity, the company adds. The engine oil is suitable for high output, turbocharged, low-emission, four-cycle gas engines and is compatible with fuels low on sulfur and chlorofluorocarbons. Web:

SKF Eases Grease Application
Lubricating hard-to-reach industrial components can be simpler with SKF’s new MultiPoint Automatic Lubricator. The product features a reservoir with capacity of one liter, tubing and connectors to supply grease to bearings in industrial applications, off-road vehicles and agricultural equipment, the company says. The lubricator features a stirring paddle to prevent grease separation and is designed to resist vibration, equipment washdowns and contamination ingress. In addition, the product has alarms for low grease levels or equipment malfunction. The company adds that the lubricator functions in maximum operating pressure of 1,740 psi and in temperatures ranging from -25 to 70 degrees Celsius. Web:

SKF MultiPoint Automatic Lubricator.
Lubricate without hassle.

Castrol Revs Up Motorcycles
Castrol India launched an engine oil aimed at four-stroke cruiser and tourer motorcycles. Power1 Cruise is an SAE 15W-50 viscosity oil formulated to withstand heat and friction and control deposit formation to prevent engine power loss in the bike, the company says. The product protects clutch and gears of carbureted and fuel-injected motorcycles, Castrol adds. The oil complies with API SL and JASO MA2 standards, and Castrol recommends it for bikes from original equipment manufacturers such as Royal Enfield and Bajaj. Power1 is available in 2.5-liter bottles at auto repair stores and Castrol Bike Points. Web:

Boost European Engines
Liqui Moly developed two new engine oils to fulfill Euro 6 emissions standards. Top Tec 6100 and 6200 are formulated for BMW and Volkswagen passenger cars, respectively. The 6100 oil is an SAE 0W-30 viscosity motor oil that reduces volatility, friction and ash deposits to protect diesel particulate filters from dirt, the company says. The 6200 is a 0W-20 viscosity oil that defends engines from wear and deposits and offers oxidative stability in addition to longer drain intervals, the manufacturer adds. Both engine oils reduce emissions and increase fuel economy, but the company warns that they are only suitable for European engines and not conventional motors. Web:

Top Tec 6100 and 6200.
Custom made for European engines.

Rowe Keeps Ford Trucks Rolling
Rowe has developed an engine oil tailored to Ford turbo diesel engines. Hightec Synt RSF 950 is a synthetic, low viscosity, fuel efficient motor oil that protects Ford vehicles with Duratorq and EcoBlue engines against wear, soot and oxidation, the company says. An SAE 0W-30 oil, the product’s viscosity in cold temperatures defends parts during cold startup, and its high shear stability makes it suitable to use year-around. Its low volatility also minimizes oil consumption, the company adds. The engine oil will be sold in one-liter, five-liter, 20-liter, 60-liter and 200-liter containers. Web:

Hightec Synt RSF 950.
Rowe Hightec Synt RSF 950 motor oil.

Maximize Drain Intervals
ExxonMobil is taking oil changes out of drivers’ to-do lists with its new Mobil 1 Annual Protection synthetic motor oil. The product offers motorists up to 20,000-mile drain intervals, the company says, providing protection, increasing engine performance for one full year and lowering the environmental impact of used oil. The motor oil shows resistance against oxidation, thermal stability, improved wear protection and decreased buildup of sludge and deposits, according to tests conducted by the company. The engine oil’s guarantee applies to customers who use Mobil 1 Extended Performance oil filters, and does not apply to vehicles used for racing or commercial applications. Mobil 1 Annual Protection is available at retail stores across the United States in SAE 0W-20, 5W-20 and 5W-30 viscosities. Web:

Mobil 1 Annual Protection synthetic motor oil.
Mobil 1 Annual Protection synthetic motor oil.

