Water Contamination Of Lubricating Oil

There have been plenty of articles regarding the effects of contamination to lubricating oil. The presence of foreign particles in the lubricant can decrease the life of machine components like valves, pumps and bearings. That is why countless of dollars are spent for filtration systems that maintain the cleanliness of the oil. However, the harmful effects of contamination is not limited to solid contaminants. In certain operations, water contamination of lubricating oil and other lubricant products pose greater danger to machines.

Water on lubricant

The danger presented by water contamination of oil depends on its quantity. It gets dissolved and spread throughout the oil if the quantity of water is very little. The dissolved water has little to no impact on lubricant performance or life expectancy of machine components.

Water contamination starts becoming a serious issue once water level in the oil is beyond that of the ability of the oil to keep it in dissolved form. Water droplets start to develop or a layer of free water is created. At this point, the water can interfere with the ability of the oil to form a film over the surfaces of the mechanical components. This can greatly increase the wear on the components.

There are applications where water contamination of lubricating oil is impossible to avoid. In these situations, it is extremely essential to keep an eye on the water content to avoid the potential damages that can result from too much water content.

Biodegradable Lubrication

It has been quite awhile since biodegradable lubricants were introduced. This class of lubricants were meant to address the growing concern regarding environmental effects caused by the production and discharges of mineral-based lubricants. But even after being on the market for quite some time, the number of machine shops using these lubrication products are still relatively few. This can be attributed to old practices and mindsets.

green lubrication

If the current lubricant is performing well as needed, there is very little reason to change to a new product whose performance is yet to be determined. People tend fall into a routine, resulting to current practices staying the same.

Truth be told, many operators are not aware of the new products on the market. It is usually not until an occurrence like a discharge, government agency involvement or new personnel entering the facility that old practices are questioned and new ideas are considered.

The current economy also makes it hard to make operational changes. There are more crucial issues that companies have to address and details regarding lubrication often take a backseat unless there is a threat to the operation. However, there are companies that are actively searching for products and implementing techniques that maximize efficiency while also protecting the environment.

The higher cost of biodegradable lubricants compared to mineral-based oil is another issue to its limited use. This prevents smaller shops from changing to the eco-friendly lubricants. It is important to remember that the cost not only involves the lubricant but also the preparation process which involves cleaning out the machine completely. This can take a significant amount of time away from production.

Polyurethane Adhesives and Bonding

Adhesive bonding is becoming the preferred method for attaching components in various manufacturing industry. Thanks to the development of new products such as polyurethane adhesives, the speed of manufacturing operations can be increased. In the current manufacturing world where speed and efficiency is key to the survival of businesses, the modern adhesives are becoming crucial tools.

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this is a picture of polyurethane adhesives

A perfect example is the automobile manufacturing industry which is greatly benefiting from the developments in adhesive science. The installation of certain components can be sped up by replacing conventional attachments such as nuts and bolts or screws with the combination of adhesives and rivets.

This was not possible in the past due to older kinds of adhesives not having sufficient initial bonding strength. This meant that the components had to be clamped down and must finish curing before it can be sent to the next stage of the manufacturing process. The adhesives in the past simply did not have the qualities that many modern adhesives feature.

Quick curing and strong initial bond are qualities that has allowed polyurethane and other modern adhesives to be used in manufacturing. These two qualities allowed personnel to slap on two components to each other and immediately send them to the next process. There is no need for clamping and waiting for the adhesive to cure.

The use of adhesives also help in lowering the total weight of the manufacturing products as less locking instruments are needed to secure components. This is very important in the current world wherein every kilogram matters in achieving maximum fuel efficiency.

Nordson EFD unveil their new Pro Series

Nordson EFD have brought out The Pro Series. It’s an automatic system for dispensing fluid that can be smoothly integrated into existing manufacturing processes.

