Wholly-owned subsidiaries of Shell plc in Switzerland, the UK, US and Sweden (Shell (Switzerland) AG, Shell U.K. Limited, Pennzoil-Quaker State Company and Shell Aviation Sweden AB) have entered into agreements to acquire the Environmentally Considerate Lubricants (ECLs) business of the Panolin Group. The transaction includes the PANOLIN brand, … [Read more...] about Panolin signs agreement to sell ECL business to Shell
Keeping equipment working at optimal performance with less downtime and supporting a longer life span are significant factors that make fire-resistant hydraulic fluids a safe and pragmatic choice. As in any hydraulic system, a strong maintenance strategy is vital to reduce component corrosion and thereby avoid the significant costs of replacing … [Read more...] about Why water-glycol hydraulic fluid maintenance makes all the difference
Schroeder Industries, an Advanced Fluid Conditioning Solutions company, is releasing a new product, The GYR Node Series. The GYR Node Series, Green, Yellow, and Red Nodes, are visual/electrical units that tell the hydraulic systems’ fluid condition using the universal color scheme. The GYR Node is easily connected to a Condition Sensor … [Read more...] about GYR Node Series monitors fluid condition using color
By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor Hydraulic systems are susceptible to many forms of contamination – particles, heat and water. When each of these contaminants is kept in check, there is no reason your hydraulic oil cannot last indefinitely, all the while providing conditions for a reliable hydraulic system. Water is an especially interesting … [Read more...] about When should you use desiccant breathers?
You might be surprised to hear that oil and water do mix. Of course, they won't mix when poured together in a glass and stirred with a spoon. But forces at play to destroy your hydraulic system find ways to allow much more water to saturate and emulsify with your innocent hydraulic oil. Heat, oxidation and chemical contamination increase the … [Read more...] about When are vacuum dehydrators necessary?
By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants, as far as the hydraulics industry is concerned, are fluids offering a reduced impact on the environment. EAL fluids are especially a concern for machinery operating on or around waterways, where the disastrous impact of potentially hazardous and toxic oil is most severe. … [Read more...] about What are environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) in hydraulics?
Renewable Lubricants presents patented Bio-Ultimax 1000, readily biodegradable biosynthetic formulas which perform like mineral oil based hydraulic fluids, but are environmentally friendly. With oxidation performance comparable to full synthetics, this is one of the safest hydraulic fluids for the environment. Ideal for stationary or mobile … [Read more...] about Environmentally friendly hydraulic fluid for stationary and mobile use
By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor Aeration is the introduction of air bubbles within a liquid by passing through or across open air. Aeration most often occurs in hydraulic systems when oil returns to the tank above the oil level in the reservoir, entraining bubbles as it splashes into the tank. The primary worry with aeration is the … [Read more...] about How does aeration affect hydraulic systems?
By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor All hydraulic fluid is designed to transmit fluid power energy through a system, and for the most part, they do the job the same way. But that doesn't mean all oil is the same. In fact, there are five common types of hydraulic fluid, each with its benefits and downsides whose use depends on the application … [Read more...] about A review of common hydraulic fluid types and their benefits
The right lubricants can improve profitability, productivity and sustainability. Contributed by Blayne McKenzie, Strategic Technology Manager, Industrial Products, The Lubrizol Corp. Procurement decisions in almost any market you can imagine are driven primarily by one or more of the following three factors: profitability, productivity and … [Read more...] about Optimizing hydraulic operations with the use of energy-efficient hydraulic fluids