Improved Oil Check
Spectro Scientific has made a new software version available for its SpectrOil 100 and SpectrOil M series of oil analyzers. Both instruments measure suspended or dissolved particles in mineral or synthetic oils using a rotating disc electrode technique for determining elemental composition in fluids. Version 8 of the software offers stability improvements through new signal processing methods and facilitates calibration and standardization for faster operation, the company adds. It also has an improved background measurement method that provides lower limits of detection in field applications, including temperature and background measurement corrections that eliminate re-standardization. The software boosts remote support for users by identifying files that should be sent to the company’s labs for further analysis. Web:

SpectrOil 100 and SpectrOil M
Faster oil results.

Detailed Oil Change Reminders
Cobra Systems released a new reminder sticker system for oil change businesses and repair shops. The Striker Pro Reminder Sticker System uses a portable keyboard and printer that provides stickers with the shop’s location, contact information and the date for the next maintenance or oil change appointment, as well as a QR code for the customer to access the shop’s schedule and confirm their next appointment online, the company says. The QR code can be programmed with promotional offers, recommended oil types, tire rotation or other repair services and messages from the shop. Cobra Systems also provides customizable stickers with a business’ logo that are compatible with the Striker Pro. Web:

Striker Pro
Don’t forget that oil change.

Uniform Blending
Ross released the VersaMix Multi-Shaft Mixer for paste, cream and gel-type materials. The machine has a three-wing anchor, a high speed dispenser and a high shear rotor that operate independently at different speeds to allow for uniform powder dispersion, emulsification, dissolution, homogenization, heating, cooling or removing air from low- and high-viscosity products, the company states. The mixer cover has multiple ports for loading raw materials and installing a vacuum/pressure transmitter, thermal probe and tank light. A 23-inch separation from the valve outlet to the floor allows operators to position a bucket under the vessel to catch finished product after the mixing cycle, the company adds. The product comes in models that can mix one to 4,000 gallons, with planetary mixers available for processing extremely viscous materials. Web:

VersaMix Multi-Shaft Mixer
Mix the toughest jobs.

February 2017

More Approvals for Mobil Jet Oil
Pratt & Whitney is the latest original equipment manufacturer to approve Mobil Jet Oil 387 from ExxonMobil to be used in its PurePower Geared Turbofan 1500G aircraft engines. The product is a synthetic, high performance capability turbine engine oil tested on P&W’s Bombardier C-series narrow body, twin engine, medium-range airliners. The oil provides improved elastomer compatibility, thermal and oxidative stability and advanced deposit control, ExxonMobil claims. Mobil Jet Oil 387 can be used as a single oil for various P&W equipment needs in addition to its engines, the manufacturer adds, reducing complexity and lubricant storage. Web:

Mobil Jet Oil 397
Oils ascending.

Lukoil Gets Approval from Ford Trucks
Lukoil received approval for use of its Avantgarde Professional SAE 5W-30 motor oil in Ford commercial trucks in Russia from the United States manufacturer’s joint venture with Turkey’s Koc Holding, Ford Otosan. The product is a synthetic engine oil designed for diesel engines running under severe conditions and that require extended drain intervals, the company says. It is blended with base stocks and additives that allow the oil to have low concentration of sulfated ash, phosphorus and sulfur. The engine oil meets Ford’s specification for heavy-duty diesel engines and is suitable for Ford Cargo FPT engines without affecting its recommended oil drain interval of around 32,000 miles, the company adds. The engine oil meets ACEA E4, E6 and E7 standards in addition to API CI-4, as well as Euro VI emission requirements in combination with low sulfur diesel fuels, Lukoil claims. Web:

Chevron Marine Oil Analysis Reaches China
Chevron Marine Lubricants is making its used oil analysis service available to the Chinese market with a new laboratory in Shanghai. The Fluid Analysis Service and Trending or FAST oil analysis service measures iron and copper content, base number, pentane insoluble material, viscosity at 40 degrees Celsius and acid number in samples of marine oils, the company says. Diagnostics include comments from Chevron’s oil analysts, the company boasts. Chia Yoo Soon, general manager of Chevron Marine, noted that the facility in China will reduce the time for samples to be tested, providing faster results and improved on board monitoring of marine oils. Web:

