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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 0 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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A Day in the Life of a Waste Hauler

A Day in the Life of a Waste Hauler

by on June 14, 2016 0 Comments

You hear them, usually in the early morning hours, making their appointed rounds. Maybe you don’t even notice any longer but in communities across the country, residential and commercial waste haulers provide a vital daily service. To do so, they use trucks equipped with fairly complex hydraulic systems that come with unique needs and challenges.

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Preventing Oil Contamination Part 2: The Importance of Keeping Oil Clean

Preventing Oil Contamination Part 2: The Importance of Keeping Oil Clean

by on June 10, 2016 0 Comments

While particulate contaminants can be introduced when lubricants are produced, transported and delivered, there also are many opportunities for contaminants to enter those products onsite at your facilities. Knowing how to properly handle and filter lubricants, once they’re under your control is just as critical.

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Is Your Equipment Operating at its Peak Performance?

Is Your Equipment Operating at its Peak Performance?

by on June 2, 2016 1 Comment

When it comes to protecting the hydraulic systems used in a wide range of operations, from waste hauling to construction to manufacturing plants, all hydraulic fluids are not formulated the same. Only premium hydraulic lubricants are formulated to effectively protect against wear, ensure productive and safe performance and maximize useful equipment life.

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