Safety data sheet prior to the analysis

Year of publication: 2022


Before analysing a lubricant that we sent you for the first time, you asked us for a safety data sheet. Why could that be?

The analysis values and therefore the composition of most of the lubricants and service products we have examined are stored in the OELCHECK database. However, if we receive samples without a product designation or the area of application specified, for example, we must either request a clean oil sample or a product description with a safety data sheet (SDS) before carrying out analysis. This is the only way for us to gather essential information about the properties of the various substances contained in a lubricant or service product. As an example, an SDS provides information about potential hazards or incompatibilities that may arise from the product described. In the lab, an SDS increases the safety of our staff, the constant availability of our devices and the accuracy of the values determined.

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The wide range of "synthetic lubricants" – types, properties and applications

Year of publication: 2022


If the lubrication of a component or machine is to be optimised or the oil changed far less often, synthetic-based products are often the method of choice. Their synthetic base oils are created 'artificially' using chemical processes, while their molecules are tailor-made to measure and usually highly robust. This usually results in the oil having a longer service life and a higher viscosity index, which enables friction-reducing, thinner oils to be used. When combined with organometallic additives, these properties improve the energy efficiency of engines, hydraulic systems and transmissions, enable their more sustainable use and therefore contribute to reducing CO2 emissions.

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Record prices for fuels but the alternatives are limited

Year of publication: 2022

The ever-increasing prices at the filling station are not only putting a strain on the budgets of motorists and freight forwarders. Operators of construction and agricultural machinery, as well as generators, are also struggling with the rising motor fuel costs. Some of them are already considering alternatives to diesel fuel. The scenarios range from biofuels, heating oil, salad oil to even old frying fat. But not every one of these “motor fuels” allows unimpeded operation!

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