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MOTOREX Magazine 2007 81 EN

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Evolution Evolution

Evolution Evolution High-tech lubricants for the future Modern industrial gear unit with fill-for-life lubricant helps to conserve resources. A novel storage medium means hydrogen can be stored safely and compactly. Photo: Güdel PAO molecule of a fully synthetic lubricant “Fire, air, water and earth: these are the four elements that make up the universe”. So said the alchemists of 400 BC. They tried to find the magic formula that would enable them to make “Aurum potabile” – liquid gold or the elixir or life – from these elements. Although our laboratory has never discovered the secret of the elixir of life, it has devised many other formulations. Today our chemists do not have four, but only two elements – carbon (C) and hydrogen (H). These two chemical elements make up the majority of our reserves of natural energy sources such as petroleum and gas, which were made over 70 million years ago from aquatic plants and animals. Sustainable raw materials such as microorganisms and plants are the results of air, water, earth and sun and constitute valuable biomass. Made of carbon and hydrogen Reservoir replenishment processes • Petroleum refining (fossil resources) • Sustainable raw materials (e.g. unconverted oilseed rape or sunflowers) • GTL Gas-to-Liquid (conversion of natural gas into fuels and lubricant base fluids using the Fischer-Tropsch process) • BTL Bio-to Liquid (ethanol biofuel derived by distillation from wood, wheat, corn and sugar) • RME (esterification of oilseed rape into RME biodiesel) • FAME (esterification of waste cooking oil into biodiesel) • CTL Coal-to-Liquid (conversion of coal into liquid fuels) • Methane hydrate (frozen methane gas beneath sediments on the ocean floor) Carbon (C) and hydrogen (H) can be combined like Lego bricks with other atoms to make up a huge range of chemical compounds, including plastics, clothes, medicines, fuels, tires, paint – and lubricants. All our activities tap into our reservoirs of fossil or biogenic hydrogen and carbon: World reservoirs of hydrogen and carbon molecules Main applications •Heating oil •Gasoline •Diesel •Diesel or gas electricity generators • A/C units Etc. Although crude oil can be pumped out of the ground in vast quantities, we know that our reserves are not inexhaustible. How long these reserves last depends on how we use them. Lubricants of the future As a lubricant manufacturer, we are unable to influence whether our precious global reserves of hydrogen and carbon molecules are used sparingly or simply wasted. The challenge facing us at MOTOREX is that of continuously advancing our hightech lubricants so that they meet ecological and economic needs, for example through extended change intervals (fill-for-life), lower friction, reduced fuel consumption or fewer emissions. Reusing raw materials There are more sensible solutions than simply disposing of lubricants after an oil change. If the developer has had the foresight not to use either dangerous or noncompatible ingredients, recycling and reuse (for example in the plastics industry) can bring the product cycle full circle. Fill-for-life lubrication Light-duty small engines with no drain plug, such as lawn mowers, strimmers or Products used in lubrication technology • Paraffin base oils • Naphtha base oils • Synthetic MC base fluids (synthetic performance) • Fully synthetic base fluids • Polyalphaolefines (PAOs) • Ester • Polyglycols • Silicon oils • Oilseed rape or sunflower oil scooters should always use a fully synthetic lubricant. Automatic transmissions and torque converters are lead-sealed. The tank contains bioethanol or ASPEN. Chainsaw chains can be perfectly lubricated with a natural, sustainable, oilseed rape-based chainsaw oil. Oil change intervals of two years or 30,000 km for cars and 100,000 km for trucks are state-of-the-art these days. Low NOACK volatility base oils prevent the lubricant from evaporating through the exhaust. Biofuels are making their mark as an alternative to conventional diesel and gasoline. However, these green fuels also spell an end to any further extension of oil change intervals. Their more pronounced sooting behavior makes the use of synthetic or fully synthetic motor oil essential. In conjunction with an AdBlue catalytic converter and particle filter, the novel LowSAPS technology ensures compliance with the strict requirements of the Euro 4 and Euro 5 standards. Choosing the right viscosity helps to save valuable hydrogen and carbon energy. Provided drivers are careful with the gas pedal, measurable fuel savings of three to five percent can be achieved with an SAE 5W/30 or SAE 10W/30 low-friction, long-life motor oil. Suitable for industrial use too Metal cannot be cut on a machine tool without a cutting oil or cooling lubricant. Cutting oils are optimized for top performance and our customers’ machining fluids are constantly monitored with our Internet-based Process Management Online (PMO) system. This consequently helps to increase service lives many times over. Development continues and the objective is clear: we need to manage our fossil fuel resources more carefully. Sustainable biogenic substances can make a substantial contribution. MOTOREX is working hard on forward-looking products and, through its willingness to make sustainable changes, has recognized the moment for action. Diesel particle filters only work to full effect with the right LowSAPSmotor oil. Optimize and save money with a sustainable industrial fluid management system. 18 19

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