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As the consumers of feedstocks,
lubricant companies are always
interested in a more environmentally
friendly approach, Housel said. "We
make esters that have the potential to
be very environmentally friendly," he
said. "For us, the challenge is finding
the available feedstocks. We generally
are not the ones making the investment in all the infrastructure that's
required to produce the product we
want to consume."

Advances in Lubricant
Testing
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this
year, Savant Labs has spent the past
half-century developing the latest and
greatest testing for the lubrication
business, in conjunction with Savant
Group sister companies Tannas, King
Refrigeration and Institute of Materials, said Norm Kanar, marketing and
sales manager.
Among Savant Group's important
innovations has been the development of the first high-temperature,
high-viscosity measurement, the 33C
test for turbo charger deposits. "We go
around the world, collect engine oil
off the shelves, test it in one lab in the
U.S., and we produce the data on our
website," he said. "Let's say you want
to compare Shell and Valvoline. We
can compare them in five minutes."
Savant is looking to three major
areas of innovation going into the
future, Kanar said. Firstly, an upgraded
version of the Thermo-Oxidation
Engine Oil Simulation Test (TEOST)
called TEOST Turbo. Like the 33C
test, it's being developed to measure
an oil's tendency to form deposits in a
turbo charger, Kanar said.
"We've worked with several industry
partners to update the turbo charger
to modern engines," he said. "We're
seeing an excellent correlation between
those that pass and those that fail.
Instead of having to run a full engine

test now, you've got a bench test that
you can use to check formulations for
their ability to not form deposits."
The second test under development,
the KRL shear test, aka the tapered
roller bearing test, is often used for
drive line and gear lubricants to
evaluate shear stability, Kanar said.
"That's often part of specifications,"
he said. "It's also something that those
who select lubricants want to see that
data out of the formulators. You use
a tapered roller bearing into a cup, fit
it into a four-ball instrument, apply
a load to the bearing and rotate it at
a certain RPM, typically for 20 hours."
Considered one of the most severe
shear stability tests, the KRL will provide
a comparison of viscosity before and
afterward to ensure that the oil won't
break down while in use. "It's a very popular test coming forward in the industry,"
he said. "We've been not only able to do
the standard 20 hours, but also custom
time frames like 100 hours or 40 hours."
The third test coming out of Savant
Labs, in partnership with Tannas, is
the Noack Volatility procedure that's
mostly geared to base oil customers
and formulators. Over time at high
temperatures, base oils and formulations can sustain evaporative losses,
which means that it's important
that they have maximum volatility
specifications, Kanar said. "You can
also use that instrument to collect
what volatizes, examine it for phosphate content and make sure you don't
damage the catalytic converters in
automobiles," he said.

Movement Toward
Sustainability

BioBlend Renewable Resources focuses
its efforts on renewable, sustainable
materials for the lubricants industry,
with a focus on plant-based materials,
said Sam Burkett, the company's
president. "Where we fit really well is
some blends where we're using plantbased materials as well as some of the

synthetics, esters and other synthetic
oils that people are coming up with,"
he said. "What excites us is the ability
to take our traditional feedstocks,
which are synthetic esters and batch
esters, and to mix and match those
with synthetic oils coming out."
The fastest-growing piece of BioBlend's business is creating fire-resistant
fluids that handle grease, Burkett said.
"We've been able to use those and do
good things with grease, with the natural esters," he said. "Everybody wants
to have an option for this. ... A lot of
people in the marketplace, the starting
point is the saturated ester that's going
to provide a lot of environmental
benefits people are looking for but we
think is overkill performance-wise and
definitely price-wise."
Burkett often finds it curious how
the evaluation process for these products unfolds because the tests, especially
those related to oxidation, often seem
more targeted toward petroleum products that he believes are not analogous
to plant-based renewables.
"I'm a sports guy. My analogy for
that is we're playing away games, and
somebody else made the rules and
brought the referees," he said. "The big
question we get asked a lot of times
is, 'If you don't like that test, what do
you like?' As well as the product piece
- 'How do you compare and evaluate
these types of products?'"
Burkett saw several exciting technological developments on display at
the ILMA Annual Meeting, and he
foresaw opportunities to use some of
those developments and make them
into salable products for BioBlend.
"We're excited about them," he said.
"We will continue to monitor those.
Those people are the ones that are
going to provide a lot of the building
blocks for what we need to do."
Finkel is an Illinois-based writer, editor and
journalist.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ILMA Compoundings – December 2019

LETTER FROM THE CEO
INSIDE ILMA
WHAT’S COMING UP
NEW MEMBERS
INDUSTRY RUNDOWN
In the Know
International Insight
Market Report
PEERING INTO THE FUTURE
BREEDING PERFORMANCE
IT’S IN THE DETAILS
BUSINESS HUB
COUNSEL COMPOUND
WASHINGTON LANDSCAPE
IN NETWORK
Member Connections
Cross Connections
PORTRAIT
ILMA Compoundings – December 2019 - Cover1
ILMA Compoundings – December 2019 - Cover2
ILMA Compoundings – December 2019 - 1
ILMA Compoundings – December 2019 - 2
ILMA Compoundings – December 2019 - LETTER FROM THE CEO
ILMA Compoundings – December 2019 - INSIDE ILMA
ILMA Compoundings – December 2019 - 5
ILMA Compoundings – December 2019 - WHAT’S COMING UP
ILMA Compoundings – December 2019 - NEW MEMBERS
ILMA Compoundings – December 2019 - INDUSTRY RUNDOWN
ILMA Compoundings – December 2019 - In the Know
ILMA Compoundings – December 2019 - International Insight
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ILMA Compoundings – December 2019 - Market Report
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ILMA Compoundings – December 2019 - PEERING INTO THE FUTURE
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ILMA Compoundings – December 2019 - BREEDING PERFORMANCE
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ILMA Compoundings – December 2019 - COUNSEL COMPOUND
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ILMA Compoundings – December 2019 - WASHINGTON LANDSCAPE
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ILMA Compoundings – December 2019 - Member Connections
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