Dennis K Burke joins with PQIA to Support Lubricant Product Integrity

Posted by Kelly Burke on May 12, 2014 8:52:26 AM

We are proud to announce that we are now official supporters of the PQIA - the Petroleum Quality Institute of America. The Institute's focus is testing and ensuring that lubricants, transmission fluids, and motor oils available in the marketplace have been tested and verified to be of high quality.

PQIA issued a press release on our support, you can read that here: PQIA Dennis K Burke Press Release

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Topics: Lubricants, PQIA, lubricant quality testing

Oil Eater comes in Second Place in Waste Min's 2013 Industrial Degreaser Ratings

Posted by John Presti on Apr 2, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Oil Eater product line

 

The Waste Minimization forum (wastemin.com) recently published its "2013 Industrial Degreaser Ratings" report. They tested the top 15 general purpose degreasers/cleaners, then ranked their performance, reported their pricing, and any hazard warnings relevant to the products. You can read their entire infographic on the study here: http://www.wastemin.com/discuss/index.php?threads/industrial-degreaser-performance-ratings-how-the-top-15-degreasers-stack-up.6/#.UzsDeKhdVRY  - they had some interesting results that challenge some conventional wisdom on what makes a good cleaner/degreaser - definitely worth the read.

The number two finisher in their study was Oil Eater Cleaner and Degreaser (which we're proud to be a distributor of). Even better, they came in at half the cost of the first place finisher. Oil Eater is water based, non hazardous cleaner that can be used on anything from gettin grease stains out of laundry to truck washing, to brake parts cleaning. In the Waste Min study, Oil Eater also produced less rust than a traditional solvent based degreaser.  

If you want to learn more about Oil Eater you can visit their website at www.oileater.com or if you'd like try it out, we do have limited free samples available. Give us a call or fill out the contact form to the right for more info or to get a free sample while supplies last. 

 

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Topics: Oil Eater, Lube News

Why are Environmentally Friendly Lubes Important for Vessels?

Posted by John Presti on Mar 5, 2014 9:38:00 AM

There have been a lot of questions regarding Marine vessel lubricants and the VGP regulations on them, so we thought it would be a good idea to lay out some of the fundamentals on the topic. The VGP regulations on vessels requires that vessel operators replace conventional lubricants with environmentally friendly options whenever possible. 

The concern isn't so much spills as normal amounts of lubricants lost in vessel operation, such as from stern tubes. A 2011 study by the European Commission DG Joint Research Centre actually found that routine operational lubricant discharge created more pollution in the Mediterranean Sea than accidental spills did. That's pretty significant!

By using more environmentally friendly products, operators can minimize damage to the environment while still meeting lubrication needs. 

Key issues are if a product is biodegradeable - either readily or inherently, whether its toxic to the aquatic environment, and how much bioaccumulation compounds in the product cause (how much it will build up in living tissue over time). For example, conventional petroleum based lubricants have the potential to bioaccumulate, don't biodegrade well, and can be highly toxic to the aquatic environment. In contrast, PAG, synthetic ester, and vegetable oil based Environmentally friendly lubricants biodegrade readily, have low toxicity to the aquatic environment, and do not bioaccumulate. So in that context, it makes a lot of sense to switch as much vessel lubrication as possible away from conventional lubes. 

In future posts we'll get more in depth on what different products meet VGP requirements, as well as what different parts of the regulation mean to different businesses and vessel types.

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Topics: Environmentally Friendly Products, Lubricants, Marine Lubes, VGP

How is DEF Pricing Going to Look Going Forward?

Posted by John Presti on Jan 27, 2014 3:11:00 PM

According to farmfutures.com in their weekly review, Urea prices on the international market spiked this week, up over $120 per ton.  Futures were trending lower for the spring and summer months though, on hope that international supply issues could relieve some of the demand pressures  - hopefully that leads to a pull back in pricing over the next couple months, but time will tell. As you know, ammonia pricing also impacts DEF pricing, and the good news is those prices eased some this past week or stayed relatively stable anyways, depending on the individual market. (you can read more about the specifics on the Urea & ammonia market movements here: http://farmfutures.com/story-weekly-fertilizer-review-0-30765 )

 

Since DEF is 32.5% urea, price swings on the market impact the price of DEF. Urea is also used in agriculture for nitrogen-release fertilizer, so usually we see spikes in demand (and price) along with agricultural schedules. This recent spike appears to be more supply related.

 

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Topics: Commodities, DEF, Diesel Exhaust Fluid, Urea

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 lubeorders@burkeoil.com

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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 lubeorders@burkeoil.com

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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