Maximizing Reliability and Performance in Hydraulic Systems

Many industries rely heavily on vehicles and equipment that operate  hydraulic systems to get work done. Construction, mining, agriculture, waste management – while these sectors may be very different, there is one issue they share: the risk of costly unplanned downtime due to equipment failure related to hydraulic systems. Proper maintenance of hydraulic systems is critical to reducing that risk, and avoiding particle contamination in lubrication is a key factor. A major challenge in keeping hydraulic ...

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Piston Deposit Control: Avoiding the High Cost of Engine Damage

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. Piston deposit control has been a requirement in motor oils since the earliest days of the industry. It also has been a major challenge for engine manufacturers ...

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New Frontier: The Changing Market of On-Highway Fleets

The last time you specified a new group of on-highway tractors did you start to ask yourself, “Where did all my choices go?” If you did, you’re not alone. The reason is simple: vertical integration. To improve fuel efficiency, truck manufacturers, and engine and transmission builders, are designing proprietary engine-drivetrain configurations. It may soon no longer be possible to specify different makes of trucks with the same powertrains (see photo), and there will be added complexity when ...

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Wear Protection in PC-11 Oils: Engine Durability Means Higher ROI

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. Engine oils are carefully balanced combinations of petroleum base oil and chemical additives that work together to provide effective lubrication of engine parts. It also is ...

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Oxidation Stability in PC-11 Oils: A Critical Factor in Oil Performance and Engine Life

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. In general, an engine oil has two main functions: 1) to protect the engine, and 2) to protect itself from breaking down. High levels of ...

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Planning for PC-11: Three Key Traits to Look for in CK-4 and FA-4 Oils

Changes in engine design to meet new emissions and fuel economy regulations have raised some concerns in the industry. However, the new PC-11 oils being developed go beyond typical attributes of current engine lubricants. They’ve been designed to help extend the life of new diesel engines, promote longer oil drain intervals and offer more choices to users. The standards for new PC-11 heavy-duty motor oil (HDMO) have been raised significantly and offer potential long-term maintenance and ...

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When it Comes to New Oils, There is No Such Thing as Too Much Field Testing

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. That’s why a wide diversity of testing, in different engine types and under different operating conditions, is absolutely critical to ...

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