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Dennis K Burke joins with PQIA to Support Lubricant Product Integrity

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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Why are Environmentally Friendly Lubes Important for Vessels?

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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Are You Maximizing your Equipment's Efficiency?

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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Ethylene Glycol Demand Driving up Antifreeze Costs - Again

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

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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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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Fall Lubricants Pricing Specials for 2012

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 lubeorders@burkeoil.com to ask a question, or place an order.

Enjoy these last days of beautiful New England summer weather!

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Lube News September 2012 - BioBlend

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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Understanding API Certification

If you buy motor oil, you probably get frustrated sometimes with all the specifications and constant updates to product info... "Do I need a CI-4 a CJ-4 -whats the difference anyways? I know I need 15w40, but why? What is that anyways?"

API stands for American Petroleum Institute, a "national trade group representing all aspects of the oil and gas industries" according to their website .(As an aside their website www.api.org is a great resource for learning about current issues in energy and their impact). Anyway, API certifies that oils meet the requirements set forth by vehicle manufacturers through testing and sampling, etc.

You should ALWAYS DEMAND API Certified product!

The specific symbols and letters on API specs can be a little confusing, so I thought I'd link up a pretty good guide that gives an overview of what info you need to look for and what it means. You can get the guide online By Clicking Here

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