BioBlend Releases Marine Grease
BioBlend now has its first grease for marine vessel applications. BioGrease M3 is an Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant made from vegetable oils and thickened with high-shear stable lithium soap that protects equipment against wear and rust whether it’s in service or in storage, the company claims. The grease has a blend of polymers that enable it to function at high temperatures and improve water resistance, pumpability and adhesion in service. Operators can use the product in marine components moving at less than 900 revolutions per minute which require full boundary lubrication, such as trunnions, open gears, hopper dredges, dredging spud rails and others. Web:

Remote Container Tracking
ATEK Access Technologies released a version of its tank monitoring system with GPS capabilities. The TankScan Ultrasonic Cellular Monitor provides location information and remote monitoring of deployed lubricant, chemical, fuel and diesel storage tanks, totes and containers. The battery-powered device is placed on top of the tank or container to facilitate level measurements, allowing businesses to know where a tank is located to plan efficient deliveries and pick-ups as well as service intervals. The monitoring system can be accessed via computer, tablet and smartphones with an Internet connection. Web:

TankScan Ultrasonic Cellular Monitor
Containers stay on track.

Cool Down Compressors
ExxonMobil’s Mobil SHC Gargoyle 80 POE is a synthetic industrial refrigeration oil for compressors that use carbon dioxide as refrigerant gas. The company says the product is formulated with polyol esters to enhance wear protection and chemical and thermal stability, and its high viscosity index offers low temperature fluidity and improved evaporator efficiency. The high film thickness of the lube heightens compressor protection and shaft sealing compared to mineral oil, “potentially extending compressor life, reducing unscheduled downtime and lowering maintenance costs,” ExxonMobil boasts. The product can be used in applications such as food preparation, freezing operations, cold storage and marine compressor refrigeration. Web:

Better Lubricant Blends
Emery Oleochemicals is offering a replacement for sebacic acid used in lubricants and greases. Emerox is a biobased azealic acid that can be blended directly into formulations or used as a complexing agent in grease to provide oxidation and extreme temperature resistance, the company says. The product has a lower melting point, lower pour point to enhance cold-temperature flow and reduced molecular weight to produce more esters per pound of acid. In addition, it improves water resistance, oil separation and mechanical stability of the lubricant. The product can be used in applications such as ester-based synthetic lubricants, lithium complex greases and in corrosion inhibitors for water-based metalworking fluids and engine coolants. Web:

Emerox azealic acid
Emerox azealic acid for metalworking fluids.

Overpower Friction Wear
Kluber keeps automotive actuator failure at bay with Klubersynth specialty greases. BR 46-82 protects brakes, ball screws and other power transmission elements from wear at temperatures ranging from -40 to 180 degrees Celsius, the company says. BR 46-32 provides long-term lubrication of components under rolling contact such as ball screws, rolling bearings and small gears. Its low viscosity allows the grease to perform at -45 C and minimizes friction due to torque, the manufacturer adds. BR 46-32 F is another low-viscosity grease that helps keep planetary rolling contact gears or ball screws in clutch and brake actuators running at low temperatures, while also providing oxidation stability at high temperatures, the company boasts. All of the greases are made with base oil that is compatible with standard brake fluids and EPDM materials. Web:

Klubersynth on rolling bearings
Put the brakes on wear.

Stabilize Aircraft Parts
Milacron launched a metalworking fluid for ferrous and non-ferrous metals used in the aerospace industry. Cimperial 35-880 is a boron- and formaldehyde-free emulsifier that provides stability, fluid pH buffering and corrosion protection to aircraft components made from aluminum, titanium, steel, stainless steel, nickel- and cobalt-based alloys, the company says. Like other products in the Cimperial line, extreme pressure additives make the fluid suitable for heavy-duty machining and grinding operations. The product also has low foaming tendency, high lubricity and enhanced rancidity control, the company states. Web:

Cimperial 35-880
Fly away, corrosion!

