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The Battle Over Chlorinated Paraffins

Ban Suspended, But Work Continues Chlorinated Paraffins (CPs) are chemical compounds found in plastics, rubber, paints, adhesives, and miscellaneous other substances. However, they are perhaps most effectively used as an additive in cutting oils and machining fluids where they function as a superb extreme pressure agent. If the physical lubrication film breaks down due to heat, pressure, or both, the chlorine in the compound reacts with iron to form ferrous chloride which creates a chemical lubrication film. While there’s no debate over the effectiveness of chlorinated paraffins as a machining fluid, there is debate over its safety from both...

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Round Table: Product Consolidation

The Lube-Tech Round Table is an exclusive feature of the Viscosity Index. Its intent is to cover a wide variety of topics highlighting the ways Lube-Tech helps its customers overcome challenges and solve products they face in their day-to-day operations.  In this installment, Lube-Tech’s Allan Kitten and Mike Jordan discuss the advantages of product consolidation.  The Round Table moderator is J.T. Bernier, Digital Marketing Manager at Lube-Tech & Partners.  J.T. Bernier: Having a big catalog of products is a good thing because it offers customers a wide variety of choices, but for a lot of businesses’, product consolidation is...

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14th Annual 140 Golf Invitational Sets New Totals

The 14th Annual 140 Golf Invitational hosted by Lube-Tech took place Saturday, August 19, at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Listed as one of the Top 10 charity golf events in the Twin Cities by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, the 140 Invitational benefits Children’s Cancer Research Fund.  Last year’s event fought rain, but this year’s saw one of the best weather days of the summer with plenty of sun and comfortable temperatures.   The 140 Golf Invitational continues to grow, and the 2017 event surpassed many of last year’s numbers including: > 184 golfers – 32-percent increase...

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Relief for Those Hit by Hurricane Harvey

Dear Friends and Family,   Thousands of people need your support to escape the rapidly rising flood waters and damage left behind from Hurricane Harvey. This category 4 hurricane hit the Texas Coast on August 25. Emergency crews and volunteers from around the country are on the scenes providing much-needed assistance.   Lube-Tech has partnered with the American Red Cross to help, and all donations received will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $10,000 by Bame Foundation.   Online donations can be made here   What will your dollars buy? $10: Provide a hot meal to a person...

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Do You Need Fire-Resistant Hydraulic Fluids?

The risk of fire in a manufacturing workplace is always a reality. Taking measures to prevent fires is part of safety and compliance, but in some areas of manufacturing, businesses sometimes need to look further into the risk of fire. Industrial manufacturers who rely on a high-heat environment such as foundries, die casting, forging and heat treating operations must not only consider if there will be a fire, but be prepared when there is a fire. As industry took off in the United States, particularly during WWII and in the years following, industrial manufacturing fires due to hydraulic fluids...

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