RSC Bio Solutions Featured by Pile Buck


Read Pile Buck’s interview with RSC Bio Solutions, a leader in high-performing Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) including hydraulic fluids, gear oils, and water-resistant greases for marine and land applications.


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Why EALs (in Three Minutes) with Dr. Larry Beaver



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RSC Bio Included in Marine News MN 100


RSC BIO SOLUTIONS is excited to share its inclusion in Marine News 2021 MN 100 List as a leading company serving the North American shallow draft market (Workboat | Offshore| Inland Marine| Coastal Marine). Thanks to Editor, Eric Haun and the Marine Link team for recognizing our company!


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RSC Bio’s Doug Adams on possibilities for re-refining engine oil


 

Reprinted TLT August 21 Feature with permission

Re-refining and chemical recycling processes can turn used oil and plastic waste into usable products.

There are two broad approaches to motor oil recycling: re-refining and chemical recycling.

  • Re-refining aims to extend the fluid’s utility for another generation and avoid releasing it as a pollutant into the environment.
  • Chemical recycling breaks down plastic waste into smaller components to be used as base oils in new products.

Refining crude oil for industrial use relies on separation processes like centrifuging and distillation to remove impurities and separate small and large hydrocarbons for use in different applications. In order to turn used oil into desirable products, plants can use similar approaches to those applied to crude oil to remove unwanted particles and sort degraded hydrocarbons from usable ones.

There are two broad approaches to motor oil recycling: re-refining and chemical recycling. Re-refining aims to extend the fluid’s utility for another generation and avoid releasing it as a pollutant into the environment, while chemical recycling starts with breaking down the hydrocarbons that gave the former oil its unique properties in order to create feedstock for a wide variety of new products. Both approaches start with removing contaminants like dirt and metal particles from the fluid. Acid treatments trap greases and gums suspended in the fluid, while separation techniques like sedimentation, filtration and decantation remove them later, along with heavier sediments and metals. Chemical recycling then goes even further to return value to the used lubricant by breaking down the hydrocarbons into simple feedstocks that can then be used as components of other products.

Large recycling services tend to focus on the spent hydrocarbon streams that produce the greatest volume of recyclable materials, partly in order to secure a place in the broader petrochemical value chain. Scott Miller, senior vice president of refinery operations at Safety-Kleen, says the company collects some 200 million gallons of used motor oil per year in the U.S. and Canada. “[Recycled] oil’s quality is directly linked to the quality of used motor oils which are collected,” explains Miller. “As OEMs have continued to progress their lubricant quality requirements, today’s engine oils begin with a minimum quality level of Group II, which increases up to Group III and PAOs.”

Each re-refining process adds a layer of complexity to the already intricate role of base oils in industrial use, making the precise environmental impact of a particular final product even more difficult to ascertain. Re-refined base oils inherently don’t qualify as environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs), though they do have the benefit of reducing the volume of used-oil waste that returns to the earth. STLE member Douglas J. Adams, senior product development chemist at RSC Bio Solutions, says the requirements for each designation of EAL are sharply defined by the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA), formerly the Vessel General Permit (VGP), based on their base oil types.

Base fluids that are prescribed for use in EALs are triglycerides, synthetic esters, polyalkylene glycols and PAO and related hydrocarbons. Adams explains, “Used oils are oxidized, often containing acidic compounds in addition to metals like zinc and antimony as well as biocides or other toxic components that are present in the used oils.” Additionally, Adams says, each used oil requires the addition of new components to make up for any depletion that cannot be removed by re-refining. The result? “Re-refined mineral oils can be used to successfully formulate standard mineral oil-based lubricants; however, these lubricants could not be classified as EALs,” says Adams.

 

 


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Singapore, RSC Bio Has You Covered


Please join us in welcoming Wing Hau CHIA to our Global Marine team in the position of Business Development Manager covering Singapore and APAC beyond.  Wing Hau brings more than 12 years marine experience with ABB Marine, General Electric Power Conversion, Trafotek Marine Power Conversion and Damen Shipyard Gorinchem, Wing Hau has the technical and commercial expertise to help operators successfully incorporate FUTERRA™ and EnviroLogic® EALs into fleets and equipment.

 


Pile Buck & RSC Bio on Best-in-Class Oil Monitoring and Analysis Programs


Many factors come into play when you are evaluating lubricant options for your fleet. These factors include original equipment manufacturers’ recommendations and approvals, quality, intended application or use, operating conditions, required performance, oil life and price. But there is another very important factor that is often overlooked — how to evaluate lubricant effectiveness once it’s in use.

Pile Buck and RSC Bio take a deep dive into the importance of an oil analysis program and highlight best practices you can apply as you establish your program. If you already have an oil analysis program in place, these best practices are a great benchmark to ensure your program is primed for success.

The feature article begins on page 74.


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Marine Propulsion: Lubricant Selection, Performance, and Monitoring Best Practices



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Pile Buck Vol 37, Issue 1: The Impact of Water in Hydraulic Systems



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A New Accelerant + Macro Trends Impacting Sustainable Technology Adoption


By Mike Guggenheimer, President & CEO

Since RSC Bio Solutions sits on the leading edge with sustainable technologies and solutions, I am often asked for my view of whether the trend is accelerating and by how much. In a recent conversation with a fellow leader looking at macro trends on this topic, I found myself landing on a clear view which until recently was more opaque. I will preface this as my perspective, and I would welcome the opportunity to compare notes, discuss and share more about what is happening.

Essentially, there are a handful of factors that are causing the move towards green tech – which have been developing slowly for years – to pick up steam. . . and one new twist that I believe is adding the most horsepower to the trend and really starting to change the pace of change.

For much of our nearly 40 years in this space, the use of sustainable and green solutions was limited to a niche of lead users and early adopters. Initial industry solutions (e.g., early bio lubricants) were very expensive and performed poorly, so companies would only adopt them when regulated.  But over the last decade the following trends have transitioned the niche into a viable segment, which is growing faster than the rest of the market:

  • Technological improvements – green tech that works – sometimes better than – conventional counterparts.
  • Experience curve, new materials, and economies of scale bringing costs down.
  • Increasing regulations, globally.
  • Increasing incentives, savings, and other rewards for adopting green tech
  • Social media and speed of global communication increasing the risk associated with a negative environmental event or exposure.
  • More prominent corporate sustainability goals and objectives are an integral part of long-term strategy and a tool to impact internal culture and talent acquisition as well as company financial performance.

There are other factors for sure, but these have been the top factors from RSC Bio’s perspective. They are continuing to gain momentum as more companies we work with are driven by these issues.

So, what is the new factor starting to dwarf the 6 above? The investor community. The most notable example is BlackRock, an investor controlling around $9 trillion. The largest and arguably the most influential investor in the world.  For the second year in a row, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, in his annual letter has made the argument that a focus on sustainability goals will be a defining factor in companies’ long-term prospects because “the creation of sustainable index investments has enabled a massive acceleration of capital towards companies better prepared to address climate risk.” He is not saying that BlackRock wants to invest in companies that focus on sustainability because it is the right thing today—he is saying those companies are the better bet in the long run and this factor will lead to a “fundamental reshaping of finance”.  Companies focusing on sustainability goals are already outperforming their peers and the world’s largest investor expects that to accelerate.

So, yes, there are several factors I see supporting the adoption of green tech such as continuous improvement in performance and cost, as well as increasing regulations and incentives. But, with an increasing awareness that green (environmental) technology, as part of an overall approach to sustainability, leads to superior long term financial performance, the adoption curve is going to rapidly accelerate in the years ahead.  Companies that fail to recognize this, will be left in the dust.


New Distribution Partner – KSH – Serving South Korea


Announcing RSC Bio’s newest EnviroLogic® and Futerra™ lubricants distribution partner based in Hwaseong, South Korea for Marine and Industrial applications in South Korea.

KSH serves many industries and market including:

      • Deep Water Marine – container, bulker, tanker, RORO, passenger, military, Oil&Gas vessels
      • Inland marine – river and dredging vessels
      • Shipbuilding and Repairs – new vessel construction, repairs, capability enhancements
      • Industrial – heavy equipment, hydropower, waterworks, agriculture, public works, military, railroads.

Welcome to the RSC Bio Solutions team, KSH!


Pile Buck Vol 36, Issue 6: Choosing the Right EAL for Your Application



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LUBES’N’GREASES: Mandated Marine Lubes Vary Widely


Government requirements for environmentally acceptable lubricants are relatively simple, but performance properties of products available to the shipping industry can vary widely, according to speakers at a recent online event.

Speakers from several suppliers of biobased base oils and lubricants market shared insights during Marine Maritime Media’s Nov. 23 webinar, “Bio-lubricants for marine vessels and auxiliary equipment: a better return on investment.” They advised ship operators to understand the lubrication needs of their equipment as well as the chemical and performance properties of products on the market before making their selections.

The U.S. Vessel General Permit policy regulates discharges caused by normal operations of commercial vessels in U.S. territorial waters and the Great Lakes. It includes specific requirements for products used to lubricate stern tubes and other equipment that may be immersed in seawater or that may otherwise come in to direct contact with it, referred to as oil-to-water or oil-to-sea interfaces. Commercial vessels longer than 79 feet must use environmentally acceptable lubricants in all oil-to-sea interfaces, such as controllable pitch propellers, azimuth thrusters and paddle wheel propulsion systems. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defined these lubes as biodegradable and minimally-toxic and as not bio-accumulative.

Kevin Duncan, market applications specialist – energy technologies for Croda Europe, noted that environmentally acceptable lubricants are a viable and effective option for lubrication, but he added that it is important to understand the differences between different products. Key ISO classifications include hydraulic environmental triglycerides, hydraulic environmental ester oil synthetic, polyakylene glycol base such as polyglycol, and hydraulic environmental polyalphaolefin and related products.

Key factors such as oxidation stability and hydrolytic stability can vary between each classification, and within different producers under each classification. These differences underscore the importance of careful selection, he said. Oxidation stability and hydrolytic stability help slow oil degradation. Another desired effect of the oil, film forming behavior, helps eliminate engineering issues. Together, these help minimize the risk of equipment failure, Duncan said.

Ian Nielsen, strategic account representative for RSC Bio Solutions, noted that each type of hydraulic fluid is characterized by the chemical composition of its base oil. For example, those made with triglyceride base oil offer superior lubricity but rank lower in resistance to oxidation and water. Those made with PAOs and synthetic hydrocarbons offer the strongest oxidation and water resistances, superior lubricity and broad seal compatibility.

Don Gregory, technical director for Gulf Oil Marine, said biobased lubricants may be more sustainable, and they meet requirements because they are biodegradable, non-toxic and not bio-accumulative. Their high polarity makes them excellent lubricants, he noted, and they typically offer a high viscosity index. He emphasized that when considering a changeover in stern tube lubricants, it is important to check suitability of the formulation for the application and to check the compatibility with the previous lubricant. Draining – and if possible purging or manually cleaning – the system is important, he said, to remove all residues of the previous lubricant. It’s also important to change lubricant filters prior to refilling and to ensure any potential sources of external contaminants are eliminated, Gregory said.


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Maritime Reporter: RSC Bio Grows Its Team and Distribution


RSC Bio Solutions announced team expansions in several key geographic areas, as well as expanded distribution coverage. Hideki Tominga and Alhareth Shahen are joining as business development managers, Thomas TO is joining as a Technical Business Consultant, and Miranda Lo and Cherl Minot are coming on board in customer support functions. David Simpson has been promoted to lead global business development activities for the marine and offshore division.

“We are proud to be playing a leadership role in developing innovative solutions to address the accelerating challenges heavy equipment and maritime operators face today,” said Mike Guggenheimer, President and CEO of RSC Bio Solutions. “As we respond to growing demand, we are expanding our team in key regions with an extremely talented group that brings deep technical and market knowledge, which is essential to our business model.”

As part of the overall expansion effort, RSC Bio Solutions is increasing its distribution and supply chain coverage in EMEA and APAC. The business had relied on a single global marine distribution and sales partner but recently shifted its strategy to team with strong regional distributor partners, increase its own stock levels in key hubs, and dramatically advance its overall technical support capabilities direct with end users to better meet the accelerating demand.

“Over nearly four decades of experience delivering PAO and synthetic hydrocarbon related technologies, we have developed a reputation for technical and product expertise,” Guggenheimer said. “We have found a sweet spot between ensuring we have extremely high levels of technical and delivery service while maintaining a direct connection with the users of our technology. Our partners increasingly are relying on RSC Bio Solutions personnel to develop strategic roadmaps to mitigate risk and plan for a future where sustainability is no longer optional.”

Thomas Ka-Lok TO is based in Hong Kong and brings over 30 years of tribology and engineering experience, including significant depth in marine lubricant technologies with ExxonMobil, Gulf Oil Marine, Unimarine and Hyundai Oilbank. As a Technical Business Consultant, he will provide technical support to our customers in the APAC region and play a key role on both R&D projects and OEM relationships globally.

Miranda Lo is also based in Hong Kong and as an Account Executive will directly support our customers there, while assisting the RSC Bio Solutions global supply chain and customer service team with oversight of operational activity in APAC. She brings over 15 years of experience in Marine and Oil and Gas segments with responsibilities ranging from sales to customer service and supply chain management with Gulf Oil Marine and TOTAL.