The new series includes a camera with smart vision. This can capture detailed images of component parts and turn them into digital files with high resolution. The camera system integrates with more new software from EFD. Their DispenseMotion makes set up easy and gives an on screen preview of the dispensing path which helps with programming.

The Pro4L Series includes a laser height sensor that can find height variations on the surface of a product and then correct the height of the dispenser to stop deposits being uneven. It also helps to prevent damage to the tip or work piece.

The new systems have been designed to use a syringe barrel and valve system which ensures that fluid dispensing is absolutely precise. The platforms vary in size and can work alone or as part of an automatic system.

Kelvin Fernandez, Product Manager for Nordson EFD said

“Nordson EFD’s new Pro Series automated dispensing system ‘thinks’. Programming is going to be much faster because it’s simple to learn and it’s easier to visually see your dispensing path, as you set the parameters. And with the closed-loop system, it’s constantly checking to make sure that your dispensing process stays in control.”

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Lukoil Announce Truck Deliveries of Lubes to Western Europe

The Russian lube company Lukoi have started truck deliveries of base oils going to blenders in Western Europe. Tankers are delivering American Petroleum Institute oils (Group I solvent neutral 150 and 500 oils) from Belgium. Lukoil rent storage at the Hemiksem terminal near Antwerp.

Alexey Strelchenko, LLK International’s deputy general director, said

“This type of [base oil] distribution has been requested by our customers – primarily finished industrial grease producers – because of its convenience. The location of our storage facility in Belgium optimizes logistics for Lukoil base oils”.

Oil tankers take Lukoil’s base oils from the port of Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea. This month, Lukoil say they expect to deliver around 1,500 tons of base oils to customers throughout Western Europe this month. (October 2014)

Source: Lube Report

Henley partner with AutoTex Pink

Henley Enterprises (the biggest franchisee of Valvoline Instant Oil Change) are to partner with AutoTex Pink (a division of WEXCO Industries) for the third year running to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. AutoTex Pink wiper blades are available from hundreds of Valvoline Instant Oil Changes over 12 states with a percentage of each sale going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Each of Henley’s locations is making a donation to the Foundation.

Source: Oil & Lube

2013 Global Demand for Finished Lubricant around 36.3 Million Tons

Anuj Kumar, Project Manager for the Energy Practice at Kline & Company, has announced the results of study which demonstrate that last year, there was a 36.3 million ton Global demand for lubricant basestocks.

The potential supply for 2013 was estimated to be 39.2 million tons.

The results of Kline’s Study ‘Global Lubricant Basestocks: Market Analysis and Opportunities’ were unveiled during a presentation on the Internet earlier this month.

The study covered all categories of major lubricant basestock including:

  •         Group I, II, II+, III,
  •         Gas-to-liquid (GTL),
  •         Naphthenic,
  •         Polyalfaolefins (PAO),

with the focus on the first three.

Kline say that while Group I basestocks still satisfy over 50% of global demand they predict that Group III will have the highest growth in demand.

Source: OEM/Lube News

Shell and Hyundai Joint Venture Starts Production

The joint venture company, Hyundai and Shell Base Oil Co., Ltd have opened a new plant in South Korea for manufacturing base oil. They say that the plant will produce around 13,000 barrels (650 kilo tonnes) of API Group II base oils each year.

The Executive Vice President of Shell Lubricant, Mark Gainsborough said

“As the demand for higher quality lubricants is on the rise in Asia, the region is shifting away from Group I base oils towards increased use of Group II and Group III base oils. This plant contributes significant Group II base oil supply to Shell’s supply chain in the region, helping us grow our premium lubricants business in Asia, especially in China and Northeast Asia.”

The plant in Daesan was built in response to the increasing Asian demand for Group II base oils. The plant was built in an astonishing twenty months – almost two months ahead of schedule.

Shell already has three other production plants for base oils in Singapore, Taiwan and Japan. The Shell production plants in Asia work with their existing network on nineteen blending plants in the area. They are currently building two more blending plants. One is in China and the other in Indonesia.