This Ain't Your Grandpa's Diesel Truck - SCR, DEF & Clean Emissions

Posted by John Presti on Jan 24, 2014 2:56:00 PM

Diesel Engines have sure come a long way from the noisy, clunky, smelly, black smoke pumping trucks we used to see. Today's diesel engines are quiet and clean, and in the case of 2010 model year and later vehicles - they even have emissions ratings better than many of their gasoline counterparts. How did that happen?

The first step was the big one - the switch to Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel dropped the sulfur content from up to 500 parts per million to a max of 15 parts per million, which improved pollution levels like crazy and got rid of the black exhaust. 

The other major shift came as a result of the EPA's 2010 policy on reducing the NOx levels in emissions to almost zero. This was accomplished with the implementation of SCR technology and the use of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) - DEF is injected into the exhaust stream and neutralizes NOx into Nitrogen and Water Vapor.  

SCR Emissions Graph

Image Credit (and a great source) - http://www.factsaboutscr.com/scr/engine-control-standards.aspx 

If you want to learn more about SCR specifics and how DEF works to eliminate NOx emissions, You can find out everything (and probably more) that you ever wanted to know in this new product information video from Peak at the following link: 

http://www.peakhd.com/product-lines/bluedef/about/ 

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Topics: DEF, Diesel Exhaust Fluid, NOx reduction, EPA Mandate, EPA

Are You Maximizing your Equipment's Efficiency?

Posted by Kelly Burke on Nov 22, 2013 2:24:00 PM

We talk a great deal around here about proactive solutions - ideas and programs that, with a little time and capital ultimately save us time, money, and maybe most importantly - save us from the headaches of unanticipated problems. A major proactive plan that's been awesome for ourselves and several of our customers is Oil Analysis. 

What if you could get an analysis emailed to you every time you PM'ed your fleet  - whether that was tractors, heavy construction equipment, or a specialty machine?

What if that analysis could tell you your equipment may have a slow coolant leak, or your system showed a little corrosion? 

With that kind of heads up, you could proactively schedule down time for that equipment to be repaired without dealing with the chaos from equipment failure. 

What if on top of that, your report let you maximize oil drain intervals?

With that info, you could schedule your maintenance out more easily, and save on your overall lubricant spend in many cases. 

CITGO has a calculator on their site you can calculate what oil analysis may save your business based on mileage, fleet size, etc - you can try that calculator out here: http://www.hdlubes.com/Calculator/ 

(CITGO offers this analysis to Dennis K Burke customers for FREE on qualified engine oils, so you can try it no risk and see if it adds value to your bottom line..... Dont use engine oil? No problem - Dennis K Burke offers an analysis program for Industrial & Specialty Equipment as well )

You can read more about Oil Analysis benefits in general (especially for industrial equipment) on the WearCheck USA site here: http://www.wearcheck.com/ 

The peace of mind from knowing your fleet is running at maximum efficiency, and your mechanics have a heads up of small engine issues before they result in catastrophic failures and downtime alone is worth it. 

If you would like more info on Oil Analysis in general, or how DKB can help you get started, fill out the contact form on the right or call us anytime.

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Topics: Lubricants, Citgo, Wear Check, Oil Analysis, Engine Oil, HD Lubes

Winter Additive Options

Posted by John Presti on Oct 25, 2013 2:55:00 AM

It's getting cold out there! 
Now is a good time to revisit the topic of winter fuel and fuel additives. Very few things are more critical than ensuring your fleets winter operability.
There are a lot of options out there, from Kero blending to different types of Additives. We've seen a lot of people have loyalty to the Valvtect Diesel Guard Winter Additive. The video below gives you a good amount of info on the product - if you're weighing out additive options for the winter season, it's worth a look. 
 
 
 
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Topics: winter additives, Valvtect, Additives

Ethylene Glycol Demand Driving up Antifreeze Costs - Again

Posted by John Presti on Mar 29, 2013 10:20:00 AM

Antifreeze prices will be going up for all major suppliers this Spring due to the rising price of Ethylene Glycol. Ethylene Glycol is the main componant of automotive antifreeze - but it is also used in the manufacture of plastics and resins, including plastic soda bottles and it is also used in some medical applications. The increase in demand, especially for manufactured plastics as a result of economic expansion in countries like China has made global prices continue to climb.