Hideki Tominaga is based in Japan and will be responsible for all commercial relationships in Japan. He brings over 35 years of experience in commercial roles associated with highly technical products, including elastomers, lubricants, additives, and other specialty chemicals in industrial, automotive, and marine markets. Over 25 years of his career was with ExxonMobil and most recently Tominaga led sales and market planning for a leading marine distributor of technical chemical products.

Alhareth Shahen is based in Hamburg and will be responsible for marine and offshore business development in EMEA. Shahen has over 10 years of maritime experience with a strong technical background with a BS in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture. Most recently he worked with Wilhelmsen Ships Service, as a technical sales leader responsible for the lubricant product line.

Cherl Minott joins the team in the Charlotte headquarters location, expanding RSC Bio Solutions customer solutions capacity. She brings over 5 years of experience in customer service roles with a degree in communications.

David Simpson joined RSC Bio Solutions in early 2020, bringing extensive experience in offshore and marine segments with nearly 20 years of experience in operations, maintenance, and project management with the Royal Navy and a leading jack-up and wind installation vessel operator. In late 2020 he was promoted to Business Development Director to lead the growing Marine team and business.


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RSC Bio Solutions Announces Marine Business Development and Distribution Team Regional Expansions to Meet Growing Global Demand for its Lubricants


RSC Bio Solutions is as leading green technology company, helping global marine and industrial fleets prepare for the future with advanced, sustainable solutions that refuse to sacrifice performance.

INDIAN TRAIL, NC, USA – To meet the growing demand for its offerings around the world, RSC Bio Solutions is excited to announce team expansions in several key geographic areas, as well as expanded distribution coverage. Hideki Tominga and Alhareth Shahen are joining as business development managers, Thomas TO is joining as a Technical Business Consultant, and Miranda Lo and Cherl Minot are coming on board in customer support functions. David Simpson has been promoted to lead global business development activities for the marine and offshore division.

“We are proud to be playing a leadership role in developing innovative solutions to address the accelerating challenges heavy equipment and maritime operators face today,” said Mike Guggenheimer, President and CEO of RSC Bio Solutions. “As we respond to growing demand, we are expanding our team in key regions with an extremely talented group that brings deep technical and market knowledge, which is essential to our business model.”

As part of the overall expansion effort, RSC Bio Solutions is significantly increasing its distribution and supply chain coverage in EMEA and APAC. The business had relied on a single global marine distribution and sales partner but recently shifted its strategy to team with strong regional distributor partners, increase its own stock levels in key hubs, and dramatically advance its overall technical support capabilities direct with end users to better meet the accelerating demand.

“Over nearly four (4) decades of experience delivering PAO and synthetic hydrocarbon related technologies, we have developed a reputation for technical and product expertise,” said Mr. Guggenheimer. “We have found a sweet spot between ensuring we have extremely high levels of technical and delivery service while maintaining a direct connection with the users of our technology.  Our partners increasingly are relying on RSC Bio Solutions personnel to develop strategic roadmaps to mitigate risk and plan for a future where sustainability is no longer optional.”

Thomas Ka-Lok TO – Mr. TO is based in Hong Kong and brings over 30 years of tribology and engineering experience, including significant depth in marine lubricant technologies with ExxonMobil, Gulf Oil Marine, Unimarine and Hyundai Oilbank.  As a Technical Business Consultant, he will provide technical support to our customers in the APAC region and play a key role on both R&D projects and OEM relationships globally.

Miranda Lo – Ms. Lo is also based in Hong Kong and as an Account Executive will directly support our customers there, while assisting the RSC Bio Solutions global supply chain and customer service team with oversight of operational activity in APAC.  She brings over 15 years of experience in Marine and Oil and Gas segments with responsibilities ranging from sales to customer service and supply chain management with Gulf Oil Marine and TOTAL.

Hideki Tominaga – Mr. Tominaga is based in Japan and will be responsible for all commercial relationships in Japan.  He brings over 35 years of experience in commercial roles associated with highly technical products, including elastomers, lubricants, additives, and other specialty chemicals in industrial, automotive, and marine markets. Over 25 years of his career was with ExxonMobil and most recently Mr. Tominaga led sales and market planning for a leading marine distributor of technical chemical products.

Alhareth Shahen – Mr. Shahen is based in Hamburg and will be responsible for marine and offshore business development in EMEA. Mr. Shahen has over 10 years of maritime experience with a strong technical background with a BS in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture. Most recently he worked with Wilhelmsen Ships Service, as a technical sales leader responsible for the lubricant product line.

Cherl Minott – Ms. Minott joins the team in the Charlotte headquarters location, expanding RSC Bio Solutions customer solutions capacity. She brings over 5 years of experience in customer service roles with a degree in communications.

David Simpson – Mr. Simpson joined RSC Bio Solutions in early 2020, bringing extensive experience in offshore and marine segments with nearly 20 years of experience in operations, maintenance, and project management with the Royal Navy and a leading jack-up and wind installation vessel operator. In late 2020 he was promoted to Business Development Director to lead the growing Marine team and business.

 About RSC Bio Solutions

RSC Bio Solutions is a portfolio company of Blumenthal Holdings and a global leader in sustainable technology for marine and industrial markets with four decades of experience in the most demanding applications.  The company is committed to helping global operators reduce environmental risk, increase uptime, and chart a path to a more sustainable future with technologies that rival the performance and compatibility of the best petroleum-based products.  For more information visit our website www.rscbio.com or to learn more about our latest project to help businesses keep employees and customer safer, visit www.clean-safely.com.


Riviera Media: Bio-lubricants and the benefits of advanced engineering


Bio-lubricants can offer more advanced lubricant technology than petroleum-derived alternatives, according to experts speaking at Riviera’s Bio-lubricants for marine vessels and auxiliary equipment: a better return on investment webinar. Read the highlights here or access the webinar via our Events listing.


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STLE: Biolubricants definitions, key applications and prospects for growth


RSC Bio’s VP of Technology, Dr. Larry Beaver, was recently interviewed by STLE on market outlook for biolubricants along with key criteria and applications for these advanced technology, more sustainable alternatives to mineral oil-based  lubricants.


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Equipment and Contracting on Pumpable Greases for Environmentally Sensitive Applications


Demand for EALs that can be sprayed or pumped long distances onto metal surfaces to reduce friction and provide corrosion protection is strong. The likelihood of softer grades of greases entering the environment are greater since most greases that are NLGI 0 or NLGI 00 grades solubilize and wash off at the point of lubrication.


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NEW! EnviroLogic® Greases 0, 00 WREP – Pumpable Greases for Environmentally Sensitive Applications


EnviroLogic® Greases 0, 00 WREP

Pumpable Greases for use in Environmentally Sensitive Applications  

 By Douglas Adams, Senior Product Development Chemist

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development begins next year. As we approach 2021, the need for high performance EALs for the Marine and Offshore markets has increased and RSC Bio Solutions has products to meet and exceed what’s required for these applications.

Demand for EALs that can be sprayed or pumped long distances onto metal surfaces to reduce friction and provide corrosion protection is strong. The likelihood of softer grades of greases entering the environment are greater since most greases that are NLGI 0 or NLGI 00 grades solubilize and wash off at the point of lubrication.

The EnviroLogic® WREP family of greases are VGP compliant and possess a high degree of film strength that enables adherence to steel surfaces. The film strength is best illustrated with the Salt Fog test which measures protection of a steel panel (ASTM B 117) with an application of EnviroLogic® 00 WREP.  The steel panel coated with this grease did not develop any corrosion in the test area after 1,500 hours. Most NLGI 0, 00 grade greases made with mineral oil fail the Salt Fog test in less than 20 hours.

EnviroLogic 0, 00 WREP greases flow readily at room temperature and maintain their ability to lubricate as demonstrated by their exceptionally low Four Ball Wear results of 0.40 mm or less.

The thin film of these greases prevents corrosion, provides extreme pressure and anti-wear protection to steel surfaces when being pumped in a centralized system for long distances in an application like RORO (Roll On Roll Off) latches on ships.

High quality Environmentally Acceptable Greases like the EnviroLogic® WREP 0 and WREP 00 greases can also be sprayed under pressure onto wire ropes, rail switch plates and can be applied using most air pressurized applicators.

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Splash 24/7 on Choosing the Right EAL


The editors at Splash 24/7 highlighted RSC Bio Solutions for it’s leadership in helping to educate Marine operators on how to select the right EAL for the job.


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Pile Buck on New EnviroLogic WREP 1 Grease


This newly introduced grease outperforms other wire rope and jack up leg greases in the market and is also compatible with automated wire rope cleaning and lubrication systems such as Viper.


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New! EnviroLogic® Multi-Purpose Grease 2


By Douglas Adams, Senior Product Development Chemist

There is a growing emphasis on the use of high performance, Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) that align well to sustainability strategies of companies which reduce operating and reputational risks including industrial and mining applications.

EnviroLogic® Multi-Purpose Grease 2 is a cost effective, versatile, biodegradable lubricant that can be used in many applications to reduce wear and friction. This lubricant will seal out contaminants like water and debris in chassis and general-purpose applications.

Too often greases that qualify as EALs must be re-applied frequently to perform like mineral oil-based greases. Some of the reason that frequent reapplication is required are:

Unstable thickener formation – Some base oils do not effectively solubilize the thickener, which causes excessive oil bleed and grease softening.

Minimal amounts of extreme pressure and anti-wear additives in the formulation to reduce cost and meet EAL requirements will not durably protect the equipment to which it is applied.

Many EAL greases are not formulated with effective polymers, and consequently do not withstand direct water spray resulting in wash off.

EnviroLogic® Multi-Purpose Grease 2 is an Extreme Pressure grease designed to replace mineral oil-based greases that can be used in similar applications and reduce wear and friction.

This lithium complex grease is well suited to high humidity environments due to the polymers, steel and copper corrosion inhibitors included in our formula to provide a barrier to corrosion that will extend the life of the equipment that it is applied.   Additionally, it is compatible with most greases in the market, so changeover is easier.

At RSC Bio, we understand the performance demanded in industrial and mining applications and have designed our grease products to deliver performance without environmental tradeoffs.  Let us help you Solve Smarter.

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NEW EnviroLogic® Grease 1 WREP Applications in Wind Turbine Installation and Service


 by Douglas Adams, Senior Product Development Chemist

Wind Turbines are a renewable and sustainable alternative for electricity generation and the use of high performance, Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) in installation and maintenance of wind turbines aligns well to the overall sustainability mission.  Let’s review applications for EnviroLogic Grease 1 WREP (water resistant, extreme pressure high performance) and why it is a better choice than commonly used coatings on the market today.

 Jack Up Legs

Jack Up boats are effective in shallow water to stabilize the vessel while the Wind turbine components are hoisted into position during the installation process and servicing. During normal operation of a Jack Up boat, three Jack Up legs are raised or lowered in the water to stabilize the vessel during which time EnviroLogic Grease 1 WREP is self-applied from stationary rings surrounding each leg to lubricate and protect the legs from corrosion and excessive wear.

Wire Ropes

The cranes that are used to hoist the parts from the Jack Up boat during installation and service of wind turbines most often utilize steel wire ropes. The maintenance of wire ropes in marine environments has long been a difficult task due to the need for the lubricant to penetrate the outer and inner wire strands, provide extreme pressure protection and prevent corrosion.

The EnviroLogic Grease WREP family of greases has been thoroughly evaluated in terms of steel corrosion with ASTM B 117 Salt Fog test and no corrosion was detected in the test area after 1,000 hours. EnviroLogic WREP family of greases has been used on wire ropes effectively for over three years with only positive feedback.

To safely ensure optimal lubrication of wire rope, the first step is to clean the cable before introducing a flowable lubricant which can penetrate beyond outer strands through to the inner strands of the wire rope.

 VIPER Wire Rope Cleaning and  Lubrication System

RSC Bio Solutions has teamed with Viper to offer our customers a wire rope cleaning and lubrication system proven to consistently provide lubrication to both the outer and inner strands of wire in the wire rope and extend wire rope life significantly.

The Viper system was developed specifically for wire rope applications; first it removes any debris that accumulates on used wire rope and then, as the cable passes through the Viper System, EnviroLogic Grease 1 WREP is applied under air pressure into and onto the wire rope penetrating enabling penetration beyond outer strands.

EnviroLogic Grease 1 WREP was engineered specifically to flow at lower temperatures and penetrate wire ropes more consistently.  Its adhesive characteristics enable EnviroLogic Grease 1 WREP to remain on the cable longer, retain its flexibility as a lubricant and offers 400 kgf Four Ball Weld that reduces the friction between the steel wires.

Many of the products offered for wire ropes are not lubricants at all – offering little to no extreme pressure protection and frequently cracking under flex. To learn more about EnviroLogic Grease1 WREP and Viper lubrication systems or how it compares to your current coating product, contact RSC Bio technical representatives to help your company Solve Smarter.

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Basic Chemistry Principles Will Make Cleaning Your Home Easier


You don’t need to know how to balance a chemical equation (remember that?), but understanding some science jargon can help. Read more from experts interviewed including Dr. Larry Beaver, VP R&D at RSC Bio Solutions.


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Maritime CEO Profiles Mike Guggenheimer, RSC Bio CEO


“At its core, Bio is about proving to the world that great biotechnology delivers a financial business case for using sustainable technology,” says Mike Guggenheimer, the company’s CEO.


