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Intelligent Lubrication Solutions™

Intelligent Lubrication Solutions™

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Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall: Which Lubricant Is Best For Which Season?

Posted by Jeff Muellenbach on Dec 22, 2016 9:05:00 AM

Now that winter has arrived, it’s a good idea to think about the lubricants you’re using. Even at moderate temperatures, vehicles and tractors operate under a lot of stress. Frigid winter temperatures — as well as sweltering summer temperatures — place even more demands on an engine. What type of oil should you use in each of the seasons?

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Topics: Fluid Formulations

Can I Use a Single Fluid for Multiple Applications?

Posted by Jeff Muellenbach on Jul 19, 2016 8:22:00 AM

“Can I use this one fluid for several lubrication needs?” We get this question fairly often, most commonly when a customer is already using one hydraulic fluid and has a piece of equipment that calls for a different fluid type or spec. The question makes sense to ask as customers are always looking for ways to consolidate their fluids (and hopefully save money in the process).

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Topics: Fluid Formulations

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

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

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

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

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

Metalworking Rust Inhibitors: Protect and Preserve Parts

Posted by Matt Mohelnitzky on Dec 10, 2015 8:30:00 AM

When it comes to maintaining product quality and machine performance in metalworking operations, preventing rust and corrosion is always near the top of the priority list. Not only is rust unattractive to your buyers, but extensive rust and corrosion can also weaken and disintegrate the metal—leading to serious problems.

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Topics: Fluid Formulations

Slideway Oil Selection: 5 Key Considerations to Improve Tooling

Posted by Matt Mohelnitzky on Dec 8, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Addressing slideway wear is one of the single most important factors for machine tool accuracy. If you don’t minimize the friction in your slideways, your machine won’t function properly and will ultimately lower your productivity. That being said, minimizing the friction of a slideway can be extra challenging given their proneness to stick-slip motions.

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Topics: Fluid Formulations

5 Ways Custom Blended Fluids Pay for Themselves

Posted by Matt Mohelnitzky on Nov 26, 2015 8:30:00 AM

If someone gives you an option between two products: one standard option and one customized option, it’s only natural that our instincts tell us the custom option costs more. From customized license plates to custom suits, and just about every custom project in the manufacturing industry, we’ve gotten used to paying extra for something that’s tailored to meet our specific needs. Even when it comes to lubrication, plant managers have to choose between standard, off-the-shelf fluid options and custom-blended fluids, and in many instances, don’t even consider the custom choice.

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Topics: Fluid Formulations