As an effect of this, antifreeze manufacturers bear a higher cost of production for finished product, so costs are continuing to rise on the supplier level as well.

Most suppliers have set their increases to take effect on April 1 - we are holding off til April 12th to try and give you an opportunity to beat the increase if you can. If you would like to place an order before the prices increase dont hesitate to contact us at 617-884-7800 or email us at [email protected]

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Topics: Lubricants, antifreeze, Ethylene Glycol

Don't Forget to beat the DEF Increase!

Posted by Kelly Burke on Mar 26, 2013 2:15:00 PM

Just a reminder on beating the DEF increase coming April 1st......As you know, this is the time of year where we start seeing increases in the DEF market.  1/3 of DEF is comprised of Urea. The reason this time of year causes an uptick in DEF prices is that Urea's primary use is as fertilizer in the agricultural sector, and competition for urea reflects on the commodities market side, and that results in an increase in its cost.

It looks like the market went up in March anywhere from $.03 to $.05/gallon. Dennis K Burke will be holding current pricing until April 1, so dont forget to get those orders in this week! I will keep you informed for April and the other upcoming months in terms of what impact the Urea market will have on your DEF pricing.

Feel free to give me a call to discuss, 617-884-7800.  If you would like to place an order (or an additional order) before the month is out, you can do so with customer service at 617-884-7800 or by emailing [email protected]

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Topics: DEF, Diesel Exhaust Fluid, Lube News

Lubricants News: Don't Let the Cold Slow You Down

Posted by John Presti on Mar 1, 2013 2:06:00 PM

Don't let the cold slow you down

 

We all know that icing is one of the major causes of cold temperature fuel-related problems. As it gets colder, ice crystals begin to form in diesel fuel that contains about 500 ppm of water. In cold weather, diesel fuel is also prone to gelling, the solidification of diesel fuel into a partially crystalline state. These solidified waxes thicken the fuel, and then clog the fuel filters, causing the engine to stop running.

 

DIESEL GUARD ANTI-GEL DEICER

A highly concentrated multifunctional winter diesel additive for individual vehicle treatment.

 

Contains wax crystal modifier and deicer to help prevent gelling and icing in ULSD and biodiesel blends up to 5%.

 

Anti-Gel Deicer bottle
   

* Multifunctional detergent to keep injectors clean

* Lubricity improver, corrosion inhibitor, stabilizer and cetane improver to help improve cold starts

* Reduces Cold Filter Plug Point (CFPP)

* Reduces Pour Point

* Highly concentrated for easy storage and handling

* One quart treats 250 gallons

* 12-1 qt. bottles per case

 

DIESEL GUARD D-THAW

D-Thaw gets gelled fuel moving again. Reliquifies gelled diesel fuel and de-ices frozen fuel filters - the two most common causes for winter fuel problems. The most effective product to reliquify gelled diesel fuel and de-ice frozen filters.

O-Thaw bottle 

* Non-alcohol formula

* Add directly to frozen fuel filter to melt ice and wax

* Will absorb 1/3 cup of water for every quart of D-Thaw

* One quart treats 50 gallons of fuel in a "gelled-up" emergency

* Resolves any gelling diesel fuel in tanks during the cold winter months

 Diesel Gaurd logo

Dennis K. Burke offers a full line of ValvTect Diesel Guard products.

 

We are participating in a Valvtect Rebate Program now through July 31 2013. For info on the rebate program, click the following link: http://www.burkeoil.com/valvtect-rebate-program---valid-through-july/

 

 

 

CLEAR AND DYED KEROSENE

Dennis K. Burke offers both clear and dyed kerosene in 5 gallon pails and 55 gallon drums. Every 10% of kerosene blended with diesel fuel lowers the cloud point about three degrees.

We carry clear kerosene for winter blending in on-road vehicles, dyed kerosene (non-taxable) for winter blending in off-road vehicles, as well as heaters requiring a K-1 Kerosene.