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We Have You Covered


by Scott Sickmiller,

Vice President, Operations

One late afternoon recently, our sales representative fielded a call from a global marine operator who had a vessel headed to Asia Pacific with a stern tube system issue urgently necessitating the need for new lubricant.  The system issue was reportedly due to use of a HEES  (hydraulic fluid environmental synthetic ester) lubricant from an oil major that didn’t stand up to the performance demanded and support wasn’t readily available from the HEES fluid supplier.

Our sales rep, working in concert with RSC Technical Service and Operations teams in Cleveland, Ohio, and Charlotte, NC, was able quickly confirm the necessary stern tube and seal OEM approvals, ship the critically needed 8 drums of Futerra™ Hydraulic Fluid 100 iso grade product to deliver port side within 10 hours of the first call from the operator.  We are now assisting the operator with routine sampling, monitoring and analysis of the Futerra lubricant to provided added peace of mind.

In addition to offering only advanced performance, environmentally acceptable lubricants, RSC Bio Solutions offers best in class service, support and the most comprehensive OEM approval set in the Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants category.

Please get in touch with the team at sales@rscbio.com if you would like to learn more about EALs, the effects of water on many types of lubricants and equipment, or oil monitoring and analysis services.

EALs Overview

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American Bureau of Shipping Adds Thymox to Covid 19 Response Measures


The American Bureau of Shipping just added Thymox – the active ingredient in RSC Bio’s Bioesque Disinfectant Solution (https://rscbio.com/blog/product/bioesque-disinfectants/)  – to the October update of its Guidance Notes for Response Measures for Covid 19 for the Marine and Offshore Industries. Let the experienced Marine team at RSC Bio Solutions help you protect your biggest asset – your employees – and keep your Operations moving forward.


Pile Buck / EnviroLogic WREP 2 Grease


The latest of edition of PileBuck (Volume 36, Issue 4 2020) spotlights EnviroLogic WREP 2 grease and its formulator, Doug Adams, on page 142.


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BUSINESSES CAN CLEAN WITH CONFIDENCE WITH NEW CLEAN SAFELY PLATFORM POWERED BY RSC BIO SOLUTIONS


INDIAN TRAIL, NC – The new Clean Safely platform powered by RSC Bio Solutions launched today, providing curated solutions that meet the escalating challenge to safely eliminate viral threats in public, commercial, and industrial spaces. A legacy company with 30 years of experience in the high-performance sustainable space for both marine and land applications, RSC Bio Solutions has a successful history of developing environmentally-friendly products for diverse industry applications.

Clean Safely offers businesses a future-proof protocol to clean with confidence. RSC Bio Solutions designed Clean Safely as a holistic solution to simplify what has recently posed a complex challenge for multiple industry sectors, including manufacturing and distribution, transportation, governments and municipalities, and healthcare, senior and childcare facilities. By focusing the three pillars of cleaning, disinfecting and maintaining, the protocol breaks down these processes into easy-to-manage steps, supported by high-performance products.

“There is so much noise and confusion surrounding how to clean and disinfect public premises that we decided to turn our in-depth industry knowledge into curating simple, clear-cut solutions,” said Mike Guggenheimer, RSC Bio Solutions’ President and CEO. “We see our role as a trusted advisor with the expertise and products to help businesses and industries prepare spaces to open safely and efficiently, keep operations moving and maintain clean and safe working environments during re-opening and for the future.”

Clean Safely products have been thoroughly vetted by the RSC Bio Solutions research and development team and selected based on their versatility, ease of use and effectiveness. The platform was built for flexibility in order to tailor individualized protocols that meet specific industry requirements pertaining to space, frequency, manpower and equipment.

The first component of Clean Safely always focuses on the essential – but often overlooked – step of deep cleaning surfaces to ensure they are free of the dust, grime and dirt that attract viral and bacterial particles. For example, the protocol’s EnviroLogic CSR-2000 Cleaner is meant for large surface areas and industrial use. For smaller spaces, the company’s widely-recognized GUNK brand Biodegradable General Purpose Cleaner and Degreaser in a ready-to-use trigger spray bottle and GUNK Multi-Purpose Wipes are effective for quick and easy application.

After the overall surface is clean, the next step in Clean Safely is to disinfect the area. The platform features the sanitizer and disinfectant cleaner BIOESQUE, which is unique in the marketplace because it does not require rinsing, even on food contact surfaces. BIOESQUE is registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Broad-Spectrum Botanical Disinfectant Solution and is also registered in the NSF International Nonfood Compounds Registration Program. It has an efficacy of 99.99 percent sanitation for killing a full range of disease-causing viruses, including Human Coronavirus, in one minute. It provides the same level of sanitation for bacteria, fungi and molds.

“Our best defense against another outbreak is shared knowledge, best-in-class products and the discipline to follow strict industry-appropriate protocol,” said Larry Beaver, Ph.D., Clean Safely Vice President of Research and Development. “As technologists with a long history of performance in environmental technology, we are uniquely qualified to curate this holistic platform and enter the space of safe, healthy and high-performing cleaning and disinfecting solutions.”

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RSC Bio Solutions Partners with TeleSwivel & GSA


Here at RSC Bio Solutions, we are excited to share our recent partnership with TeleSwivel – a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) founded in 2009. With this partnership, RSC Bio’s full range of high performance, environmentally preferable lubricants are now available to government customers at the GSA Advantage e-commerce site.
TeleSwivel (TS) works with a select group of manufacturing partners to bring high value solutions to government fleets that enhance safety, help meet sustainment goals, and increase the return on fleet assets. TS sales, marketing, and distribution services deliver value to government fleet managers who may not be aware of TS partners’ technology. TS offers these products to customers at all levels of government through Cooperative Purchasing terms on all products on the Company’s Government Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contract.

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EnviroLogic® Grease 2 WREP, A Water Resistant and Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant


by Douglas Adams,

Senior Product Development Chemist

I have been formulating finished lubricants, additives, and additive packages for nearly 30 years.  When I was assigned the project to develop a high performance, water resistant grease that also had to be an Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant (EAL), it took all my experience and knowledge to accomplish this mission.

First, what is an EAL and how does one locate the raw materials to develop an EAL?

EALs are defined by EPA Vessel General Permit as:

1) biodegradable by 60% or more in 28 days

2) minimally toxic to defined marine species

3) must not bio-accumulate in the fatty tissue of fish.

Raw materials that can be used to formulate EALs are described on the European Ecolabel Lubricant Substance Classification list or LuSC list.

My next step was to formulate the LuSC-listed components into a grease that could deliver best in class performance and remain stable over time.

The grease was designed with marine environments and operating areas that are close to the water in mind, so the grease had to remain on the metal surface when the surface is sprayed with water, submerged in water or water is constantly being reintroduced on to the lubricant and metal surface in the form of mist or fog. Recent technological developments enabled me to address increasing the grease film strength to attain better performance with water.

Most greases in this market had water spray off results of 50% or more resulting in the need for increased re-lubrication frequency to improve corrosion protection.  While this has been the industry solution, that work around is expensive for operators.

I then chose a lithium complex grease that had a very good upper operating temperature of 450°F (232°C) as the thickener. Lithium-based greases account for over 75% of the grease market and due to the fact that our grease is a lithium complex type, it is likely to be compatible with lithium-based greases that are currently in use. The benefit for operators using this grease for the first time is that there will be minimal to no changeover or compatibility issues.

Next, using the information from the LuSC list, I developed a base fluid and additives that could meet or exceed other key performance goals.

Many times, film strength is accomplished through the use of thick, viscous materials that do not perform well at low temperatures. I took a different path with EnviroLogic Grease 2 WREP, so it meets industry standards on the Low Temperature Torque Test at -40°C.  The Extreme Pressure aspect of this grease is due to the 400 kgf Four Ball Weld result along with the 0.46 mm Four Ball Wear scar. The Timken, OK Load is a 55# Pass.

The result was the development of EnviroLogic Grease 2 WREP (Water Resistant Extreme Pressure) which possesses an industry-leading water spray off performance of 4%.  Due to the exceptional film strength of this grease, the ASTM salt fog test ran for over 1,000 hours with no visible corrosion on the cold-rolled steel surface.

RSC Bio offers best in class lubricants and greases like EnviroLogic Grease 2 WREP to protect your equipment in operation or during stacking – helping operators Solve Smarter.

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Beyond the Crisis: Emerging Themes to Factor into Business Readiness


by Mike Guggenheimer

CEO, RSC Bio Solutions

As responses to contain the COVID-19 crisis continue and phased reopening and recovery begin, there are a few consistent themes emerging within our customer base that I believe will endure beyond the initial responses. Clearly, right now, customers are placing a priority on the immediate demands of disinfecting facilities to prevent or respond to  positive cases, providing essential protective gear to front line staff, and building a strategy to safely re-enter buildings after months of working remotely.  I am proud of the work our team has completed to rapidly respond to these urgent customer needs. After things start to get back to something that resembles normal, I believe there are a few business readiness factors that are going to move up the priority planning list for the longer term:

Healthy environments – This recent crisis has increased the awareness of how important it will be to maintain not only a safe work environment, but also a healthy one. This means proper protocols for deep cleaning and disinfecting, management of air quality, and efficient tools for maintaining common areas that could be exposed to new threats. It could also be paying more attention to the employee and environmental hazards on products being utilized. This is not only something to keep businesses running smoothly, but also something employees will see as a critical factor in their individual satisfaction and comfort at work.

Supply chain stability – As the COVID-19 crisis began to spread around the world, global supply chains were and still are significantly disrupted. Companies dependent on sourcing raw materials or finished good from areas that were completely shutdown were hit with delays and supply shocks. Companies may rely more on local sources, dual sourcing, or vendors that have strong supply chain networks.

Resiliency and future-ready – Many have been caught off guard by this crisis. To some extent, this was unavoidable, but companies may take a closer look at sources that are sustainable, products that are versatile, and partners that are nimble and responsive.

It is hard to imagine some things not changing permanently from a crisis of this magnitude.  I do not know if face masks will become the norm or airplanes will remove the middle seat (I am hoping for that one!), but I am pretty confident we will be looking at things differently for a long  time.

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Idling Offshore Assets and Equipment with Less Disruption and Cost


Idling Offshore Assets and Equipment with Less Disruption and Cost

by Jan Verdaasdonk, Technical Business Consultant, RSC Bio Solutions

The offshore oil and gas industry has been slowly recovering from the last downturn in 2014 that savaged the industry. The current COVID-19 crisis and related decrease in global demand for crude, combined with the lack of cooperation between the major producers to limit production, has resulted in an unprecedented decline in oil prices.

How do operators respond to this crisis? How long is this downturn going to last? What is the best strategy to get through this extremely difficult period? These are all questions that undoubtedly go through the minds of managers working in the offshore industry.

A consequence of low oil prices will be offshore rigs taken out of service at the expiry or cancellation of current contracts. With virtually no new work available, a suitable asset strategy needs to be implemented to weather this storm. There are three scenarios for rigs coming of contract: scrapping, cold stacking and warm stacking.

Scrapping is the most likely scenario for old outdated rigs, with limited remaining economic lifetimes. This scenario will cost the least in the long run, but obviously reduces your number of assets and capabilities long term and will require cash outlay in the short term. With the current closure of many country borders, it can be difficult to secure a scrapping slot at an approved scrapping yard and securing transport from the current operational area to the scrapping location will dependent on availability.

Warm Stacking, the common short-term solution for rigs between jobs, can also be used if the downturn is expected to be short to medium term. The ongoing operational cost of the rig will be higher. In the range of USD$40,000 to 70,000 per day depending on the rig and its location. Class requirements for surveys will continue as per normal.

Cold stacking is used for rigs that are still valuable to keep within the company, but there is no near-term contract available for them. The cost to stack the rig is many millions and the same to re-activate or return to service. The upside is that the daily operational cost goes down significantly to USD$3,000-10,000 per day. To cold stack rigs properly, a lot of preservation work needs to be performed as the rigs are effectively shut down – with the exception of some emergency equipment like firefighting and bilge pumps. Equipment needs to be properly protected against corrosion and seizing, so water-based fluids will be drained and replaced with inhibitors, lubricants need to be checked for longevity and tendency to develop acids over time. Upon re-activation the inhibiters need to be replaced with the correct viscosity fluids and the lubricants need to be tested for operational suitability. Class requirements for survey will be changed depending on stacking methodology and class society.