Haul Away
Fleet operators haul for more miles with Mack Trucks’ new genuine motor oil. Mack Engine Oil EOS-4.5 protects parts from oxidation, gives aeration control and provides fuel economy under high loads and temperatures, the company says. Mack claims that its engine oil extends drain intervals for long, regional and heavy haul applications to 60,000, 50,000 and 40,000 miles, respectively, reducing consumption and maintenance costs. The genuine motor oil, available in SAE 10W-30 and 15W-40 viscosities, is being used as factory fill for Mack’s 2017 engines, meets API’s CK-4 standard and is backwards compatible with applications that use CJ-4. Web:

Mack Engine Oil EOS-4.5
Less idling, more moving.

Verdezyne Launches Corrosion Inhibitor
Rust hits a wall with Verdezyne’s FerroShield HC corrosion inhibitor. The product is a biobased, nitrate-free dibasic acid mixture for production of water-soluble metalworking fluids, metal cleaners, die cast release agents and aqueous hydraulic fluids. The powder shows corrosion resistance and hard water stability when diluted into a metalworking fluid, the company says. To prevent precipitation, the manufacturer recommends diluting the mixture with deionized water. The product is available globally and can be incorporated into companies’ existing metalworking fluid formulations. Web:

FerroShield HC corrosion inhibitor
A solution to oxidation.

Portable Temperature Stats
Anton Paar released a portable thermometer for use in chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnological applications. The MKT 10 is a lightweight, handheld thermometer that provides accurate temperature measurements in Millikelvin through a sensor with an accuracy of 10 mK, the company says. The device has three modes to measure temperature and resistance statistics. Its measurement accuracy of 0.01 degrees Celsius allows it to make at-line and quick on-site measurements in an instrument or liquid bath, the company adds. The thermometer runs on batteries or power over an Ethernet connection. Web:

MKT 10 thermometer
Measurements on the go.

Prevent Particle Contamination
Stanhope-Seta launched a particle monitor to detect contamination in lubricants. The AvCount Lube monitor tests in-service lubricants, hydraulic fluids and insulating oils with viscosity up to 200 square millimeters per second for particles caused by dirt and dust in the system, component wear, oil aging and sludge, the company says. The product has two modules: the Sample Delivery System and the Particle Counter Monitor. The latter can function independently as a portable instrument for testing lubes and oils with up to 64 mm2/s viscosity, the company adds. The device can be used in a distribution warehouse or a laboratory and comes pre-programmed with one ASTM and two ISO test methods. Provided software comes with standard test methods and allows for custom test methods. Web:

AvCount Lube monitor
Seize damage before it starts.

Chevron Marine Releases Cylinder Oil
Taro Special HT Ultra is the latest cylinder lubricant developed by Chevron Marine alongside Man Diesel & Turbo. The two-stroke, 140 base number cylinder oil resists cold corrosion conditions, runs on high sulfur fuel at low speeds and has flexibility for blending on board, the company says. The product protects marine liners, pistons and rings from friction wear and scuffing, and its dispersant properties minimize deposit formation in the combustion chamber. The cylinder oil is compatible with single-phase alkaline diesel cylinder lubricants used in the international marine trade and provides lower consumption on newer marine engines, the company boasts. Web:

Amsoil Enhances HDEOs
Amsoil released two new lines of diesel engine oils to meet API CK-4 specs, which replace its Premium Synthetic Diesel and OE Synthetic Diesel products. The company says its Max-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil delivers cold temperature performance, reduced oil consumption and protection for extended drain intervals, and is available in SAE 0W-40, 5W-30, 5W-40 and 15W-20 viscosities. The Heavy-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil offers increased protection and performance compared to conventional synthetic diesel oils, the company claims, and comes in 5W-40, 10W-30 and 15W-40 viscosities. Both product ranges have improved wear protection, oxidation and shear stability, reduced emissions and better fuel economy, Amsoil boasts. Web:

Amsoil HDEOs
Amsoil's upgraded HDEOs.

Truck Onward
Royal Purple introduced a line of lubricants for heavy-duty commercial vehicles. The product range includes Syndraulic Fluid for hydraulic systems in various applications, Syntractor III for tractor transmissions, brakes and hydraulics, Max-Tane Diesel Fuel Additive to boost lubrication for light- and heavy-duty diesel engines and Ultra Performance Grease for bearing and chassis lubrication. The company says the products are formulated to resist oxidation and perform under extreme weight and shock loading. Applications include construction vehicles, fleet trucks, mining and agricultural equipment. Web:

Royal Purple heavy-duty lubricants
Let your lube do the heavy lifting.