You can also purchase dyed kerosene at the pump from our gas station located at 410 Beacham Street in Chelsea, or, if you have a jobsite or location running kero we can deliver in for you.  

 

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Topics: winter additives, Lubricants, Valvtect

DEF Pricing Specials for December 2012

Posted by John Presti on Dec 6, 2012 8:21:00 AM

Various sized containers of DEF

We're excited to announce special pricing for Diesel Exhaust Fluid for the rest of December. We carry the highest quality DEF and we have the logistics to get it to you. Special pricing is effective on the conveniently sized 2.5 gallon jugs, in quantities from 25 jugs delivered (or pick them up at our headquarters and receive the special pricing with no minimum) to full pallets. (For more than pallet loads, contact [email protected] for pricing)

If you run a fleet requiring DEF, or a shop who's customers require it, this is a great opportunity to stock up and save! Don't wait though, special pricing expires December 31st!

 

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Topics: DEF, product of the month, Diesel Exhaust Fluid, Lubricants, Lube Sales, Lube News

November Lube News - Valvtect Diesel Guard Tank Maintenance

Posted by John Presti on Nov 1, 2012 10:56:00 AM

Pre-Winter Tank Maintenance Program

Up to 50% of all winter diesel vehicle breakdowns can be attributed to water and bacteria (bugs) being pumped from the main diesel storage tank into the vehicle. This can cause plugged fuel filters, equipment downtime and lost revenue.

 

diesel guard tank diagram

 

THE DIESEL GUARD PROGRAM

The ValvTect Diesel Guard three-step pre-winter tank maintenance program is designed to keep your fleet up and running this winter by safely removing the two biggest causes of winter shutdowns; water (ice crystals) and bacteria.

 

STEP1.

PUMP OUT EXCESS WATER

Over time, water builds up in diesel storage tanks creating a breeding ground for bacteria. Even when entrained in a vehicle's diesel fuel, water will begin to freeze when the fuel temperature reaches 32º F., forming ice crystals that can plug fuel filters. First, pump out and properly disposed of excess water in your diesel storage tanks.

 

STEP 2.

CHEMICALLY REMOVE RESIDUAL WATER

After pumping, any remaining water is removed by treating the next two or three diesel fuel deliveries with Diesel Guard Tank Dri, a water dispersant and freeze point depressant. Diesel Guard Tank Dri is a non-alcohol water dispersant and deicer, formulated to safely remove a controlled amount of water from the diesel fuel's storage tank.

* Safely Removes Moisture

* Reduces the Freeze Point of Water

* Non-Alcohol and Non-Flammable

* One Gallon Treats 7,500 Gallons of Diesel Fuel

diesel guard tank dri

 

STEP 3.

KILL BACTERIA AND BIO-CONTAMINATION

Once all water is removed, "shock" treat the tank with BioGuard Micro-Biocide to kill bacteria and other bio-contamination. BioGuard is the industry's most effective biocide. Spare fuel dispenser filters should be on site to filter out dead bacteria after BioGuard treatment.

* Kills Bacteria and Algae

* Fast Acting

* Ultra Low Sulfur Compliant

* One Gallon Treats 2,500 Gallons of Diesel Fuel

diesel guard biocide

 

*Dennis K. Burke offers a full line of ValvTect Diesel Guard products.*

diesel guard logo

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Topics: Lubricants, Lube News, Valvtect, Diesel Guard, Tank Maintenance

Fall Lubricants Pricing Specials for 2012

Posted by John Presti on Aug 27, 2012 1:00:00 PM

Its still August, but we are ready to roll out our Fall Pricing Specials for the Lube Division.

We're pleased to offer Citgo Citgard 700 Synthetic Blend 15w40 Diesel Engine Oil  in 4-1 Gallon Cases.

citgard 700

We're also offering deals on Valvtect, Diesel Fuel Supplement, Two Cycle Oil, SAE 30, SAE 40, and Oil Eater Products.