RSC Bio can help you Solve Smarter with the appropriate choices of lubricants and greases to protect your equipment during stacking in a cost-efficient way, with improved reactivation costs. RSC Bio Solutions products are:

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RSC BIO SOLUTIONS IS PARTNERING WITH BIOESQUE®


RSC BIO SOLUTIONS IS PARTNERING WITH BIOESQUE® to bring the benefits of nature to address the demanding and ever-changing needs of commercial customers that need to tackle COVID – SARS – 2


Mask Three C’s


PRACTICING THE THREE C’s – Masks and how to use them
Larry G. Beaver, Ph.D.
RSC Bio Solutions

I’ve worked in and around chemical laboratories all my adult life, from college to graduate school and then on to industry, so the use of personal protective equipment has been a matter of everyday life for me. Regulations and company policy (and common sense) always dictated to me what I must wear to protect myself from harm in the laboratory. A lab coat, safety glasses or goggles and chemical-resistant gloves have always been part of my everyday life. What I have used less frequently over the years are masks. Fume hoods in the lab prevented my exposure to inhaling dangerous chemicals. But today, things are different for me and the rest of the world. With pathogens such as the virus that causes COVID-19 widespread, it’s time that we all evaluated the need for masks outside of the laboratory environment. For those of you unfamiliar with masks and how they work, this can be a confusing time. With some online research and discussions with your healthcare provider as well as the information below you can be more informed about what it takes to protect yourself and your families from airborne pathogens such as mold, bacteria, and viruses. It’s relatively easy if you just remember the three C’s: Choose, Construction, and Cleanliness.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT MASK
Masks are really meant to do one thing: prevent you from inhaling into your body something that would cause you physical harm. Masks are meant to cover both the nose and the mouth to offer filtration of the air entering your body. Generally, masks are categorized as to what level of protection they provide. Some protect against inhalation of dust, some against chemical fumes, and some against exposure to pathogens such as mold spores, bacteria, or viruses. Choose the right mask that gives the protection you need. Masks range from simple, inexpensive, disposable paper dust masks such as those you see used by wood workers and painters all the way up to the complex self-contained “moon suits” used in microbiology laboratories studying hazardous bacteria and viruses. Simple inexpensive paper masks are adequate to protect against inhalation of particulates such as dust, sawdust and paint particles, but offer no protection against chemical fumes and viruses. None of us can afford to buy (or maintain) a full “moon suit” and it wouldn’t be practical for grocery shopping even if we could. So somewhere in the middle is a match that offers the best balance of protection and practicality. Some masks are designed to protect you and some are designed to protect others from you. Read the technical information about the mask to determine the types of dangers it will protect you against.
CONSTRUCTION AND FIT
To offer real protection, a mask must filter all the air entering your nose and mouth, so a good fit is important. The mask must offer adequate coverage on your face. A good fit over the bridge of the nose is important. And if you have a beard, this might impact the design of the mask you choose. If the mask doesn’t fit correctly, air leaks around it and you lose some protection.
Design impacts comfort and convenience. Do your research and choose a mask that fits well, offers the protection that you need and is relatively comfortable to use. Check the specifications to see if it passes enough air to be comfortable. This is particularly important if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, or any condition that restricts your breathing. Always consult your healthcare provider about what type of mask is best for you if you have difficulty breathing. Some of us who are a bit claustrophobic also take special care to select a mask that offers both protection and high airflow. And finally, use the mask. It will do you no good in your pocket. Wear it wherever and whenever necessary to protect yourself. And always follow the manufacturer’s directions for use of the mask.
CLEANLINESS
A dirty mask can be uncomfortable and smell bad. Maintaining the usefulness of your mask is important to its effectiveness. A mask that you don’t want to wear because it’s nasty does you no good. Keep your mask clean and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning and maintaining your mask for maximum effectiveness. Don’t use harsh cleaners that might damage the mask. Repair or replace it if it gets damaged. Damage that causes loose fit or holes in the mask compromises its effectiveness. Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for use and care of your mask. And remember, when cleaning a mask, protect yourself against anything on the outside of the mask and that might be released by the cleaning process by using rubber or nitrile gloves during cleaning. And wash your hands afterward.
I hope this information will be helpful to you as you choose and use masks to protect yourself and your employees. For additional information on protection during this COVID-19 outbreak see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines (CDC) at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html


Why Clean First?


SANITIZING SURFACES: WHY CLEAN, THEN DISINFECT?

Larry Beaver, Ph.D.

RSC Bio Solutions

In these trying times, we are all looking for better ways to keep our homes and workplaces safer.  Often sanitizing (making clean and hygienic) living and work spaces was a consideration only after other more basic, more superficial cleaning needs were met.  The current crisis has brought more attention to cleaning and disinfection of surfaces to not only enhance appearance, but to ensure our safety.  Now it’s not just about appearance; our health is at stake.

Health and safety experts agree that thorough cleaning and disinfection of living and work spaces, including public areas such as lobbies, transit areas, stores, churches and medical facilities is critical to fighting the spread of pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, and mold.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide extensive guidelines for cleaning and disinfection, currently focusing on preventing the spread of COVID-19 (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/disinfecting-your-home.html).  This is a timely reminder for all of us that cleaning is a fundamental first step in preparing surfaces for effective use of a disinfectant.

Why is cleaning so critical?  Why not just spray everything with disinfectant?  Why can’t I just clean the surface – it’s just like washing my hands, right?  Facts show, and the CDC, World Health Organization (WHO), and medical professionals agree that cleaning surfaces and then disinfecting them are more effective at fighting disease when used together than when either method is used alone.

Cleaning removes the soils, grease and grime (even when not visible to the naked eye) that harbor and in some cases feed bacteria, mold, and viruses and can serve as a physical barrier, preventing disinfectant from penetrating and killing the pathogens.  Some pathogens create a protective biofilm barrier around themselves.  So even clean-looking surfaces can harbor a biofilm filled with pathogens.  Effective cleaning can physically remove this these barriers from surfaces, leaving behind a much lower loading of pathogens that are now easier to kill since their protective environment has been scrubbed away.

Another benefit to cleaning beyond just physical removal of the pathogens is seen in the way that soaps and detergents can react with some pathogens.  Soaps and detergents are both surfactants (chemical-speak for “surface-active agents”).  Surfactants can chemically disrupt the cell walls of some pathogens and kill them.  This is a side benefit of the cleaning step:  physically wash away much of the danger and kill many of the weak ones that remain prior to application of a disinfectant.

But cleaning alone is only part of the solution.  Some of those remaining pathogens (COVID-19 for instance) are very resistant to the effect of surfactants.  Any virus that remains on the surface following cleaning is still active.  A disinfection step is necessary to kill these remaining viruses and any other pathogens not mechanically removed by the prior cleaning step.  Not only can effective cleaning as a first step remove much of the problem, it makes disinfection more effective because the protection offered by dirt, grease, and grime has been removed.  This is why cleaning and then disinfecting, in that order, are so critical:  cleaning alone cannot remove the pathogens and a disinfectant alone is less effective when dirt and grime or biofilm on a surface serve to encase and protect the pathogens.

Used together, cleaning followed by effective application of a disinfection is an effective weapon against transmission of disease and is a critical part of the disease prevention protocols recommended by the CDC and WHO (https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public).


Partnership with MacDermid Offshore Solutions


We are excited to announce a global distribution partnership with MacDermid Offshore Solutions to bring advanced technology, EAL lubricant solutions to the offshore industry.

 


Global Biolubricant Market Analysis study by Merkle & Sears


I recently was able to read the Global Biolubricant Market Analysis study from Merkle & Sears, published in March.  It really is exciting to see the progress the overall industry is making, and the growth expectations Merkle & Sears has for the market in the years to come.  Here are some major takeaways from my standpoint, as I perused the research.

  • It’s big and growing fast. The market for bio lubricants is expected to nearly double to over $3.0 billion in 2024, an 8.8% CAGR.  Much of this is supported by the rising environmental concerns and regulations, but the study first points out the improved performance, efficiency, and safety biolubricants offer.  The study states that “bio lubricant products are in great demand because of the advantages they offer over mineral oil based lubricants”.
  • The adoption of biolubricants is broad-based. The study addresses a very wide range of industries, applications and geographies that have already reached a decent scale.  This market isn’t isolated to a few niche segments.
  • Bio-hydrocarbons and HEPR biolubricants are still flying under the radar. The study points out the clear advantages of PAOs and synthetic hydrocarbons but fails to recognize that there is a growing class of high performance bio hydrocarbons that address environmental concerns and the requirements of emerging regulations with the same performance advantages of a PAO.

As markets mature, the collective knowledge of developing industries can be spotty.  Even research organizations can struggle to fully understand what’s happening, especially in terms of technology.  While the study acknowledges significant technological improvements, it fails to fully explain the advanced options that now exist to address the most demanding of industrial applications.

Ultimately, though, these studies plus the collective discussions and education coming from the biobased lubricant players themselves, will evolve and continue to demystify this growing market.

Warmest Regards,

Mike Guggenheimer

CEO, RSC Bio Solutions


Every drop in the ocean counts


Dubai, 7 March 2018

101 delegates from the Middle East maritime community attended a captivating IMarEST UAE branch seminar presented by RSC Bio Solutions addressing the EPA requirements in the revised VGP for Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants. The message was clear – Ensuring compliance is not enough, performance equally matters.

In the opening Introduction, Nikeel Idnani (Honorary Secretary IMarEST UAE branch) explained the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Vessel General Permit which regulates discharges from commercial ships to protect the nation’s water from ship-borne pollutants. As such, Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants must be used onboard in any oil-to-sea interface. He candidly admitted that it was a tall order considering the challenge for each shipowner trading in US waters will be to consider which lubricants on board its vessels shall be changed to EALs and when, or alternatively to decide not to do so as this is deemed ‘technically infeasible’.

Dr. Larry G. Beaver (VP R&D, RSC Bio Solutions, USA) & Mr. Ian Nielsen (Marketing Manager, RSC Bio Solutions, USA) broke the genre mold with their team presentation of ‘FUTERRA – An EAL with a difference’. At the onset Larry explained what is and what is not an EAL, identifying that not all EAL are created equal. They assured the audience that meeting the VGP requirements is technically feasible by utilizing RSC Bio Solutions series of readily biodegradable lubricants which comply with the 2013 EPA VGP, are non-sheening and are biodegradable by 60% within 28 days causing negligible impact to the marine environment.  Ian stressed that while regulatory compliance is important, ships also need lubricants that meet with onboard equipment’s harsh performance demands. He went into details of the FUTERRA HF Series renewable hydrocarbon hydraulic fluids which are Ecolabel certified and formulated to withstand extreme conditions and corrosion while operating in severe environments. Typical applications include stern tubes, controllable pitch propellers, stabilizers and various deck equipment.

Larry then explained EnviroLogic GO Series readily biodegradable synthetic gear oils which are formulated for harsh marine applications. Thrusters, controllable pitch propellers and ancillary equipment are some of the typical applications that use gear oils. Similarly, EnviroLogic Grease 0 biodegradable Lithium Complex grease is designed for multi-purpose use in harsh marine applications, including RO/RO ramp latches, steering gear and centralized pump systems with extended distances.

Larry touched upon the requirement of an EAL to be ‘minimally toxic’. That evoked an off the wall question from a delegate regarding the effect on aquatic life if an EAL leaked into the sea. Larry responded with tongue in cheek – “I cant speak for the fish”.

Larry emphasized that besides regulatory drivers, sustainability of the environment e.g. voluntary ISO14001 certification as well as creating a competitive commercial edge and reduced port fees prompts smart ship operators to use hydraulic fluids that offer extreme durability, maximum compatibility, broadest regulatory compliance and environmental risk reduction.

The speakers unreservedly let their passion for the subject shine through. They were honest with the audience about what was important to them and why it mattered, connecting wholeheartedly with everyone present. With numerous questions and comments from the floor, it was evident that the delegates were very appreciative of the information.The pleasant evening culminated with cocktails and dinner at the rooftop poolside of the Hotel Ramada Jumeirah. 


Choosing Safer Fluids for Marine Projects


We all want to be safe. Safety regulators want us and our employees to return safely home from a day’s work. Both governments and NGO’s (non-governmental organizations) press for more regulations that mandate less environmental impact as we operate piledriving equipment in marine or estuarian environments.

What is a “safer” fluid for piledriving projects? In a nutshell, it’s a grease, oil, hydraulic fluid, or cleaner that has less potential for environmental impact than a traditional lubricant (or cleaner). Until recently, many of these safer products all came with serious technical flaws. Today, there are better choices with fewer (if any) unacceptable tradeoffs.


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The Problem of Oil Washed Overboard from Hydraulic Deck Equipment


Regulations and Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs): Marine Applications that Use EALs

EALs should replace traditional petroleum lubricants in all marine applications where there is any oil-to-water interface. Marine vessels contain a variety of equipment that require lubricants, oils or greases. The oil-to-water interfacing equipment includes stern tubes, stabilizers, thrusters, rudders, propellers, bow thrusters, etc.

While legislation has not yet mandated the use of EAL in deck equipment, it is recommended by the EPA in the 2013 VGP to use biodegradable lubricants.Applicable deck equipment includes deck cranes, winches, mooring drums, windlasses, capstans, emergency towing arrangements, hatch covers, etc.


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Benefits of Effective Oil Analysis


Many factors come into play when you’re evaluating lubricant options for your fleet, including: quality, intended application or use, performance, oil life and price. However, there’s another very important factor that’s often overlooked-evaluating lubricant effectiveness once it’s in use. Take a look at our infographic to learn more about the benefits of an effective oil analysis program.


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Broadcast Maritime & Safety of Doe Maar Duurzaam (Act Sustainable)


The waterways and the marine environment are under pressure. Now that it is started to become clear to what scale our waters has been contaminated, and still are, the urgency to act is getting bigger. A technology, and with that biologically degradable products, does exist that works exactly like (or even perform better) the traditional mineral oils. The products are so equivalent that they do not require any further adjustments of the existing system. It’s in fact a 1 on 1 Drop in Replacement. How this works exactly, Ian Nielsen from RSC Bio Solutions shows us.


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The Importance of an Effective Oil Analysis Program


Many factors come into play when evaluating lubricant options for your fleet. These factors include: quality, intended application or use, performance, oil life and price. But there’s another very important factor that’s often overlooked—how to evaluate lubricant effectiveness once it’s in use. This article will take a deep dive into the importance of an oil analysis program and highlight best practices you can apply as you establish your program.


