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AMSOIL New Low Cost Oil Analysis
Option Offers Great Value
In order to provide
a cost-effective option, Oil Analyzers Inc. (OAI) has launched
a new Oil Analyzers Value Kit (KIT14) that focuses on the
most critical used-oil analysis tests. It provides less information
than traditional kits, but more focus on the areas of most
importance to our customers, and it effectively reveals whether
the oil is suitable for continued use.
The new used-oil
analysis kit focuses on oil thickness, corrosive wear potential,
wear metals and remaining oil additive components. These four
indicators give outstanding insight into the health of the
lubricating fluid and the potential for it to keep the
equipment well-lubricated and running smoothly. These areas
were chosen because they correlate with the reasons for almost
all engine lubricant-related failures:
1. Lack of oil
(not really the lubricant's fault, but it is a leading cause
2. Oil is too thin to effectively lubricate
3. Oil is too thick to effectively lubricate
4. Oil is overcome with acids and it leads to corrosive wear
(viscosity) at 100 degrees F is a common design measure for
lubricants. The most important property of lubricants is to
provide separation of metal surfaces. If oil becomes excessively thin, it can't
keep surfaces separated adequately, resulting in faster wear
or catastrophic damage as metal surfaces weld together and
tear apart. On the other hand, if oil becomes too thick, it can't be pumped to critical areas
fast enough, resulting in failure due to lack of oil.
The most recognizable
sign of lubricant breakdown is excessively thick oil, more
commonly called sludge. Time, temperature and chemical contaminants all contribute
to drive the reactions that thicken oil and lead to sludge
development. When oil first starts to degrade, it shows up in the oil thickness
(viscosity) test. As this reaction continues, oil becomes increasingly thicker, and finally ends up a sludgy mess. With
oil analysis, it is easy to see when a lubricant nears the
end of its useful life.
is the second area of focus in the new report. Just like when
you go too heavy on the Italian sausage and need some antacid
before bedtime, your engine is being fed a constant stream
of acids from combustion gases and acids that are produced
when materials in the oil break down. Antacid (detergent)
is built into the engine oil to neutralize these acids, but
there is only so much available. When it runs out, you get
an accumulation of acids that attack metal surfaces, resulting
in corroded surfaces that break up quickly when stressed.
This is measured with a test called TBN and TAN. TBN is total
base number and measures the acid-fighting capability left
in the oil. The higher the number, the more you have left.
TAN is total acid number. This test is used primarily with lubricants
that contain little detergent. TAN is typically run on hydraulic
or compressor fluids.
The last two areas
are related because they are measured on the same machine,
but they represent two different areas. Oil testing labs measure
the types and amounts of different materials in oil. Some
of these materials are beneficial components of the oil additive
system, and others are wear metals from the engine or contaminants.
The lab needs to know which oil you are testing to plug in the expected amounts of beneficial
oil additives for comparison. These materials (e.g., calcium/zinc)
need to stay in the oil so it continues to provide good protection.
On the other hand, there is always some level of wear, so
you always see some wear metals (e.g., iron, aluminum). It
is important to watch the rate at which these build in the
oil so that something causing the level to spike upward is
detected and corrected.
With the new test,
there are four key areas that can provide insight into the
condition of the oil. Oil thickness, corrosion potential,
wear metals and beneficial oil additives will be represented
by viscosity, TBN/TAN and ICP analysis (wear and additive
metal count) in your used-oil analysis report. AMSOIL Magazine
AMSOIL Signature Series
Synthetic Motor Oil
AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic
Motor Oils are formulated to meet the latest API SN Resource
Conserving and ILSAC GF-5 industry specifications. AMSOIL
Signature Series Oils include 0W-20, 0W-30, 5W-30 and 10W-30
and represent the very best motor oils AMSOIL has to offer,
allowing motorists to take advantage of maximum extended
drain intervals. AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic Motor
Oils are recommended for drain intervals of up to 25,000
miles/one year, whichever comes first (15,000 miles/one
year in severe service conditions).
here for more information
Synthetic Motor Oils offer the longest drain intervals
on the market, unsurpassed protection and performance that
effectively extends equipment life and improved fuel economy,
saving customers money at the pump and reducing the nation's
dependence on foreign oil.
The Presidents Desk
Synthetic Diesel Oil Articles and Testimonials
INC. warrants that the use of its lubricants will not cause
mechanical damage to any mechanically sound equipment when
AMSOIL INC. products are used in full compliance with the
company's recommendations and instructions."
synthetic motor oils are formulated to surpass engine test
specifications, offering protection far greater than competing
motor oils for extended drain intervals. Most synthetic oil
manufacturers make no claim to extended drain intervals, deferring
to the maintenance schedule provided by the vehicle manufacturer.
With its unparalleled oil and warranty program, AMSOIL offers
consumers unprecedented protection and economics.
More than 20 years
ago, AMSOIL began using the NOACK volatility test as a comparison
tool and measurement of quality. Back then, nearly every oil
tested side-by-side with AMSOIL synthetic motor oils failed,
and those that passed barely squeaked by. Other oil companies
paid no attention to NOACK results until Ford Motor Company
made it a requirement for service fill oils, validating what
AMSOIL had said all along.
NOACK Volatility Test
Volatility Test determines the evaporation loss
of lubricants in high temperature service. The more
motor oils vaporize, the thicker and heavier they become,
contributing to poor circulation, reduced fuel economy
and increased oil consumption, wear and emissions. AMSOIL
Synthetic Motor Oil resists high temperature volatization
better than other motor oils. AMSOIL Synthetic Motor
Oil maintains peak fuel efficiency and reduces oil consumption
AMSOIL Now An ISO Certified
received ISO 9001:2000 certification of our Quality Management
System (QMS). NSF International Strategic Registrations is
the registrar that has verified our QMS meets the requirements
of the ISO 9001:2000 standard, the most widely utilized quality
standard throughout the world for quality management systems.
ISO standards are used by over 300,000 companies worldwide
setting rigorous standards for businesses, government and
is applicable to any manufacturing and service organization
providing a framework for system development that focuses
on the customer, quality system performance and ongoing improvement.
AMSOIL received ISO 9001:2000 registration under the scope:
synthetic lubricants blending, packaging, and other fulfillment
directly associated with lubricant product.
certification puts AMSOIL in line with some of the most efficient
companies in the world. It is further assurance that the products
and services AMSOIL provides will continue to maintain the
high level of quality the company always demanded.
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