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Fluid Management: Hydraulic Oils - Doug's Tip of the Month

A common question amongst maintenance personnel is around the life expectancy of our Hydraulic Oils in their machines. For the most part, many maintenance personnel say that they expect a very short time because of the aggressive environment surrounding the manufacturing equipment.

And this is true if we recognize that the oil will suffer just two adverse effects in the equipment: Contamination & Degradation.

Premium hydraulic oils are capable of maintaining their initial characteristics and protect the equipment for a very long time…..even several years in a properly designed hydraulic system and with a proactive maintenance program.

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6 areas to help extend the life of Hydraulic fluid while protecting equipment:

1.-Choose the Right Product:

A few Premium Hydraulic fluids characteristics:

  1. Advanced Technologies in Base Oils and Additives:
    1. Keep the oil and system clean
    2. Have Outstanding contamination control
    3. Have Exceptional protection against wear
    4. Control demulsibility

2.-Prevent Contamination:

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  2. Change from metal screen breathers to a desiccant breather.
  3. Use proper Filtration and filters with an Absolute Ratio β according to your needs.
  4. Segregate type of lubricants to prevent compatibility concerns.
  5. Consolidate Inventory of Lubricants.
  6. Fix leaks and the air intrusion in the equipment.
  7. Do not use after-market additives or mix products.
  8. Identify and ‘Lube Tag’ the equipment and the oil being used.

3.-Avoid Waste

  1. Repair leaks
  2. Use the golden rule: The right product in the right place with the right amount.

4.-Protect against deterioration:

  1. Maintain proper storage and handling of hydraulic fluids.
  2. In outside storage, stack drums horizontally or upside down to prevent water contamination
  3. Monitor equipment operation to avoid: high temperatures, excessive air exposure, static or electric discharges.

5.-Extend Useful Life

  1. Purchase Premium products to meet your equipment’s needs.
  2. Determine the optimum practical drain interval.
  3. Establish a system of simple checks in the field to assure the integrity of the oil and its operations – Send in routine used oil samples to a laboratory.

6.-Personnel Training on Lubricants

  1. Training generates experience and this is the base of an optimum use and preservation of the lubricants and the benefits that can be achieved.
  2. Do not let unauthorized/inexperienced people handle lubricants.
  3. Hydraulic lube oils are the heart and soul of your equipment and maintaining a staff that can take proper oil samples and interpret the laboratory testing results will pay huge dividends back to any operation.

 

 

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Maintaining Proper Oil Levels - Doug's Tip of the Month

Maintaining Proper Oil Levels in Reservoirs, Sumps, Gearboxes and Crank case

Whether the case is Automotive – (engines, transmission, differentials), Gearboxes, Circulating Systems or Pumps; maintaining proper oil levels in reservoirs and sumps is imperative for both the equipment and oil life.

When oil levels are too low, machine wear and damage can occur very rapidly. There may be an increase in friction due to the lack of lubricating boundary film and/or viscosity changes from increased fluid temperatures. The lack of oil can lead to metal-to-metal contact which can in turn cause wear. This wear mechanism, known as spalling, pitting, smearing and seizing, all of which are forms of Adhesive Wear, are most common from metal to metal contact.

When oil levels are too high, it mainly can affect the lubricant and its properties, but can also cause damage to equipment. Oil levels that are too high for long periods of time can result in the machine or equipment aerating or churning the oil. Oil that has been aerated can change viscosity, speed up oxidation, and use up additives. When equipment or machines are run in these conditions, the lubricating film strength weakens, boundary conditions form and damage to the equipment can occur.

Implementing proper programs and procedures to continually monitor and maintain oil levels will result in longer fluid life and equipment life. Properly training personnel on how to “Monitor and Maintain Fluid Levels” through dip sticks, sight glasses or other methods determined by the OEM can produce higher productivity and less down time. Checking the oil for proper levels at regular intervals will help to ensure long life for both the equipment and the oil.

 

 

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Lubricant Storage & Handling - Doug's Tip of the Month

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One of the most important but overlooked aspects of proper lubricants and lubrication,  is storage, handling and transport of the lubricants.

Storage of lubricants should be in proper containers, which are clearly labeled, to aid in preventing cross contamination.

  • All openings on bulk storage or drum containers should always be kept closed with proper venting, preferably with desiccant breathers. Desiccant breathers help prevent the ingression of contaminants, both in the air such as dust or dirt as well as water content from humidity or a moist environment.
  • Containers should be kept in an area with adequate lighting and ventilation.
  • Lubricants should always be stored with proper containment in case of a spill.
  • Storage areas should always be clean and free of clutter.