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OEM Approval Pathway and Challenges


When a product is launched, there is no bigger affirmation of its commitment to performance than receiving approvals from major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

Whenever we, at RSC Bio Solutions, launch a new product, we always do so with our customers’ and end-users’ needs in mind. We are committed to providing not only the best products for the environment, but also products that guarantee the best performance from your equipment. Continuing to receive OEM approvals for our biodegradable lubricants is of high priority for our team and ensures safety and high performance of your equipment.

The Path to OEM Approvals

The pathway to OEM approval is often wrought with challenges to be overcome. The challenges range from finding the proper contacts to learning the particular OEM’s approval requirements and processes. For starters, because many OEMs require multiple tribology benchmarks (various FZG tests, 4-ball wear, micro-pitting and pump testing) before proceeding with testing, these benchmark tests at times must be repeated, thus adding more time and cost to the approval process.

Once the benchmark tests have gained approval, the actual testing can take six months or longer because many OEMs only run tests on small scale equipment which varies from one OEM to another. Additionally, qualifying fluids is not a top priority for OEMs, meaning cost, timing, and opportunities must be proactively approached throughout the approval process.

Many OEMs require multiple seal approvals, which can trigger more testing. Because each OEM utilizes various blends of rubber for their seals, you cannot predict the outcomes in testing. Some seal materials are solvent (oil) resistant, while others are not.  In addition, some lubricant manufacturers do not house the equipment needed to test, therefore products cannot be screened prior to testing and must rely on the OEM’s initial results.

Furthermore, test results often vary in both time and temperature since there are no consistent test specification standards used across all OEMs. This means, in addition to each OEM’s unique specifications, the volume and hardness of a seal is variable with final specifications at the discretion of the testing OEM.

At times, some OEMs may have four to five seal compounds to test and you must pass all to gain approval. In addition, some OEMs require all viscosity grades to be tested, adding extra cost, and if one viscosity grade fails, none are approved.

Finally, another consideration is timing.  Since OEMs are worldwide, this can add more time to the process and therefore opportunities must be carefully evaluated for cost and significance.

With all this in mind, our goal is providing sustainable solutions enabling you, our customers and end-users, to meet the demanding needs of your operations, and so we continue to overcome these challenges, pressing on toward successful approval.

OEM Approvals in the Marine Industry

Compared to other industries, the marine lubrication industry does not have standard performance specifications to which equipment vendors adhere. Individual manufacturers follow their own unique set of lubrication specification standards among a mass of equipment models uniquely designed with trademarked features and seals, making across the board performance specifications virtually impossible. Ultimately, responsibility rests on equipment manufacturers who must evaluate their equipment’s compatibility with existing Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs). New EALs can be approved and utilized only when they are listed on OEM equipment specs, thus lubricant manufacturers depend on the approval of equipment OEMs.

OEM Approvals in the Land-Based Industries

As with OEM Approvals for the marine industry, the challenges are similar for land-based industries. There are limited industry-wide regulations regarding the use of EALs (i.e. Parker/Denison HF-6 and Eaton/Vickers 35VQ25), though there are projects which specify the use of EALs. This, of course, makes OEMs the gatekeepers and lubricant manufactures dependent on their approval. On top of that, understanding that hydraulic systems and fluids are crucial components of a healthy operation, managers want to know whether a particular fluid will continue to provide all the protection the user’s equipment requires.

Hydraulic fluid specifications are not enough to assure the hydraulic fluid used in the operations will provide adequate protection over the desired timeframe. Specifications provide a basis for performance, but the reality in today’s environment is equipment demands have increased, which has in turn increased the needs for the fluid to perform properly in much harsher conditions.

OEMs make recommendations based on a variety of factors, including the particular component, the operating environment, and price-to-cost ratios. In many instances, the OEM makes its decision for a specific reason. However, lubricants directly impact more than 50 percent of maintenance costs; for this reason, equipment operators should not be shy about seeking the best possible solution for their situation. The key is to be armed with good data and utilize all available resources.

Approved – Delivering the Best

RSC Bio Solutions has numerous approved products in both marine and land-based industries. We continue to have successful multi-year field use in each area. Our high-performance products meet specifications in a variety of equipment on land and sea. Our specially formulated products are biodegradable and designed to reduce the risk of damage and maintain smooth operation of your equipment leading to less downtime, increasing your productivity, and your bottom line – while reducing risk to the environment. RSC Bio Solutions’ FUTERRAand EnviroLogic® series have extensive OEM approvals for both marine and land applications. Click on one of the links below to see the full list of our OEM approved products and their specific applications.

Go to OEM Marine Approvals
Go to OEM Land Approvals


Kawasaki Heavy Industries Grants New OEM Approvals for Two RSC Bio Solutions’ Products


Scandinavian Oil & Gas Magazine

RSC Bio Solutions, a global provider of high-performance Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) – hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases – and industrial cleaners and solvents, received OEM approvals for use in Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP) and side thrusters.


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RSC Bio Solutions Gains Kawasaki OEM Approvals


Maritime Journal / InfomarineOnline

RSC Bio Solutions, a provider of high performance Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) – hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases – and industrial cleaners and solvents, said it has received OEM approvals for use in Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP) and side thrusters.


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Kawasaki Heavy Industries concede nuove approvazioni OEM per due Prodotti RSC Bio Solutions’


L’Informatore Navale

Charlotte,NC,USA 18 settembre 2017 – RSC Bio Solutions, leader mondiale nei lubrificanti ad alte prestazioni (EALs)- fluidi idraulici, olii per ingranaggi e grassi -detergenti industriali e solventi, hanno ricevuto le approvazioni OEM per l’uso in Kawasaki Heavy Industries ‘Propulsori a passo regolabile (CPP) e propulsori laterali.


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Kawasaki Heavy Industries Grants New OEM Approvals for Two RSC Bio Solutions’ Products


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 18, 2017) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in high performance Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) – hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases – and industrial cleaners and solvents, received OEM approvals for use in Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP) and side thrusters.

The RSC EnviroLogic® HF 68 HP was approved for use in Kawasaki Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP). RSC EnviroLogic® HF 68 HP is a high performance, readily biodegradable, synthetic ISO 68 grade hydraulic fluid. Intended for use in severe conditions, including extreme high temperatures (250°F / 121°C), low temperatures (-40°F / -40°C) and high pressure (5000+ psi / 34,470 kPa) applications, the product exhibits enhanced wear protection, cleanliness and longer life than conventional petroleum hydraulic oils.

In addition, RSC Bio Solutions received a second OEM approval for its EnviroLogic® GO 100 product, applicable to Kawasaki side thrusters. RSC EnviroLogic® GO 100 is a high performance, readily biodegradable, synthetic ISO 100 grade gear oil that provides the highest anti-wear/extreme pressure properties, excellent corrosion and rust protection, as well as outstanding system cleanliness characteristics. The performance characteristics of RSC EnviroLogic® GO 100 make it suitable in a wide variety of industrial gear applications where incidental exposure of the oil to the environment is of concern.

Both the RSC EnviroLogic® HF 68 HP and the RSC EnviroLogic® GO 100 products are designed for use in offshore tankers, shipping lines, roll-on / roll-off carriers, break bulk carriers, container ships, shipping lines and passenger car ferries. Additionally, both products can directly replace petroleum oil-based products of the same viscosity, resulting in a reduced environmental impact in the event of a leak or spill, as they are readily biodegradable and non-sheening.

These additions to the already extensive list of RSC Bio Solutions’ Marine and Land OEM Approvals allow the company to serve a wide array of customers who use various types of industrial equipment, primarily in the marine transportation, offshore oil and gas, construction, turf management, agriculture and utility fleet industries.

“RSC Bio Solutions’ HEPR* technology has inherent advantages that drive economic value and enable environmental leadership,” said Dr. Bernard C. Roell, Jr., vice president of research and development for RSC Bio Solutions. “Gaining these Kawasaki approvals is another reaffirmation of the superior performance of our solutions.

RSC Bio Solutions’ EALs have more than a 20-year history with zero failures in the field. The company’s newest product family, the RSC FUTERRA HF Series, is the first of its kind. These renewable hydrocarbon EALs are designed to withstand extreme conditions and prevent corrosion while operating in severe outdoor environments. For more information on FUTERRA or any of RSC Bio Solutions’ products, visit www.rscbio.com.

About RSC Bio Solutions, LLC

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, RSC Bio Solutions has a 20+ year history of providing sustainable solutions for unforgiving environments by offering equipment operators high-performing, biodegradable alternatives that meet the demanding operating needs while reducing environmental and employee risk. The RSC FUTERRA HF Series is the only hydrocarbon renewable EAL designed to outperform other products on the market today, delivering Ecolabel certification to meet the most stringent global environmental regulations. RSC Bio Solutions also manufactures the EnviroLogic® branded technology, which includes a full line of hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases, along with an innovative line of cleaners and solvents for industrial markets. For more information, visit www.rscbio.com.


RSC Bio Solutions Gains Kawasaki OEM Approvals


Maritime Professional

RSC Bio Solutions, a provider of high performance Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) – hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases – and industrial cleaners and solvents, said it has received OEM approvals for use in Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP) and side thrusters.


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RSC Bio Solutions Gains Kawasaki OEM Approvals


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RSC Bio Solutions, a provider of high performance Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) – hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases – and industrial cleaners and solvents, said it has received OEM approvals for use in Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP) and side thrusters.


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Gains from eco-lube switch


Maritime Journal

So far the oil washed overboard from hydraulic deck equipment has been largely ignored, but not for much longer – growing concerns about sensitive regions such as the Arctic and the stepping up of US regulations indicate the future in Europe and Scandinavia…


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Regulatory Growth Drives Search for Durable Lubricants


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Using HEPR solutions satisfies regulatory compliance, sustainability initiatives and performance demands….


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Revision to EU Ecolabel could eliminate 50% of approved EALs


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The EU Ecolabel criteria for lubricant products is currently under review. An industry taskforce has proposed several key changes to the labelling scheme to make regulations more stringent…


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Meeting Stern Regulations


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This past April, Princess Cruise Lines was slapped with a record penalty of $40 million for illegally dumping oily waste from cruise ships and falsifying official logs.


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Biodegradeable Grease


Maritime Journal

RSC Bio Solutions, a global company that specialises in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, has added a new water resistant, biodegradable grease to its portfolio.

RSC EnviroLogic Grease 2 WREP is a Lithium Complex, extreme pressure grease designed with polyalphaolefin (PAO) and hydrocarbon related type base fluids, which according to RSC Bio Solutions, offers exceptional performance under extreme pressure…


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RSC Bio Solutions Launches High Performance Biodegradable Grease


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 16, 2017) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, announced today the launch of RSC EnviroLogic® Grease 2 WREP, a water resistant, biodegradable grease. This Lithium Complex, extreme pressure grease is an EAL designed with polyalphaolefin (PAO) and hydrocarbon related type base fluids.

RSC EnviroLogic® Grease 2 WREP is an EAL compliant with the 2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Vessel General Permit (VGP). It was formulated to meet or exceed the performance of conventional and biodegradable greases in applications where water resistance is integral to the performance of the equipment.

“The new RSC EnviroLogic® Grease 2 WREP has significant advantages offering exceptional water spray off performance, extreme pressure and anti-wear performance, and broad operating temperature range,” said Dr. Bernard C. Roell, Jr., vice president of research and development at RSC Bio Solutions. “While applications outside of articulated tug and barge equipment are abundant, this grease aligns well with Intercon’s specifications and offers more advantages than any other grease we have encountered on the market.”

RSC EnviroLogic® Grease 2 WREP is specially designed for high performance in a variety of marine and industrial equipment applications where exposure of the lubricant to water and environmental factors is a cause for concern, such as articulated tug boats, barges, dredging, jack-up lifting systems, navigation locks and dams, deck equipment, rudders, and mobile drilling rigs. It is biodegradable and minimally toxic to aquatic life and animals.

RSC EnviroLogic® Grease 2 WREP offers multiple benefits, including:

  • Outstanding water spray off performance
  • Extreme pressure and anti-wear performance
  • Broad operating temperature range (400°F to below freezing)
  • Resistance to water wash out
  • Ferrous and yellow metals corrosion protection
  • Oxidative stability
  • Good pumpability
  • Good shear stability
  • Sealing properties to keep out water and debris

RSC EnviroLogic® sustainable lubricants are suitable, proven and approved for a variety of applications, and meet a wide range of ISO/NLGI grades and industry performance specifications. These solutions maintain technical feasibility evident in the many original equipment manufacturer (OEM) approvals, including: Aegir, Blohm & Voss, Eaton/Vickers, Linde, Rolls Royce, Rexroth, Komatsu and Wärtsilä.

About RSC Bio Solutions, LLC

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, RSC Bio Solutions has more than 20 years of history and is committed to providing sustainable solutions for unforgiving environments by offering equipment operators high-performing, sustainable alternatives that allow them to meet the demanding needs of their operations while reducing environmental and employee risk. RSC Bio Solutions’ EnviroLogic® branded technology includes a full line of lubricants – hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases – additionally offering an innovative line of cleaners and solvents for industrial markets. The company also manufactures FUTERRA, the only hydrocarbon renewable EAL designed to outperform other products on the market today, delivering Ecolabel certification to meet the most stringent global environmental regulations. For more information, visit www.rscbio.com.


Fuels, Lubes & Additives: To 2020 and Beyond By Wendy Laursen


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As the transition to low-sulfur fuels accelerates, so do the problems.

