Bio-derived base stocks aren’t the only way to go green. Researchers are upping the environmental ante with additives, too.
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Kiara joined LNG Publishing in November 2015. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras with a BA in Information and Journalism. During her undergraduate studies, she wrote and was assistant editor for the digital newspaper of a journalism students association, and later worked for the University of Puerto Rico’s official newspaper, “Diálogo”. Kiara also handled written communications as an intern at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. As an editorial assistant, Kiara worked with the editorial team for Lube Report and Lube Report Asia; currently, she is assistant editor for Lubes’n’Greases magazine.
Research and development and technical managers pave the way for better formulations and can expect to be rewarded accordingly, at least for the 64 respondents who offered a glimpse into their compensation to the 2018 Lubes’n’Greases Lubricants Industry Salary Survey.
Starting next year, passenger car and heavy-duty diesel engine oils sold in Mexico will be required to meet standards that minimize oil degradation, reduce emissions and increase drain intervals. The certification comes at a time when the Latin American country aims to keep unprofessional players off the market.
R&D and technical managers pave the way for better formulations and can expect to be rewarded accordingly.
Tightening phosphorus limits are putting the squeeze on the tried and true antiwear additive. Could ionic liquids help fill the gap?
Plant managers at lube manufacturing plants and distribution facilities are compensated handsomely for overseeing a complex operation day in and day out, gauging from the 75 respondents who provided anonymous insights to the Lubes’n’Greases 2018 Lubricants Industry Salary Survey.
The 2018 Lubricants Industry Salary Survey showed higher salaries for lube plant managers. Plus, a peek at how CEO pay compares to the average lube company worker.
Higher pressures and loads on construction equipment have hydraulic fluid formulators digging for something more than high V.I. to uncover better efficiency.
As policies encouraging lower emissions and higher-efficiency equipment influence the types of fuels used to meet rising energy demand, methane and other waste gases in municipal landfills can be harnessed to generate electricity, which could increase demand for gas piston engines and, by extension, gas engine oil additives.
Environmental regulations, restrictions on chemical use and new lubricant options and machining methods have upped the ante for metalworking fluid formulators and managers to adapt to a rapidly evolving and complex market using long-term solutions instead of short-term goals, an industry insider said at a conference last week in Minneapolis.
A city’s trash can also be an energy treasure trove, as long as the oils protecting landfill gas engines are able to keep contaminants at bay.
Base oil producers in the United States pumped out 64.9 million barrels of base oils in 2017, making it the second-best production year in a decade. This represents 4.3 million more barrels than the 2016 total of 60.6 million barrels, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data released at the end of February.
Many thought the storm’s destruction spelled doom and gloom for domestic base oil volumes in 2017, but producers sprinted past several obstacles to reach the second-best year in a decade.
Some marketers have finally banished glugging, the messy scourge that plagues DIY oil changers.
Researchers and formulators have an ear against the safe that holds reliable wear protection in ultra-low-viscosity oils. Can the right combination of base stocks open the door?