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Intelligent Lubrication Solutions™

Intelligent Lubrication Solutions™

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Matt Mohelnitzky

Marketing Manager, U.S. Lubricants

Recent Posts

STOP Making These Common Lubrication Mistakes Today

Posted by Matt Mohelnitzky on Jan 30, 2017 4:03:01 PM

The problem with lubricating most manufacturing machinery is that it’s often a blind activity. No one can easily see when it needs to be done or that it’s been done correctly. As a result, there’s a huge potential for not lubricating machinery properly.

Maintaining manufacturing equipment through proper lubrication methods is a task that you may never think about … until that piece of equipment fails and becomes all you can think about.

Here’s a quick list of some of the more common ways that equipment lubrication efforts can go wrong in a manufacturing setting and ways you can S-T-O-P them from happening.

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Topics: Oil Analysis

Measuring Machine Reliability: 5 Key Metrics

Posted by Matt Mohelnitzky on Jan 5, 2017 12:46:07 PM

Machine breakdowns are a serious hassle. Not only do they often require costly repairs and replacement parts, but they also prevent you from meeting your production goals. As Plant, Maintenance, or Reliability Managers know, it can be frustrating when a machine breakdown causes you to go over budget and miss your benchmarks or goals—but what are you supposed to do about it? How are you supposed to see the future and predict the health of all your machines?

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Topics: Machine Reliability

Are You Sure You’re Using the Right Coolant?

Posted by Matt Mohelnitzky on Mar 8, 2016 12:59:21 PM

For many plant and shop managers, it isn’t surprising to have a coolant inventory that’s as diverse as a medicine cabinet. Shops run many different operations that involve machinery performing a myriad of different operations that may involve different materials, processes and circumstances. These varying circumstances often lead to having various formulations and types of coolants on hand as a result.

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Topics: Cutting Oils, Fluid Formulations

3 Ways Lubrication Improves Your CNC Machine Life

Posted by Matt Mohelnitzky on Mar 1, 2016 8:30:00 AM

For manufacturers that are looking to improve the performance and health of their CNC machines, there are several different variables that need to be taken into consideration—specifically the material being machined and the correct lubrication processes.

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Topics: Machine Reliability, Cutting Oils

4 Considerations for CNG Oil Selection

Posted by Matt Mohelnitzky on Feb 23, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Lately we’ve been hearing more questions about which oils to use with CNG engines, as more and more companies and municipalities start using natural gas-powered vehicles in their fleets due to their low emissions (not to mention, when fuel prices are higher, there’s also a well-defined cost benefit to using CNG). While some people think that all truck engines are relatively the same, CNG engines operate at higher temperature levels than diesel engines, and require specially formulated oils to meet their more demanding operating requirements—including the right viscosity grade, balanced ash levels, and antioxidant concentrations.

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Topics: Engine Oils

4 Questions to Ask Before Changing Coolants

Posted by Matt Mohelnitzky on Feb 16, 2016 8:30:00 AM

While most fluids break down naturally over time due to their usage in your machines, the main reason why coolants break down is the fact that they’re more easily contaminated with tramp oil, bacteria, metal fines, and more. 

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Topics: Fluid Formulations

4 Questions to Ask Before Switching Hydraulic Fluids

Posted by Matt Mohelnitzky on Feb 9, 2016 8:30:00 AM

How do you know when it’s time to change the hydraulic fluid in your machines? Do you treat it like your car engine and swap the oil every 3,000 miles—or hours in this instance? Or do you simply go from a time standpoint (e.g., annual)? Based on the importance of hydraulic equipment to your operation, the best way to get the most out of your oil and make sure it’s ready to dump and recharge, is by taking a sample and sending it to a lab for a thorough analysis.

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Topics: Hydraulic Fluids

Air Compressor Maintenance Hinges on Fluid Selection & PM Scheduling

Posted by Matt Mohelnitzky on Feb 2, 2016 8:30:00 AM

When it comes to maximizing the life and performance of your plant’s air compressors, preventative maintenance and proper fluid selection are the two most important practices to follow. We’re sure you understand the value of preventing a problem before it can happen, but you can’t overlook the importance of diligently selecting your equipment’s fluids.

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Topics: Lubrication Maintenance

The ‘Skinny’ on Engine Oil Additives

Posted by Matt Mohelnitzky on Jan 26, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Choosing the ideal engine oil for an automobile is no easy task. From understanding all the different engine oil specifications from independent organizations to finding the perfect formula that maximizes performance and protection, there’s a lot more that goes into it than simply browsing a catalogue and choosing a generic, off-the-shelf engine oil. Likewise, while engine oil additives can be useful for enhancing the performance of your oil, if you don’t know exactly how they’ll react with your base fluid, you’d likely be doing more harm than good by adding them to your formulation after the fact.

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Topics: Engine Oils

3 Benefits of Biodegradable Hydrocarbon-based EALs

Posted by Matt Mohelnitzky on Jan 19, 2016 8:30:00 AM

In a previous post about marine oils, we discussed the Vessel General Permit (VGP)—what it is, its impact on large marine vessels, oil classifications, and more. We also gave some criteria for selecting an environmentally acceptable lubricant (EAL) that meets VGP requirements. In this post, we’ll recap some of the VGP basics, and delve further into the benefits of using biodegradable hydrocarbon based oils like THRIVE™ Eco. 

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Topics: Marine Oils, Fluid Formulations