Handling and Transport of lubricants should always be in airtight, sealed, color-coded, and clearly labeled container. As part of handling of the lubricants, filtration should be considered.

  • Proper filtration should be used to move lubricants to bulk storage and then again from bulk storage to the transport container.  
  • Optimally, the lubricant should be filtered again before going into the equipment.
  • Filtering systems and carts should have designated pumps and hoses to aid in preventing cross contamination.
  • Filtering lubricants and maintaining clean oil can extend the life of the lubricant as well as extend the life of the equipment being lubricated. An acceptable level of cleanliness is established via the ISO Cleanliness code which is determined by the OEM of the equipment being lubricated.

Improper handling and/or storage of lubricants can easily result in cross-contamination or cross-mixing of oils, which can be very detrimental not only to the lubricant, but also the equipment that it is lubricating. Improper mixing of lubricants can cause oxidation, additive loss, and changes to viscosity.   

If you were to cross contaminate a Gear Oil and an R&O Hydraulic fluid, for example, where only a hydraulic fluid was required it could result in the gear oil attacking (chemically corroding) yellow metals that are found in bearing materials. This is due to the EP – (Extreme Pressure additives) found in Gear Oils. On the other hand, diluting the EP additives in gear oil with an R&O Hydraulic fluid could result in inadequate lubrication for a heavily loaded gear set where Gear Oil is required.

With any lubricant, proper storage and handling should always be the best practice. Keep in mind, that it is easier and less expensive to keep contaminants from entering a lubricant and/or prevent cross contamination, than it is to remove the contaminants or solve the cross contamination issue after the fact.


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DKB Now Stocks Protection First Class Products

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We're excited to officially announce that we are a distributor for Berkebile's 2+2 product line, which includes Protection First Class products. We have brake parts cleaner, white grease, aerosol grease, and PFC - Protection First Class Undercoating. 

The PFC Undercoating protects against corrosion and rust and it stays translucent so it does not impede diagnosing any vehicle issues, unlike some other products. Application is so straightforward that its DIY with compressed air. 

We have had a lot of positive feedback on the product so far, and anticipate that the customers testing out the PFC undercoating are going to have a much better experience this winter in terms of undercarriage protection than those who don't get their fleet covered before the salt and sand starts covering the New England roads. 

This stuff is fantastic for a diverse group of customers - auto repair shops have added it to their service menus, bus and transport companies are using it to protect their fleets on the road, and landscape contractors have had a lot of success protecting plows and equipment from corrosion. 

This fall we were able to have meetings with customers where a vendor rep demonstrated the product application process and answered any questions that came up. If that sounds like something that would help with your decision making process on these products, let us know and we can coordinate a demo & meeting at your facility. 

For more info on PFC Undercoating, this page has a ton of information on both the undercoating, and other PFC products for your vehicles & equipment - PFC Product Info  - or you can watch the video below for more specific info on undercoating:

 

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DKB Becomes Northeast Distributor for Phillips 66/Kendall

Dennis K Burke is proud to announce that we are now the Phillips 66/Kendall Lubricants distributor for the Northeast. Kendall has been on the forefront of advances in lubricant product technology since the early 1900's and we are excited to be able to offer their premium, cutting edge products to our customers.  

For more information about Phillips 66/Kendall Lubricants product offerings, please visit  https://www.kendallmotoroil.com/ or feel free to reach out to the office (800-289-2875) or your Dennis K Burke representative for more information.

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DKB becomes Petro-Canada distributor for the Northeastern U.S.

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Dennis K Burke, Inc is pleased to announce that we are now a Petro-Canada distibutor for the Northeastern United States!

For over 30 years, Petro-Canada has developed and produced top quality lubricant products, and we are excited to join with them to deliver these options to our customers throughout the Northeastern U.S.

We will be offering the full suite of Petro-Canada products, from trailer loads of bulk lubricants to cases of grease tubes, so whatever your shop or fleet requires to keep running at optimum levels, we have it!

For more information on Petro-Canada products, check their website here: https://lubricants.petro-canada.com/en-US or contact us at lubeorders@burkeoil.com 

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DKB joins NESSARA


We just got this in the mail - NESSARA, or the New England Service Station and Automotive Repair Association is a non profit group that works very hard on behalf of small, independent service stations, repair facilities, and similar companies in the industry to keep them informed of policy changes that can affect their business, and lobbies  against legislation that hurts small business' bottom lines. 

(You can read more about NESSARA here: http://nessara.org/index.php )

 

 

 

Nessara certificate for Dennis K. Burke Inc. Circa 2014

 

 

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

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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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Don't Forget to beat the DEF Increase!

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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DEF Pricing Specials for December 2012

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 lubeorders@burkeoil.com 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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