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Compressor Lubricants 101

Authored by: Allan Zieser, STLE, CLS Compressor lubrication is one of the most commonly occurring lubricant tasks across a wide range of shops and industries. Still, they are also one of the most overlooked lubricant tasks. So much so that many...

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SCAs: Friend or Foe?

Authored by: Allan Zieser, STLE, CLS Additive technology has advanced over the past few years, but even in developing technology, there are always some segments that seem to hold back. This tendency to hold back is because most of us tend to be...

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What’s in the Mixture?

Authored by: Allan Zieser, STLE, CLS When looking at coolant mixtures it is important to remember that a coolant mixture contains three main ingredients. Glycol, Water, and Additives. These three are each necessary to provide protection for the...

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Let’s Gear Up: What’s Best for Your Gearbox?

Authored by: Allan Zieser, STLE, CLS Protecting the gearboxes in your equipment is the most important thing a high-quality gear oil can do. Automotive and heavy-duty vehicle transfer boxes pose some of the biggest challenges. The conditions in these...

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What’s in Your Gear Box? A Look into Gear Box Oils and Additives

Authored By: Allan Zieser With all the gear oils being produced today, it is important to choose the correct one for your equipment AND application. Equipment builders vary in what they recommend. So, you can end up with a lot of different oils in...

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Spring Cleaning: Using that Down Time to Organize

By: Allan Zieser, STLE, CLS The lube room, you know, that area of the shop that you have been meaning to clean up and organize for a while now.  We all know that keeping your lube room clean and organized will help save you time and money in...

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After-Market Additives: The True Cost

By: Allan Zieser, STLE, CLS As equipment operators, we want the best possible protection that we can provide our equipment. The longer we can get it to last, the better. Many people see advertisements for after-market oil additives that promise...

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Gear Oils vs. Transmission Oils

Written by: Allan Zieser, STLE, CLS   What is the difference between a gear oil and a transmission oil? This question was posed to bring home the fact that we have oils with similar names that are not for similar applications. Most notably the...

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Oil Oxidation

Written by: Allan Zieser, STLE, CLS All oils oxidize in the presence of the most abundant gas on the planet, oxygen. Oxygen is all around us and for the most part, it is a good thing. However, in hydrocarbon lubricants oxygen can bond with elements...

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Shop Cleanliness and Organization: A Step in the Right Direction

Authored by: Allan Zieser, STLE, CLS Over the years, the Ottsen team and I have visited many plants and facilities. One of the most common problems we find is poor lubricant management and organization. Cleaning up your shop and organizing your...

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