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Intelligent Lubrication Solutions™

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The Difference Between Virgin Oil, Recycled Oil, and Re-refined Oil

Posted by Jeff Muellenbach on May 24, 2016 8:26:00 AM

Have you ever heard of re-refined or recycled oil and immediately dropped it from consideration because you don’t have any interest in buying previously used oil? You wouldn’t be the only one. From used cars to used lubricants, we’re trained to believe that nothing will ever be as good as it was when it was brand new, so most people see the words refurbished, recycled, or re-refined and assume those products have seen better days (and that those words are all interchangeable). However, that’s not necessarily the case with lubricants. Re-refined oil is actually as good of quality or better than virgin oil, and recycled oil is a completely different category and purpose.

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Topics: Fluid Formulations

How to Read an Oil Analysis Report — 3 Key Data Points

Posted by Jeff Muellenbach on May 17, 2016 8:26:00 AM

In many of our previous posts, we’ve talked at length about the importance of regular oil analysis and proper sampling techniques. Oil analysis is critical for identifying any trends and problems in your oil and machine, and you can use that information to make important proactive maintenance decisions, such as decreasing unnecessary fluid change outs and scheduling repairs in a timely manner.

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Topics: Machine Reliability, Oil Analysis

8 Simple Ways to Improve Your Oiling Today

Posted by Jeff Muellenbach on May 10, 2016 8:38:00 AM

Inspecting-Plant-Equipment.jpgWe’ll admit it: lubrication maintenance can be very complex at times. From sampling the oil and refilling your machines to making repairs and installing new parts and systems, there are a lot of steps to follow and tasks to complete from week to week—and even day to day. There’s a reason many companies rely on automated computer programs to help them track their maintenance tasks, after all.

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Topics: Lubrication Maintenance

The Biggest Differences Between Private Label and Branded Fluids

Posted by Jeff Muellenbach on May 3, 2016 8:23:00 AM

This is a subject that we get asked about all the time. As with any industry that deals with private label goods versus big name brands, buyers are typically hesitant to trust “the little guy” when the alternative is an established, reputable brand. Consumers typically know what they’re getting from a big brand, and they’re not sure a customized option is worth the money or trouble. However, in reality, private label fluids are just as good or better than the major brands in terms of cost, quality, and performance.

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Topics: Fluid Formulations

The Life Expectancy of Oil in a Gearbox

Posted by Jeff Muellenbach on Apr 26, 2016 8:27:00 AM

Keeping your gearbox lubricated is the key to successfully maintaining any machinery or vehicles. That being said, there’s more to it than simply filling up your gearbox with lubricant and being done. Different gearboxes require different lubricants in order to protect their components. The operational environment may also have a strong influence on the fluid required as well.

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Topics: Machine Reliability, Lubrication Maintenance

Basic Oil Spill Cleanup Procedures & Safety Equipment

Posted by Jeff Muellenbach on Apr 19, 2016 8:25:00 AM

In Part 1 of our blog, we outlined 5 preventative measures you should be taking to reduce the risk of an oil/fuel spill in your plant or job site. In Part 2, we will talk about the different safety equipment and resources to have on hand, and also provide a basic outline of the general cleanup procedure for when a spill occurs. Local and federal regulations should dictate your spill cleanup procedures, but the information below can provide a good reference.  

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Topics: Spill Response

5 Tips for Preventing Oil Spills and Leaks

Posted by Jeff Muellenbach on Apr 12, 2016 8:30:00 AM

You can never be completely ready for an oil or fuel spill in your plant or on your job site. When a spill happens, however, it’s crucial that you have a plan of action in place to minimize the damages. Better yet, you should implement some preventative measures to stop it from happening in the first place. 

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Topics: Spill Response

5 Traits of an Effective Maintenance Manager

Posted by Jeff Muellenbach on Apr 5, 2016 8:30:00 AM

When it comes to maximizing the effectiveness of your lubrication program, figuring out which fluids work best in your machines isn’t the only part. It’s how you apply those fluids, respond to problems, and manage your resources that also determine your success as a maintenance manager. Being organized, well trained, and having a proactive mindset are all key traits a maintenance manager should possess, not to mention being good at building relationships.

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Topics: Lubrication Maintenance

Benefits of Universal Automatic Transmission Fluid

Posted by Jeff Muellenbach on Mar 29, 2016 8:30:00 AM

For anyone who performs maintenance on cars, you know just how important it is to use the right fluids with the right vehicles. We’re not just talking about gas and oil either, but the right transmission fluid, brake fluid, coolant/anti-freeze, and more.

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Topics: Engine Oils

Why the Type of Hydraulic Fluid You Use Matters

Posted by Jeff Muellenbach on Mar 22, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Though we all know you shouldn’t put unleaded gasoline in a diesel engine, if a vehicle says it performs best on premium unleaded gasoline, it’s not uncommon to see drivers saving a few bucks by using regular unleaded. After all, how much a difference could it make, right?

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Topics: Hydraulic Fluids