    Oil Eater product line          Power Service Diesel Additives logo       Valvtect logo

To view our fall pricing specials, click the following link: 

Dont forget - until September rolls on in, you can still save 5% off your entire Bioblend order for first time Bioblend customers!

Various containers of Bioblend with the bioblend logo

As always, feel free to call us with any questions at 617-884-7800, where any of our dedicated Customer Service Reps can answer all your questions. You can also email us anytime at [email protected] to ask a question, or place an order.

Enjoy these last days of beautiful New England summer weather!

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Topics: winter additives, Oil Eater, Marinas, Lubricants, Lube Sales, Specialty Oils, Power Service, BioBlend

Lube News September 2012 - BioBlend

Posted by John Presti on Aug 20, 2012 11:20:00 AM

Environmentally Sensitive Lubricants

click here to read in PDF Format: Lubricants News September 2012- Environmentally Friendly Lubricants

Environmentally Sensitive Lubricants

BioBlend offers a complete family of high performance lubricants

BioBlend’s line of biodegradable and biobased lubricants provides ecologically friendly solutions for many of your tough lubricating challenges.

Various containers of BioBlend with the BioBlend logo

BioBlend MPO Biodegradable Multi-Purpose Oil is a readily biodegradable, biobased, multi­purpose lubricant designed for commercial, household, and general lubrication applications. BioBlend MPO meets the guidelines for an H1 product for incidental food contact.

BioBlend PO Biodegradable Penetrating Oil is an excellent penetrating oil and general purpose lubricant formulated from readily biodegradable, renewable resource, base stocks and additives. BioBlend PO offers excellent penetrating and loosening of frozen, rusted or stuck components. Dissolves dirt, grease and debris, while leaving a light lubricating film which helps prevent corrosion.

BioFlo AW Biodegradable Anti-Wear Hydraulic Fluid is formulated from readily biodegradable, high lubricity base oils coupled with nontoxic anti-wear and anti-corrosion additives. BioFlo AW reduces operating temperatures, friction and component wear in mobile and industrial hydraulics. Excellent thermal and oxidative stability assure superior service life with ­minimal viscosity change over a broad range of operating temperatures. Available in ISO grades 32, 46 and 68.

Foodstream BioFlo FG Biodegradable Food Grade is a readily biodegradable, high-pressure, anti-wear, hydraulic fluid for the food processing industry. BioFlo FG meets the guidelines for an H1 product for incidental food contact. Excellent lubricity and temperature stability provide efficient power transfer and superior service life. Available in ISO grades 32 and 46.

BioFlo UTF Biodegradable Universal Tractor Fluid is a readily biodegradable, high lubricity fluid, formulated to meet the requirements for Universal Tractor/Transmission Oil (UTTO), drive train, and hydraulic fluid. Reduces operating temperatures and component wear in industrial and mobile hydraulic systems. Provides excellent thermal and oxidative stability with minimal viscosity change.

BioGrease DR Biodegradable Drill Rod Grease is the ideal environmentally friendly solution for drill rod applications. Formulated from high purity vegetable oils and thickened with very shear stable lithium soap. Contains the latest in ashless, environmentally friendly, rust and anti-wear technology. Provides rust protection not only while the rod is in service, but also for extended periods while the rod is in storage. BioGrease DR improves water resistance, pumpability, and adhesion to the rod in service while minimizing torque.

BioGrease HD Biodegradable Heavy Duty Grease is a readily biodegradable, non-toxic Lithium 12-OH Stearate grease that provides high film strength, withstands high temperatures, maintains excellent stability, and extends lubricant life. BioGrease HD features high load-carrying capabilities and anti-wear characteristics with low water washout properties. Designed for heavy-duty use in industrial, mobile, and marine applications. Available in NLGI grades 1 and 2.

BioLube RD Biodegradable Heavy Duty Rock Drill Fluid is readily biodegradable, heavy duty drill lubricant for pneumatic tools, down-hole and surface drilling equipment. Natural polarity and tackiness additive allows the lubricant to adhere to tooling surfaces, reducing corrosion and wear in the presence of compressed air. Wear reduction greatly reduces premature bit shanking and lowers operating costs. 

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Topics: Lubricants, BioBlend