January 2017

Valtris Releases Wax-based Lubes
Valtris Specialty Chemicals launched two new lubricants for plastic pipework. Petrac 200, produced with Fischer-Tropsch wax technology, is formulated for rigid PVC pipes and suitable for contact with potable water, the company says. Petrac 230 is a high density oxidized polyethylene wax with metal release properties that acts as a fusion promoter “to enable more controlled processing of highly filled and difficult to fuse formulations,” Valtris adds. Both lubricants can be combined with other products from the company’s line to assist in extrusion of rigid PVC components. Web:

Upgraded Oil Analysis
Spectro Scientific introduced its most recent version of the FluidScan portable infrared oil chemistry analyzer. The product features more accurate results by lowering limits of detection on total water measurement for turbine oils from 1,000 parts per million to 300 ppm, the company states. It also has an expanded oil library to facilitate matching of over 700 oils and modified functions such as data viewing to increase analysis speed. In addition to water, FluidScan measures total acid number, oxidation, glycol, total base number and other parameters using Spectro’s Direct Infrared Spectroscopy technology. Web:

FluidScan Version 5
Give oil measurements a boost.

Shield Circuits from Corrosion
Cortec released a corrosion inhibitor for electronic components and electrical equipment. The EcoSonic Cleaner protects metals and alloys in indoor and outdoor applications against moisture, oils, grime and other contaminants in industrial, marine and tropical environments, the company says. The vapor phase corrosion inhibitor formulation can be sprayed on the components of generators, junction boxes, electrical outlets, contacts and motors, printed circuit boards and high or low voltage devices like relays, connectors, sensors and wiring. The company adds that the product “does not alter the electrical resistance or magnetic properties of metal substrates and can be safely applied for protection of electronic circuits or relays without causing any significant changes in conductivity.” Web:

EcoSonic Cleaner
Keep the energy flowing.

Defend Metal Surfaces
Amsoil has reformulated its Heavy-Duty Metal Protector to improve the lubricant’s corrosion protection. The quick-drying lubricant spray protects steel, iron, aluminum, brass, copper and other metals from damage caused by salt, moisture and chemical corrosion by displacing water and dirt on surfaces, the company says. The product produces a wax-like film that resists fling-off and can be used for automotive, off-highway, industrial and outdoor power equipment applications, the company adds. Web:

Amsoil Heavy-Duty Metal Protector
Bust that rust.

Tougher Wire Ropes
Marine vessel operators can now keep their wire ropes in top shape with an Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant from Rocol for use in ports, shipping, dredging and deep sea fishing applications. Biogen Marine Rope Dressing lubricant creates a protective barrier against corrosion for ropes in wet or submerged environments, the company says. Its additives minimize the possibility of lube falling to the ground or on cargo crane cabs, and can be easily cleaned up in the event of fling-off. Biogen’s viscosity makes it ideal for pumping through automatic lubrication systems that assist lubricant penetration between the wire rope’s strands, Rocol boasts, and its thickening structure prevents the lubricant from melting and dripping in warmer climates. Web:

Biogen wire rope lubricant
Strengthen those ropes.

Cleaner Forging Lube
Oelheld launched a lubricant for hot forging of steel and alloys. AirForge 4028 is a colorless, graphite-free lube that protects metals against oxidation, gas diffusion and heat, the company states, and allows for cleaner operating floors and equipment. The product is diluted in water and can be used by dipping or spraying in metal blanks. The company adds the lube is free of lead, solvents and other toxic components. Web:

Mycroleum Makes Synthetics
Mycroleum’s latest product launch includes several EP greases along with synthetic engine oils for commercial and industrial vehicles in the North American market. This addition includes the company’s first synthetic engine oils, along with a gear oil and tractor hydraulic fluid. The 14 new lubricants are available in five gallon pails, six gallon boxes, 55 gallon drums, or totes, and larger upon request. Web:

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