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An Effective Way to Gauge Potential Equipment Life

An Effective Way to Gauge Potential Equipment Life

by on September 28, 2016 0 Comments

Are you maximizing the life of your equipment components? Wouldn’t it be great if you had some way to gauge potential component life, along with some guidance on how to reach it?

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Particle Contamination in Hydraulic Fluids: What’s the Risk?

Particle Contamination in Hydraulic Fluids: What’s the Risk?

by on September 16, 2016 0 Comments

In our last entry, we discussed the importance of minimizing particle contamination in mobile hydraulic system lubricants to maximize equipment reliability and performance. Let’s take a closer look at where and how the risk of contamination affects specific industries.

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Maximizing Reliability and Performance in Hydraulic Systems

Maximizing Reliability and Performance in Hydraulic Systems

by on September 8, 2016 1 Comment

Many industries rely heavily on vehicles and equipment that operate  hydraulic systems to get work done. Construction, mining, agriculture, waste management – while these sectors may be very different, there is one issue they share: the risk of costly unplanned downtime due to equipment failure related to hydraulic systems.

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When it Comes to New Oils, There is No Such Thing as Too Much Field Testing

When it Comes to New Oils, There is No Such Thing as Too Much Field Testing

by on August 17, 2016 0 Comments

When the new API CK-4 and FA-4 oils hit the market later this year, they will have undergone some of the most rigorous, varied and exhaustive testing in the industry. It is important to be able to tell customers with complete confidence exactly how products will perform for them in whatever environment they may be.

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The Special Needs of the Tractor Hydraulic Systems

The Special Needs of the Tractor Hydraulic Systems

by on August 9, 2016 1 Comment

A question for our friends in agriculture: is your tractor worth $30? That’s roughly the price difference between off-the-shelf, discount “hydraulic oil” and a premium hydraulic fluid specially designed for tractors. It’s a rhetorical question, of course. The tractor is the workhorse of any farming operation. Yet you’d be surprised how often people think a […]

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Minimizing Downtime and Maximizing Equipment Life in Plastics Operations

Minimizing Downtime and Maximizing Equipment Life in Plastics Operations

by on August 4, 2016 2 Comments

Heavy-duty plastics machinery and equipment – extruders, blow molders, injection molders and the like – rely on the effective performance of hydraulic systems. And the life blood of a hydraulic system is a high-quality lubricant.

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Piston Deposit Control: Avoiding the High Cost of Engine Damage

Piston Deposit Control: Avoiding the High Cost of Engine Damage

by on July 20, 2016 2 Comments

In our recent blog series, we’ve been exploring the three key traits to look for in the new API CK-4 and FA-4 engine oils. We covered two of these in detail earlier: oxidation control and wear protection. Now, let’s take a deeper dive into the third: piston deposit control.

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Wear Protection in PC-11 Oils: Engine Durability Means Higher ROI

Wear Protection in PC-11 Oils: Engine Durability Means Higher ROI

by on July 13, 2016 4 Comments

We’re continuing our blog series focused on the key traits associated with engine oil and how those will be impacted by the new PC-11 specifications. In this installment, we focus on wear protection — protecting engines from wear is one of the most pivotal functions of the motor oil.

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Solving Pain Points in the Hydraulics Market

Solving Pain Points in the Hydraulics Market

by on July 6, 2016 1 Comment

Promoting productivity, efficiency and safety are key in any operation, but they take on new challenges when it comes to hydraulic equipment systems. Using the right hydraulic oils is essential to meeting those goals. The right hydraulic lubricant can offset losses that can be caused by less effective products. Let’s look closely at what might […]

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Oxidation Stability in PC-11 Oils: A Critical Factor in Oil Performance and Engine Life

Oxidation Stability in PC-11 Oils: A Critical Factor in Oil Performance and Engine Life

by on June 21, 2016 3 Comments

In our last PC-11 related blog, we outlined the three key traits to look for in the new engine oil categories coming out of the PC-11 initiative, API CK-4 and FA-4. Now, let’s zero in on one of those traits, which is getting a lot of attention these days: oxidation stability.

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