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AMSOIL Synthetic Compressor Oils Are Designed to Handle Severe Environments

Compressors are nearly everywhere.

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Mike Caruso
Technicle Product Manager, Drivetrain

Like fuel, water and electricity, compressed air is a vital utility that we depend on to support our daily lives. We don't receive a monthly compressed air bill from a utility company, so it's easy to forget how necessary and prevalent it is. Virtually every manufactured item requires compressed air for the creation of its raw materials, or for its assembly, production, packaging or shipping. We use compressed air at home to fill tires, run air tools, spray paint and keep basketballs from going flat.

Reciprocating compressors are the type you are most likely to encounter in your day-to-day activities. They are commonly found in the corner of a typical garage or the back room of a tire shop, and many of them require oil.

Reciprocating compressors use a piston and cylinder to compress air. A motor turns the crankshaft, causing the piston to move downward, pulling air into the cylinder past a one-way intake valve. The piston then moves up, squeezing the air until enough pressure is created to push it through an exhaust valve into a tank. This type of compressor turns on and off as needed to cool between cycles. Running a standard reciprocator constantly without giving it time to cool will result in overheating, which is a major cause of premature compressor failure.

To avoid overheating, the compressor should be sized appropriately for the tools it's intended to run. If the compressor is capable of putting out 2 cubic feet of air per minute(CFM), but the tool draws 4 CFM, the tool will only run well in spurts and the compressor will never shut off while you're using it. CFM is clearly identified in compressor and tool manuals or on the tools themselves, so there's no math to do. It's just as damaging when compressors sit idle for weeks, giving rust and corrosion an opportunity to start. Since compressors are about as exciting as vacuum cleaners to most people, undersized and underused units are very common. The real excitement comes when you have to write a $500-$800 check to replace a less than three-year-old compressor that should have lasted more than a decade. Good oil can go a long way toward keeping these neglected compressors running for years.

Besides providing basic lubrication, reciprocating compressor oils have to effectively deal with extreme heat and water - two potentially damaging byproducts of compressing air. Internal temperatures may range between 300°F and 400°F, accelerating oil deterioration and causing carbon to form on the valves and keep them from sealing. Most of the time this just gradually degrades compressor performance, but on rare occasions the carbon can become an ignition source for the oil air vapor in the cylinder, presenting an explosion hazard. It has happened. Water, on the other hand, will destroy the compressor as rust and corrosion attack the machine while it sits quietly in the garage.

Like our motor oils, AMSOIL compressor oils are designed to handle severe environments. The synthetic base oils provide greater oxidation resistance, lower carbon-forming tendencies and higher oil film strength than is possible with commonly used mineral oils. This extra protection will help protect the compressor when it's being pushed to its limit or if oil changes are neglected. Water is dealt with in two ways. First, it easily separates from the oil, allowing it to be drained from the sump. This is a benefit for larger compressors found in industrial facilities, but is not practical for machines that hold a quart of oil. For these machines, the best way to protect against water is to change the oil at the manufacturer's suggested drain interval and prevent rust and corrosion from starting regardless of the water situation. The high-quality anti-rust, anti-corrosion additives provided with AMSOIL compressor oils go a long way toward protecting the compressor through extended periods of idleness.

We are often asked which oil should be used in reciprocating compressors. By far the most common oil listed in reciprocating compressor manuals is non-detergent ISO VG 100 or SAE 30/40 oil. When these are listed, AMSOIL ISO 100, SAE 30/40 Synthetic Compressor Oil (PCK) is the recommended product. We make it easy by listing all the viscosities on the quart label. Published, AMSOIL Magazine 04/15.


AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil

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).

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Premium AMSOIL 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.


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AMSOIL 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.


Another AMSOIL First

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.


THE NOACK Volatility Test
The NOACK 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 and emissions.

AMSOIL Now An ISO Certified Manufacturer
AMSOIL recently 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 industry.

ISO 9001:2000 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.

The ISO 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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