The increasingly stringent sulfur requirements set by IMO are already taking their toll in the name of environmental protection with marine insurer Allianz, in its Safety and Shipping Review 2016, noting an increase in machinery claims related to fuel issues…


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RSC Bio Solutions Receives Multiple OEM Approvals, Adding To Extensive List


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RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in high performance environmentally acceptable lubricants and cleaners, has added several new additions to its expanding list of OEM approvals for use in pumps and elastomers/seals…


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RSC Bio Solutions Receives Multiple OEM Approvals, Adding to Extensive List


Demand Increases for RSC Bio Solutions’ High Performance Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 4, 2017)RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in high performance environmentally acceptable lubricants and cleaners, has added several new additions to its expanding list of OEM approvals for use in pumps and elastomers/seals.

The new 2017 OEM approvals include the following:

  • Carco – RSC EnviroLogic® HF 46 HP (approved for use in HT700 and Z500 elastomers), RSC EnviroLogic HF 68 HP (approved for use in S850, HT700, HT750 and Z500 elastomers), RSC FUTERRA HF 46 (approved for use in HT700 and Z500 elastomers), RSC EnviroLogic GO 150 (approved for use in S850, HT700, HT750 and Z500 elastomers);
  • James Walker Seals – RSC EnviroLogic HF 46 HP (Bi-O-Lion Seals), RSC EnviroLogic GO 68 (Bi-O-Lion Seals), RSC EnviroLogic GO 150 (Bi-O-Lion Seals), RSC EnviroLogic GO 100 (Bi-O-Lion Seals), RSC EnviroLogic GO 220 (Bi-O-Lion Seals);
  • Freudenberg/Merkel – RSC FUTERRA HF 32 (NBR Seals), RSC FUTERRA HF 46 (NBR Seals), RSC FUTERRA HF 68 (NBR Seals) and RSC FUTERRA HF 100 (NBR Seals);
  • Garlock – RSC FUTERRA HF Series (NBR, HNBR, FKM Seals);
  • Parker/Denison T6H20C Hybrid Pump – RSC FUTERRA HF 46 (approved for HF-6 and HF-1).

These additions to RSC Bio Solutions’ already extensive Marine OEM Approvals and Land OEM Approvals allow the company to serve a wide array of customers who use various types of pumps and elastomers/seals, primarily in the marine transportation, offshore oil and gas, construction, turf management, agriculture and utility fleets industries.

“Receiving OEM approvals from major manufacturers reaffirms our commitment to being not only the best product for the environment and your bottom line, but also the best for your equipment,” said Dr. Bernard C. Roell, Jr., vice president of research and development for RSC Bio Solutions.

RSC Bio Solutions’ Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) have more than 20-year history with zero failures in the field. The company’s newest product family, the RSC FUTERRA HF Series is the first of its kind. These renewable hydrocarbon EALs are designed to withstand extreme conditions and prevent corrosion while operating in severe outdoor environments. For more information on FUTERRA or any of RSC Bio Solutions’ products, visit www.rscbio.com.

About RSC Bio Solutions, LLC

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, RSC Bio Solutions has more than 20 years of history and is committed to providing sustainable solutions for unforgiving environments by offering equipment operators high-performing, sustainable alternatives that allow them to meet the demanding needs of their operations while reducing environmental and employee risk. RSC Bio Solutions’ EnviroLogic® branded technology includes a full line of lubricants – hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases – additionally offering an innovative line of cleaners and solvents for industrial markets. The company also manufactures FUTERRA, the only hydrocarbon renewable EAL designed to outperform other products on the market today, delivering Ecolabel certification to meet the most stringent global environmental regulations. For more information, visit www.rscbio.com.


Digitization, Autonomous Vessels and Next Generation Fuels By Mike Guggenheimer


Takeaways from EMEC Amsterdam

I just returned from the European Marine Engineering Conference in Amsterdam and I’m excited to have seen RSC Bio Solutions recognized again for its innovation in the shipping industry. We were a finalist for the Environmental Performance Award, which is particularly gratifying given the award’s close tie to our mission to create solutions that address environmental risk, regulatory change and maintenance challenges without sacrificing performance. In general, the way they positioned this award linked closely to some of the themes and insights I gathered from peers and presenters at the event.

The two most pressing issues facing the industry are the ballast water regulations and tightening sulphur emissions requirements. A sister conference dealt with the ballast water regulations, so that left the impending 2020 0.5% sulphur cap as a key topic. While some Emission Control Areas (ECA’s) already cap sulphur emissions at 0.1%, it is a small percentage of the operating environment and a reduction to 0.5% from the current 3.5% cap would be dramatic. Owners, operators, and charterers are faced with some tough decisions they must make now, even though they don’t have clarity on the operating costs of the options.  The ways to address this range from using expensive low sulphur fuel, adding a scrubber system, to a number of alternative fuel systems such as LNG, electric, biofuel, etc.  It is exciting to see the innovation and that the industry is addressing a real environmental problem – and at the same time, there are technical changes that will have profound implications on operating costs, port infrastructure and vessel design.

I participated in a panel of biolubricant peers.  The three highlights from this panel discussion and series of presentations were:

  • Today’s top-tier biolubes are extremely durable and high-performing.  The industry still has lingering concerns about these products based on early experiences, but many of the current biolubricants not only meet the expected performance levels, they can offer performance advantages in some applications.
  • The adoption of biolubes is increasing.  Not only is the overall regulatory environment changing, but, increasingly, stakeholders in the industry recognize the need for solutions that offer protection for the environment.  We are seeing shipping companies and their customers with important brand names look for environmental stewardship.  We are seeing scorecards like the Clean Shipping Index being used to create incentives for lower port fees and fairway dues, especially in certain regions like the Baltics.  And, like the sulphur cap discussion, operations want solutions that are future ready, create more flexibility and require minimal changes in other systems.  For example, a lubricant that doesn’t demulsify or attacks natural rubber could require a seal change and an expense filtering system to remove water.  That brings opportunity for RSC Bio Solutions, as our technology does not require these kinds of expensive changes.
  • Lead leaching – sometimes seen in conjunction with biolubes – is coming from inferior lead paints, not an inferior lubricant.  Vickers presented compelling research demonstrating that there is an industry-wide issue.  This underscores some on the unwarranted and legacy fears about new technology – they wrongly assume when something unusual happens, it is a negative result of the new technology.  The solvency—or cleaning power—of some biolubes is generally a good thing and in this case the use of inferior and lead-based paints in an issue to be address.  This discussion also highlights that when switching to advanced technology (whether that be a biolube, LNG fuel, or a new data management system) it is important to have a partner who is a technical expert and can troubleshoot through technical concerns.

Overall, I observed an industry that is trying to prepare itself for the future.  The industry is slowly emerging from a very challenging economic environment and many marine companies are still struggling.  But, at the same time, the leaders are investing in technology to make their companies smarter, more efficient and more resilient.  It isn’t just about being ready for the future regulatory environment, but exploring technology to make their businesses more financially sustainable.  The leaders are looking at digitization, autonomous vessels, next generation fuels and dramatic changes in vessel design.  It is an exciting time to be in the industry, but with huge changes happening there will clearly be winners and losers.  I believe the winners will be the companies that are thinking long term, anticipating trends, and making investments in technology that minimize downside risk and favor flexibility and compatibility with a wider range of systems.  I am equally excited to see RSC Bio Solutions play a role in creating solutions to these challenges.


RSC Bio Solutions Produces Plant-based Lubricant for Extreme Industrial Applications


International Dredging Review

RSC Bio Solutions has introduced the FUTERRATM product line of sugar-based bio-refined lubricants that have all the characteristics necessary for use in extreme industrial conditions, while meeting U.S. and global regulations for certification as environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs). They have the same protection ability as petroleum-based lubricating oils.


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Creating safe, environmentally friendly and high-performing lubes required cooperation between lube manufacturers, OEMs and the U.S. government.


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Key Trends and Insights at GST Europe 2017 and Shipping 2030 By Mike Guggenheime


Recently, I had the opportunity to attend Green Ship Technology and Shipping 2030 in Copenhagen. We were honored at GST by being shortlisted for Green Ship Technology of the Year Award.  It was also a great opportunity to meet with ship owners, leading technologists, and strategic influencers to get a sense for the key trends and issues that are top of mind for the shipping industry.

I thought I would share some of the insights I gathered:

  • The drive towards sustainability is now a central, strategic issue.  Regulations are clearly a factor but with attractive incentives, technology creating new efficiencies, and pathways to lower costs and risks, ship owners are dedicating resources to this area.  The things happening now are only the beginning.  Local emissions control efforts will move towards decarbonization and broader environmental protection efforts.  A key theme I heard was about making decisions today that are ready for that future.
  • The big compliance issues are consuming operators in the short run.  Ballast water and emissions thresholds are the more urgent topics and much work must go into understanding and complying with these regulations.   At the same time, there are many exciting, lower-investment initiatives that are driving long-term value.  Bulbous bows, advanced hull coatings, power optimization systems, and next generation lubricants like FUTERRATM are stacking up to create significant value and operational efficiency. Technology like air bubbles under hulls and wind power are a lot more exciting to work on than pure compliance issues like ballast water management systems, which must be dealt with now.
  • Players want an even playing field.  Regulations can be inconsistent across the globe.  Scorecards and measurements use different methodologies.  Ship owners, especially leaders, support regulations and incentives that help the industry move to a better place, but they want the rules to be clear and consistent so the leaders aren’t left at a competitive disadvantage.
  • Digitization is coming.  The industry is working to understand how digitization will impact the system and the current supply chain.  My sense is that digitization will be disruptive for many existing marine companies and that the players that embrace the potential and get comfortable with sharing data will find ways to win.  A blue water shipping vessel – which used to be “off-line” away from the port – can now share data in real time to partners and support teams thousands of miles away.  The industry is just starting to wrestle with the implications.
  • Things are improving, but not evenly.  Some segments are seeing a recovery in rates and performance in 2017 while other areas will take longer.  Leaders that have positioned themselves to protect asset value for the long term, managed their balance sheets well, and made investments to increase fleet flexibility or extend maintenance intervals are faring better and are positioned to take advantage of opportunities.

In addition to these takeaways, it was reassuring for me that ship owners are looking for technical solutions that provide peace of mind.  For RSC Bio Solutions that has meant helping owners protect assets and protect the environment with technical solutions proven in the field and backed by a warranty.

If you have any additional insights, care to provide feedback, or just want to engage in a conversation about the trends in the industry, drop me a note through info@radiatorspecialdev.madwirebuild4.com.


EALs Rise Up on Deck


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The next critical area of consideration for the use of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants is on Deck. What’s leaking into the water from your cranes and winches?


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Why Demulsifying Hydraulic Fluids Matter By Dr. Bernie Roell, Vice President of R&D


Water contamination is the leading cause of hydraulic system failure. It causes both chemical and mechanical issues which can be extremely costly to fix, not to mention the downtime and headache they inevitably bring.

The best way to prevent failures is to ensure that you are using quality hydraulic fluids. We have developed an infographic that explains the problems associated with water contamination and the benefits of demulsifying fluids.

First, let’s define the difference between emulsifying and demulsifying fluids. In simple words, emulsifying lubricants are formulated to absorb or suspend water in the system, while demulsifying lubricants are formulated to separate water from the system. Why does that matter? Because the presence of water in the system leads to hydrolysis, premature oxidation and a corrosive environment which shortens the life of the pump or other equipment. And as you already know, the hydraulic pump is generally the most expensive component on a hydraulic system. It also has the ability to cause chain-reaction failures, meaning that once your pump fails, the rest of your equipment is in danger, too.

Most OEMs recommend draining and refilling any fluid with water content above five percent. As a result, the industry is trending towards wider use of demulsifying lubricants, which allow water to be easily removed through normal separating methods.

Hydraulic Environmental Polyalphaolefins and related hydrocarbon products (HEPR) is an Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant (EAL) classification that has excellent water separating characteristics and easily demulsifies water in your system by draining and separating water from your hydraulic systems. This type of technology behaves similar to petroleum oil counterparts.  Some ester based EALs (Vegetable and Saturated) are designed to separate water as well, however, emulsifying esters simply manage the water that gets into your system. In addition, HEPR solutions offer multiple benefits:

  • Highly durable and offer extended wear protection
  • Extended fluid life (due to exceptional oxidative stability)
  • Broad temperature range performance
  •  Excellent thermal and hydrolytic stability
  • Broad seal compatibility
  • Easy drop-in replacement for petroleum / mineral oil-based lubricants

Download our Get the Water Out infographic here and protect your equipment with demulsifying EALs.


Highlights from the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2017 By Chris Griffin, Business Development


The PVA Annual Convention’s tagline “your link to the future” really came to life at this year’s event where leaders in the passenger vessel industry and key government officials gathered to exchange ideas and learn from each other.

I had the honor to present at the PVA Green WATERS Conference, which was truly one of my favorite moments from my trip. My presentation was entitled “Case Study: New Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EAL) Technology” and focused on the key differentiators of RSC Bio Solutions’ HEPR technology. RSC Bio Solutions’ newest product offerings not only meet the highest levels of regulatory requirements, but also ensure peak equipment performance and legacy fluid and equipment compatibility, all in a cost-effective manner. We believe that products of this type will set the standard for EALs well into the future and help enhance PVA’s mission to promote the interests and the economic well-being of U.S. passenger vessel owners and operators, while promoting safety and a secure maritime operating environment for passengers, crew and the public at-large. The audience was very engaged and asked a lot of good questions, which showed their interest in learning more about EALs.

