There are a wide range of performance levels among both readily biodegradable and petroleum-based lubricants. Operators have a wide array of options from less expensive, lower performance lubricants to high-end, high performing products. While care must be taken in choosing the appropriate product for the specific application, readily biodegradable products also fall into this range. It’s important to know that some readily biodegradable products provide higher performance results than petroleum-based ones. The unique formulas developed by RSC Bio Solutions’ chemists and engineers are designed to meet or exceed the performance attributes of any product on the market in terms of operating under a wide range of extreme temperature conditions, in high pressure applications, with long wear and fluid life and offering anticorrosive properties.
As categorized by ISO 6743, there are four types of biodegradable fluids:
- Hydraulic Environmental Triglycerides (HETG)
- Hydraulic Environmental Polyalkylene Glycols (HEPG)
- Hydraulic Environmental Synthetic Esters (HEES)
- Hydraulic Environmental PAO (Polyalphaolefins) and other Synthetic Hydrocarbon Products (HEPR)
No, the products need temperature, microbes and water to biodegrade.
RSC Bio Solutions’ lubricants have been approved by many OEMs for use in their equipment and either meet or exceed all OEM requirements. These lubricants perform as well as or better than petroleum-based products, which can play a major role in extending the life of equipment. Many OEMs are now approving use of and offering factory-filling of their equipment with RSC Bio Solutions’ readily biodegradable products.
The most critical consideration is that not all readily biodegradable products are the same. Be sure to select a vendor whose products are created through solid research, backed by guarantees and proven through extensive testing, field validation and 30+ years of experience in marine, offshore and industrial applications.
Reporting requirements vary based on use location and regulations. You should always report a spill and also notify the regulating entity (if required by law to do so) that it is a non-hazardous product spill and provide them with the safety data sheets if necessary. Cleanup costs and fine response could be much less severe as compared to spilling a hazardous product.