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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The Importance of an Effective Oil Analysis Program in Reducing Changeover Intervals and Extending the Life of Equipment


Many factors come into play when you’re 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. We’ll 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.

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Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs): Choosing the right EAL type for your application


There is a wide range of performance levels among both readily biodegradable and petroleum based lubricants. Customers have a wide array of options from lower performance lubricants to high end, high performing “fully synthetic” products. While care must be taken in choosing the appropriate product for the specific application, Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) also offer the full range of performance. It’s important to know that some EALs provide higher performance results than some petroleum based or readily biodegradable lubricants. Let’s take a look at the four types of EALstheir performance advantages and disadvantagesand clarify some misconceptions in the marketplace about EALs and recent legislation impacting marine vessel operators.

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The Proven Performance Of Envirologic® Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants In The Offshore and Marine Industries


The unique lubricant formulas developed by RSC Bio Solutions’ chemists and engineers are designed to meet or exceed the performance attributes of many conventional products. They will protect equipment under the most adverse operating conditions; extreme temperatures, high pressures, wet conditions. As a result, these environmentally preferable fluids reduce total cost of ownership by providing a long useful life and reducing downtime.

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NEW EPA REGULATIONS GOVERNING ENVIRONMENTALLY ACCEPTABLE LUBRICANTS


As environmental enforcement agencies increase pressures and costs for petroleum lubricant spills, many offshore operators are using or considering environmentally safer products. These types of fluids can protect the users against fines, cleanup costs and downtime, but care must be given in selecting the right product for a specific application. This paper will review the definitions and types of environmentally preferable products and strengths and limitations of each type. It will also review the various definitions of “biodegradable” and the maintenance practices required to prolong the life of the fluid and the equipment.

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