While at PVA, I also attended other presentations and sessions on various topics including environmental law, innovative partnerships and the rebirth of the New York City ferry system. I enjoyed meeting new people with varied interests and roles in the passenger vessel industry – owners/operators, boatbuilders, shipbuilders, naval architects and engineers, U.S. Coast Guard officers, municipal/government agency representatives, various suppliers and service providers, and maritime attorneys. It truly was a great mixture of people, which made my experience even more exciting and educational. I enjoyed learning more about the passenger vessel industry first-hand, particularly hearing about their concerns, challenges and optimism for the future. It is an open and collaborative industry where trusting relationships are important.

Thank you PVA for a great experience! I look forward to 2018!


RSC Bio Solutions Expands


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RSC Bio Solutions recently announced the addition of several key team members in the business development and sales departments in a continuing drive to support its growing client base. The company also announced a new market-oriented organizational structure with two focused teams around the marine and land markets.


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RSC Bio Solutions Expands


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RSC Bio Solutions recently announced the addition of several key team members in the business development and sales departments in a continuing drive to support its growing client base. The company also announced a new market-oriented organizational structure with two focused teams around the marine and land markets.


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RSC Bio Solutions Expands, Welcomes New Team Members


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (January 23, 2017) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants and cleaners, recently announced the addition of several key team members in the business development and sales departments in a continuing drive to support its growing client base. The company also announced a new market-oriented organizational structure with two focused teams around the marine and land markets.

“Deeper segment experience and knowledge will support our growth objectives and our goal to be recognized as the go-to resource for biochemical solutions in markets where protecting equipment and protecting the environment are both essential,” said Mike Guggenheimer, president and CEO of RSC Bio Solutions.

RSC Bio Solutions welcomes the following new team members:

  • Damian Seipel, account executive
  • Chris Griffin, business development manager
  • Mark Fretz, business development manager
  • Paul Treese, regional sales manager
  • Lauren Lionberger, global commercial director
  • Paul DeVivo, independent strategic advisor

Damian Seipel joins RSC Bio Solutions in the role of account executive. He will be focusing on helping the company identify, prospect and capture new opportunities on the West coast. Seipel has over 16 years of experience working in the chemicals, lubricants and automotive industry and has a bachelor of science in business administration degree from Arizona State University.

Chris Griffin and Mark Fretz join RSC Bio Solutions as business development managers. In their roles, Griffin and Fretz will work to identify and capture business opportunities in new markets, as well as support and expand existing customer relationships. Griffin has a robust background in market and business development from over 20 years of experience with companies such as Allied Signal, Honeywell, DSM Dyneema and Celanese. Griffin has a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a MBA from College of William & Mary. Fretz has worked in chemical and related industries for the past 17 years at companies such as Henkel, Houghton, and Wacker Chemical. Fretz has a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from Purdue University, along with a MBA from University of Massachusetts.

Paul Treese has been hired as regional sales manager, focused on land segments in the eastern U.S., specifically truck fleets, turf equipment, municipalities, utilities and other land fleets and equipment. Treese brings over 25 years of experience in technical sales and sales management, working with companies such as US Foods, Terminix and Chemsearch. Treese has a bachelor of science in business administration degree from Penn State University.

Lauren Lionberger joins the RSC Bio Solutions team as global commercial director for the marine market. In this role, Lionberger will lead the team responsible for business development and account management globally in key marine and offshore oil and gas segments. Lionberger brings extensive experience and relationships related to direct sales and project management in oil and gas and lubricants markets from companies like Chevron and Optical Metrology Services. Lionberger has a bachelor of science degree from Baylor University.

Paul DeVivo joins the RSC Bio Solutions team as an independent strategic advisor. His extensive leadership and technical experience across multiple industries will add considerable value to RSC Bio Solutions’ global business development. DeVivo is the retired former CEO of Gulf Oil International and Houghton International and brings extensive experience as a senior executive leading global technical marine supply organizations. DeVivo has a bachelor of science in marine engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, along with a MBA from University of Miami.

“We are excited about the commitment to growth and leadership that these new team members represent and are confident that we can achieve the goals set before us with our talented and expanding team,” added Guggenheimer.

These new organizational announcements come on the heels of the launch of RSC Bio Solutions’ FUTERRATM Ecolabel-certified environmentally acceptable lubricant and the Every Spill Matters public education campaign.

About RSC Bio Solutions, LLC

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, RSC Bio Solutions has 20 years of history and is committed to providing sustainable solutions for unforgiving environments by offering equipment operators high-performing, sustainable alternatives that allow them to meet the demanding needs of their operations while reducing environmental and employee risk. RSC Bio Solutions’ EnviroLogic® branded technology includes a full line of lubricants – hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases – additionally offering an innovative line of cleaners and solvents for industrial markets. The company also manufactures FUTERRA, the only hydrocarbon renewable EAL designed to outperform other products on the market today, delivering Ecolabel certification to meet the most stringent global environmental regulations. For more information, visit www.rscbio.com.


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Sustainability in Business By Mike Guggenheimer


RSC Bio Solutions’ mission is to provide sustainable solutions for unforgiving environments by offering equipment operators high-performing, sustainable alternatives that allow them to meet the demanding needs of their operations while reducing environmental and employee risk. We value both sustainability and performance and believe that having the perfect blend of the two is what makes a company successful and profitable.

According to the 2016 Sustainability Global Executive Study and Research Project, published by MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group, there is a strong link between corporate sustainability performance and financial performance, and investors are beginning to use sustainability-related data as a rationale for investment decisions.

Taking it one step further, not only are investors paying attention to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics, “nearly half of investors say that they won’t invest in a company with a record of poor sustainability performance. Some 60% of investment firm board members say they are willing to divest from companies with a poor sustainability footprint.”[1]

In fact, I just returned from a visit to Scandinavia and the general theme from the leaders I met with was that even in a tough business environment, long-term decisions that reduce environmental risk and protect equipment are essential to their business strategy.  With a new year upon us, it is the perfect time to take a second look at what you’re doing to make your organization more attractive to potential employees, customers and investors.

When considering the big picture of sustainability, while many agree with the link between sustainability and financial performance, our partners are looking for subject matter experts to help them navigate an increasingly confusing landscape – in terms of both reducing environmental and employee risk and increasing their company’s bottom line.

As an example, we partner with Höegh Wallem Ship Management, who has seen both sustainability and profitability benefits emerge as key success factors. Through our partnership, Höegh Wallem Ship Management was able to narrow its focus and look to areas where it could make a significant impact with minimal downside. Read the full case study here.

RSC Bio Solutions continues to innovate in formulating products with an eye on performance and an eye on the future. Our partners rely on us to provide products that not only offer a level of sustainability and environmental responsibility, but also to continuously keep our attention focused on the future success of their growing and shifting businesses. That is why our mission is to research and develop sustainable solutions for all kinds of difficult environments. And that is why we make sure those solutions protect the environment, anticipate future regulations, but never, ever sacrifice performance.

[1] G. Unruh, D. Kiron, N. Kruschwitz, M. Reeves, H. Rubel, and A.M. zum Felde (2016, May).  Investing for a Sustainable Future, MIT Sloan Management Review. Retrieved from https://sloanreview.mit.edu/projects/investing-for-a-sustainable-future/


Mitigating Risk without Sacrificing Performance


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A new entry to the EAL lubricant race emerges from RSC Bio Solutions. Deep roots, new technologies and familiar names create the basis for a different way of approaching marine lubricants.


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First of its Kind EAL


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There are numerous factors that are driving global environmental regulatory growth and the growth in renewable lubricant technologies, such as natural resource constraints, standardizing requirements due to globalization, public opinion and pressure, increase in climate change concerns, new technologies, new evidence from research and overall growing Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) concerns, and most recently the improvements in the durability of lubricants made from renewable technologies.


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Save the Seals


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For commercial skippers of vessels greater than 79 feet operating in the Great Lakes or within three nautical miles of U.S. coastlines, environmentally acceptable lubricants are the mandate. For everyone else, especially given the Environmental Protection Agency’s continuing tighter regulations, switching to EALs may just be a matter of time.


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EAL Will Protect People, Planet and Profit


International Tug & OSV

RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners based in Charlotte, North Carolina, has launched a new education campaign aimed at informing the industry and the public about the causes and dangerous effects of petroleumbased oil spills and leaks on both land and water, and the importance of adopting sustainable business and personal practices in protecting ‘the three Ps’ – people, planet and profits.


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“Developing the Ultimate Green Ship”


GreenShip Technology Conference Post-Event Blog Post 

By George Cook, Senior Applications Project Manager at RSC Bio Solutions

With more than 100 attendees and over 60 expert speakers, the 2016 GreenShip Technology (GST) Conference was a great event with lots of networking opportunities. This year, the event took place in Washington, DC and the attendees included ship owners, management companies, charter companies and vendors that supply products that reduce the environmental footprint of ship operations.

GST 2016 was dedicated to several main areas: managing air emissions, Vessel General Permit (VGP) spotlight, approaches to ballast water management, options for reducing emissions with alternative fuels, innovations in sustainable ship design and methods for improving energy efficiency. New proposed regulations of ballast water in 2020 and low sulfur fuels globally, have companies looking for solutions to ensure compliance. They are also working to evaluate the overall economic impact. Organizations such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) gave their perspective on both. Several companies presented scrubbers for the smoke stacks which could allow ships to burn regular fuel, which would create cost savings long-term. Ballast water control revolved around methods to kill organisms before discharge into the port water.

I had the honor to participate in a panel discussion entitled “Developing the Ultimate Green Ship.” My presentation was focused on “Enhanced Performance through Next Generation Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs).” The conference chairman, Jon Stewart, President of International Maritime Technology Consultants, moderated the session. Each of the panelists gave a short presentation about technologies that are key to the future of environmentally conscious ship design, followed by questions from the audience. In my presentation, I addressed new categories of bio-based EAL technologies and their performance and sustainability benefits, how innovative industry partnerships are advancing new product development in this area, and growing global environmental regulations.

During the presentation, I also introduced the audience to FUTERRA, RSC Bio Solutions’ newest revolutionary product line of bio-based lubricants. The first and only hydrocarbon renewable EAL, FUTERRA is Ecolabel-certified and designed to outperform other products on the market while meeting the most stringent global environmental regulations at a more attractive price point.

Beyond the presentation and hearing from other industry experts on relevant topics, while at GST, I also had the opportunity to reconnect with current customers and to establish new business relationships that I believe will extend far beyond GST.

To learn more about FUTERRA and how RSC Bio Solutions can help your company keep moving forward, visit https://rscbio.com/.


Global Marine Regulations and the Future of Renewable Lubricant Technologies


Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

There are numerous factors that are driving global environmental regulatory growth and the growth in renewable lubricant technologies, such as natural resource change concerns, new technologies, new evidence from research and overall growing Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) concerns, and most recently the improvements in the durability of lubricants made from renewable technologies. According to environmental consultants and advisors, there are currently thousands of new environmental regulations awaiting attention from legislators and regulators around the globe. Different standards hamper growth and thus, pressure to harmonize regulations is likely to continue alongside the regional and global integration of markets.


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RSC Bio Solutions Launches ‘Every Spill Counts’ Campaign


Waterways Journal

RSC Bio Solutions recently launched a new education campaign aimed at informing industry and the general public on the causes and dangerous effects of petroleum-based oil spills and leaks on both land and water. The campaign stresses the importance of adopting sustainable business and personal practices in protecting “The Three Ps”—People, Planet and Profits.


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Developing the Ultimate Green Ship


Join RSC Bio Solutions for a panel discussion entitled “Developing the Ultimate Green Ship,” which will take place at 09:45 a.m. on the 16th November, 2016 at the GST North America Conference, and visit us at Booth #3.

George Cook, Senior Applications Project Manager at RSC Bio Solutions, will present on “Enhanced Performance through Next Generation Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs).” Cook received his degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina and has spent his career working in various chemical industries.  His role with RSC Bio Solutions on the technical team involves working in R&D and field technical support for sales and business development.

The conference chairman, Jon Stewart, President of International Maritime Technology Consultants, will be moderating the session. Each of the panelists will give a short presentation about technologies that are key to the future of environmentally conscious ship design, followed by questions from the audience.

In his presentation, Cook will address:

  • New categories of bio-based EAL technologies and their performance and sustainability benefits
  • Innovative industry partnerships advancing new product development in this area
  • Growing global environmental regulations

Other panelists include:

  • Dr. Andrés Molina, Project Director, Ecoship Project
  • Frank Hansen, Managing Director, Danfoss IXA
  • Ben Bryant, Marine Market Manager, Klüber Lubrication NA

If you would like to schedule a meeting at GST, or if you have any further questions regarding this session or RSC Bio Solutions in general, please contact George Cook at gcook@radiatorspecialdev.madwirebuild4.com.

About RSC Bio Solutions, LLC

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, RSC Bio Solutions has 20 years of history and is committed to providing sustainable solutions for unforgiving environments by offering equipment operators high-performing, sustainable alternatives that allow them to meet the demanding needs of their operations while reducing environmental and employee risk. RSC Bio Solutions’ EnviroLogic® branded technology includes a full line of lubricants – hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases – additionally offering an innovative line of cleaners and solvents for industrial markets. The company also manufactures FUTERRA, the only hydrocarbon renewable EAL designed to outperform other products on the market today, delivering Ecolabel certification to meet the most stringent global environmental regulations. For more information, visit www.rscbio.com.


