Buying I-20A Industrial Oil: Not as Simple as it May Seem

Have you ever though that purchasing oil is a science in and of itself?  If not, then please read on. To make the correct decision when purchasing oil, one must clearly know how the oil will be used. First, you define and determine the operating conditions, which can vary from simple to heavy duty applications.  Obviously, in each specific case one type of industrial oil may work well, while another may fail to perform the required task(s). It is also important to check the compliance of the oil’s advertised specifications against actual parameters.  Even during transportation from the producer to the user, oil can absorb various contaminants that will degrade its performance as an industrial oil. At any rate, it is important to carefully review the specifications of the industrial oil in question.  Failure to note even the smallest of details may lead to unpleasant consequences that can failures and breakdowns of expensive equipment. Let us review some of the factors that must be taken into consideration when purchasing industrial oil such as the oil classified as “I-20A.” The oil known as I-10A industrial oil, is a general purpose oil.  It is a distilled oil or a blend of distilled and residual oils.  Industrial oil of this type is made from low sulfur or sweet crude by selective purification.  The oil does not contain any additives. This type of oil is mostly used in the hydraulic systems of presses, and automatic lines for the lubrication of lightly and moderately loaded gears, slide rails and rollers found in machines that do not require special oil types. The main functions of the I-20A oil are:
  •      Protection of friction parts from wear;
  •      Cleaning of sediment from friction parts;
  •      Protection of machinery against corrosion;
  •      Sealing; and
  •      Dissipation of heat from friction parts.
The I-20A oil has good de-emulsification properties, exhibits good long-term performance in temperatures from -5ºC to +70ºС/23ºF to 158ºF, and good oxidation stability. If the performance specifications of the I-20A oil corresponds completely to the requirements of the application, then it is time to look at the qualitative parameters.  If these are also in compliance, the oil may be worth buying. It is commonly believed that after purchasing the oil and filling it into the system, the oil takes care of itself.  While this is true to some extent, oil needs filtering, cleaing and monitoring.  In fact, regular monitoring of the quality of oil in terms of purity allows the equipment operator to identify potential problems early in order to prevent unscheduled downtime and equipment failures. For the purification of industrial oil, GlobeCore offers “CFU filtration carts.” These are small and highly mobile oil filtration units. They remove particulate matter, solved water, wter soluble acids and alkali from lubricants and dielectric oil with viscosity up to 70 cSt at 50ºС/122ºF. Using the CFU filtration carts allows operators to purify industrial oil (including I-20A) in one cycle, extending the service life of the industrial oil and the equipment served by the oil. CFU type units, made and supplied by GlobeCore are mobile and simple to operate and service.

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