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It’s Getting Easier Being Green: Green Business Trends for 2016 by Mike Guggenheimer


I recently came across an interesting article outlining some key trends and progress in corporate sustainability initiatives. It identifies several “next big things” that could have a major impact on our customers and the markets we serve. Among these are the b-to-b sharing/collaborative economy, green infrastructure and the blue economy.

The B2B collaborative economy monetizes underutilized assets and uses technology to connect them to markets, allowing companies to buy and maintain fewer assets, such as pieces of equipment or fleet vehicles to reduce their carbon footprints while reducing costs.  This is already having significant implications for fleet-based industries and shipping.

Green infrastructure seeks to solve urban and climatic challenges by building with nature. Better storm water management and other clean water efforts are a cornerstone of this movement. Given RSC Bio Solutions’ involvement in controlling land-based runoff and marine pollution, these are a natural complement to our own efforts to create a safer, cleaner environment and could have a major effect on municipal customers and prospects.

According to Joel Makower, “Another area of focus is the growth of the ‘blue economy’ — the newfound focus on the business of oceans, from mapping and mining to stewardship and ‘smart sailing’.” As Vessel General Permit requirements progress to smaller vessels and focus intensifies on large and small spill and leak prevention and attention turns to upstream marine pollution emanating from land-based spills, marine operators will need to adopt additional measures and land-based operators are likely to face increasing regulatory pressures to adopt more sustainable practices and products.

We encourage you to read the report on the collective progress of corporate sustainability. Armed with this information, you can Keep Moving. Forward.


Maritime Reporter TV Interview: Mike Guggenheimer, President and CEO, RSC Bio Solutions


At the SMM 2016 in Hamburg, Germany, MarineNews and Maritime Logistics Professional Editor Joseph Keefe interviews Mike Guggenheimer, President and CEO of RSC Bio Solutions, for Maritime Reporter TV. Mr. Guggenheimer expands on the introduction of RSC Bio Solutions’ newest product, EAL lubricant Futerra. Reduced ownership costs, an expanded warranty and OEM approvals are among the many benefits of this new product.


Leading Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant Manufacturer RSC Bio Solutions Launches “Every Spill Counts” Environmental Education Campaign


Campaign aimed at informing the public and industry on ties between and dangers of land-based and marine pollution 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 26, 2016) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, has recently launched a new education campaign aimed at informing industry and the general public on the causes and dangerous effects of petroleum-based oil spills and leaks on both land and water and the importance of adopting sustainable business and personal practices in protecting “The Three Ps” – People, Planet and Profits.

The centerpiece of the campaign, which highlights key data and legislative requirements on these topics, is a new microsite: www.everyspillcounts.com which features two new infographics: Every Spill Counts and The Future of Petroleum-Based Spill and Leak Regulations. Other campaign components include byline articles, speaking presentations, white papers, and a revamped company website, www.rscbio.com, which provides new content focused on the company’s mission to provide sustainable, high-performing solutions for unforgiving environments and meet the demanding needs of operations, while also reducing environmental and employee risk.

“While there has been heavy media and regulatory focus on large marine-related spills and leaks, the rules and attention are far less for land-based and smaller spills, which are equally dangerous to the environment,” said Lisa Clark, vice president of marketing and market development, RSC Bio Solutions.  “As a biochemical, technological and environmental leader, we are committed to not only creating a better world by spearheading the development of sustainable technologies but to also creating products that are cost-effective and allow for easy conversion. This campaign is an outward manifestation of that vision.”

In addition to outlining possible legislative changes and explaining safer alternatives to petroleum-based products, the microsite and infographics highlight illustrative data points:

  • While many believe marine pollution happens from marine sources, land-based and urban runoff sources contribute more than half the pollution introduced into American coastal waterways each year.
  • Industry spills alone contribute more than 9 million gallons of oil to U.S. land and groundwater resources each year.
  • A single hydraulic leak of one drop per second is equal to 420 gallons of oil per 12-month period.

The effort comes on the heels of the launch of RSC Bio Solutions’ new FUTERRATM Ecolabel certified environmentally acceptable lubricant.  This new “fluid of the future” meets global sustainability requirements now and well into the future with enhanced equipment and fluid performance, essentially countering nearly all current barriers to EAL adoption.  While the product launch has initially been focused on marine operations, the company believes that by educating land-based operators on the dangers of even small spills, they will be moved to take action.

“We’ve taken a quantum leap forward with the development of FUTERRATM, and, while we expect the industry will be very interested in learning what they can do to help protect the 3 P’s, we encourage everyone to use the online tools we’ve developed to better understand the true impact of this type of pollution and our common ability to improve our environment by making simple changes in the way we work, live and do business,” added Clark.


RSC Spill Campaign


GreenPort

RSC Bio Solutions has launched a new educational campaign aimed at informing the industry and general public on the dangerous effects of oil spills and leaks.

It will highlight the importance of adopting sustainable business and personal practices in protecting the ‘Three Ps’ – people, planet and profits.


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Campaign Launched to Educate on Dangers of Petroleum-Based Spills


Ship Efficiency Review

RSC Bio Solutions has launched a new education campaign that aims to inform the shipping industry and the general public on the causes and effects of petroleum-based oil spills on both land and water and highlight the importance of adopting sustainable business and personal practices in protecting “The Three Ps” – People, Planet and Profits.


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RSC Bio Solutions Launches Environmental Education Campaign


Maritime Professional

RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, has recently launched a new education campaign aimed at informing the industry and the general public on the causes and dangerous effects of petroleum-based oil spills and leaks on both land and water and the importance of adopting sustainable business and personal practices in protecting “The Three Ps” – People, Planet and Profits.


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Interview with Mike Guggenheimer, RSC Bio Solutions


RSC Bio Solutions participated as an exhibitor in SMM 2016, 6-9 September, Hamburg, Germany. GREEN4SEA Team met Mike Guggenheimer, CEO at the exhibition to discuss about company’s latest developments and highlights.


Revolutionary Bio-based Lubricants Launched


MFAME

RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, announced the launch of FUTERRA, a new revolutionary product line of bio-based lubricants.  The only hydrocarbon renewable EAL derived from a plant-based material, FUTERRA was designed to outperform other products on the market while meeting the most stringent global environmental regulations at a more attractive price point.


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From Marine to Land-Based Pollution: The Future of Petroleum-based Spill and Leak Penalties and Mandates


GREEN4SEA

There is growing concern regarding the environmental impact and associated costs of petroleum based fluid discharges. Petroleum is persistent and toxic. It damages living organisms including plants, animals and marine life for many years. While many believe that the bulk of this environmental damage is done by major spills, such as the Exxon Valdez or the Deepwater Horizon events, in reality every spill matters. In fact, small leaks account for an overwhelming percentage of all oil-related pollution.


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Water, Water Everywhere, but NOT in Your Hydraulic System By Dr. Bernard C. Roell, Jr.


According to original equipment manufacturers and tribologists, the number one cause of hydraulic system failure is water contamination. The presence of water in the system builds a corrosive environment, which shortens the life of the pump or other equipment.

Whether through a series of chemical reactions or external egress, water will accumulate in any hydraulic system.  Since it is impossible to keep it out, and given the damage it invariably causes, it seems obvious that the best maintenance strategy is to remove the water as quickly as possible.  However, I am often shocked by how many of those with whom I speak believe just the opposite, choosing lubricants that emulsify and absorb water in the system, rather than removing it.

The type of oil or fluid used can have a major impact on water contamination and the ability to remove water from a system. While traditional oil-based lubricants can be used on land applications, the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Vessel General Permit regulations require the use of environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) in marine environments. However, traditional oils and different classes of EALs react differently with water. Unlike traditional oils, which do not mix with water, some EALs, including certain Hydraulic Environmental synthetic esters (HEESs) and polyalkalene glycol synthetics (HEPGs) are emulsifying, which means they are intended to absorb water. Hydraulic Environmental Polyalphaolefin and related hydrocarbons (HEPRs), on the other hand are demulsifying, which means that they separate water out from the fluid, rather than absorbing it.

Many producers of HEESs and HEPGs have claimed that, given their fluids’ ability to emulsify water, there is no need to check for or remove water from the system. However, most OEMs disagree, recommending draining and refilling any fluid with water content above five percent.

As the Vice President of Research & Development of RSC Bio Solutions, I pride myself on our team’s innovative spirit, thought leadership on key issues, and our commitment to providing the insight and information customers need. We’ve created this primer (pg. 4-11) to educate hydraulic maintenance professionals and lubricant buyers on the dangers of water in their systems and the best strategies for addressing this critical issue.  It’s just one of the many ways we help you Keep Moving. Forward.


RSC launches new EAL


The Motorship

RSC Bio Solutions unveiled its latest development in bio-based lubricant technology at SMM, Futerra.

The new environmentally acceptable lubricant (EAL) is hydrocarbon renewable and is designed to meet the strictest environmental regulations.


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RSC BIO SOLUTIONS LAUNCHES NEW LINE OF BIO-BASED LUBRICANTS


F+L Daily

RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.A., has launched a new revolutionary product line of bio-based lubricants. The only hydrocarbon renewable EAL derived from a plant-based material, FUTERRA was designed to outperform other products on the market while meeting the most stringent global environmental regulations at a more attractive price point.


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Unique Plant-Based Hydrocarbon EAL Launched


Ship Efficiency Review

RSC Bio Solutions has launched a first-of-its-kind maritime environmentally acceptable lubricant (EAL) at this year’s SMM trade fair held in Hamburg, Germany.

The EAL, FUTERRA, is the first-of-its kind to be released into the market and is the only hydrocarbon EAL that is made from renewable plant-based material rather than traditionally ester-based.  The product meets all global regulations, including the United States Vessel General Permit (VGP) and is Ecolabel-certified, enabling its use anywhere in the world.


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RSC Bio launches first renewable hydrocarbon EAL


Marine Propulsion

RSC Bio Solutions has launched Futerra, a product line of bio-based lubricants.

The only hydrocarbon renewable EAL derived from a plant-based material, Futerra was designed to outperform other products on the market while meeting the most stringent global environmental regulations at a more attractive price point.


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RSC Bio Solutions Launches New EAL


Marine Link

A hydrocarbon renewable EAL derived from a plant-based material, FUTERRA offers superior performance in both wet and dry environments, holds up to extreme conditions in contact with water in high-pressure and extreme temperatures and has higher durability, which results in greater system efficiency, fewer change-outs and extended equipment life, according to the manufacturer.


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RSC Bio Solutions Launches First-of-Its Kind EAL Designed to Improve Performance, Increase Uptime and Enhance System Longevity


Ecolabel-certified product meets all global environmental regulations at a lower total cost of ownership

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 6, 2016) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, announced the launch of FUTERRA, a new revolutionary product line of bio-based lubricants.  The only hydrocarbon renewable EAL derived from a plant-based material, FUTERRA was designed to outperform other products on the market while meeting the most stringent global environmental regulations at a more attractive price point.

FUTERRA offers superior performance in both wet and dry environments, holds up to extreme conditions in contact with water in high-pressure and extreme temperatures and has higher durability compared to other EALs, which results in greater system efficiency, fewer change-outs and extended equipment life.  Additionally, FUTERRA offers ultimate system and seal compatibility and is miscible with legacy fluids, so it does not disrupt operations schedules, increasing system uptime and efficiency. In fact, it is the only EAL from a renewable hydrocarbon resource and is a drop-in replacement for mineral oil- or petroleum-based lubricants. Finally, as an Ecolabel-certified product, FUTERRA is suitable for use anywhere in the world, giving marine companies the ultimate route and equipment flexibility.

“FUTERRA is the clear choice for risk mitigation in sensitive areas without sacrificing performance, quality or cost-effectiveness,” said Mike Guggenheimer, president and CEO, RSC Bio Solutions. “We believe that forward-looking and operationally efficient ship management teams will be keenly interested in this new technology as they anticipate future trends.”

FUTERRA is the strongest performing bio-based lubricant currently available on the market. This lubricant can last 3 to 4 times longer against other EALs and thus allows operators to significantly increase the time interval between change-outs. FUTERRA offers the only 10-year performance guarantee in the industry, with some restrictions, for stern tube applications.

“FUTERRA is truly a breakthrough in our industry,” said Dr. Bernie Roell, vice president of research & development, at RSC Bio Solutions. “It outperforms all other EALs currently on the market, meets OEM specifications and is the new standard for EALs in the marine industry.”


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Understanding EALs


The use of environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) in all oil-to-sea interfaces of vessels greater than 79 feet in length has been mandated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency since December 2013. While operators of larger vessel have become familiar with what is required from them, there is still a great deal of uncertainty around why these fluids have been mandated, how they perform and what the benefits they deliver. The pending Small Vessel General Permit (sVGP) has created even more market confusion, especially among smaller vessel operators who may be less familiar with these fluids and their use.


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The Impact of Water in Your Hydraulic System


Even the smallest hydraulic system failure can be very costly in terms of lost productivity, change-out times and repairs. This is compounded in large-scale operations, such as oil rigs or dredging sites. When a hydraulic system failure occurs, it is commonly blamed on the oil or hydraulic fluid being used, and rightly so, since it is estimated that 90 percent of the time a fluid-related pump failure is due to contamination. However, rather than simply questioning the quality or performance of the fluid itself, it is important to examine HOW the contamination occurred, what might have been done to prevent it, and to use this information to mitigate potential future problems.


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