Lubricant Additives Industry Newsletter Vol. 2
Lubricant Additives Industry Newsletter Vol. 2
The Drive to a reduced SAPS Engine Oil
The world is focusing on reduced emissions. Legislative bodies continue to reduce emission limits through Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) by designing hardware in line with improved technology to meet legislative standards. This technology is an attempt to improve air quality.
This article will explain the impact of SAPS and why AFTON is committed to developing products that help reduce SAPS. These are solutions needed for today and the future.
What is SAPS?
Sulfated Ash, Phosphorus and Sulfur are the four contributors to the term commonly known as SAPS. They are from the combustion of diesel fuel and engine oil.
Additives contribute to an engine oil’s SAPS level due to their elemental composition, including dispersants, detergents, anti-wear and anti-oxidants. The SAPS level of finished engine oil is dependent on the treat rate and the makeup of the additive package.
It is crucial to balance the engine oil compatibility through SAPS reduction while still ensuring engine hardware protection.
AFTON is introducing alternative chemistries to additives to reduce SAPS and maintain engine performance.
The reduced SAPS processes contain a catalytic system used to reduce harmful emissions.
Mr. Olufemi Ogunleye - Technical Sales Manager, Cormart Nigeria Limited
Q. How would you describe AFTON’s growth in Cormart since its inception?
Ans. Interestingly, the Afton business has improved its efficiency and numbers over the years. The initial numbers of product portfolios we had were streamlined to the selected regular and marketable products list. Furthermore, the business has grown its contribution to Cormart’s bottom line.
The team will continue to strive to improve on the business.
Q. Technical support is a post-sales service that Cormart affords its customers. How important is this aspect to customers, and how best can they leverage this?
Ans. The role of technical support in lubrication cannot be over-emphasized. It may not necessarily be a post-sales service, especially for new entrants joining the lubricant business, but every prospective and existing customer who may have a challenge or the other using the product. This also goes beyond the direct users of the products and extends to the sales team in need to understand the workability of their finished products on equipment and how to handle some of their customer’s concerns from the technical point of view. At Cormart, we have extended this support to customers and will not relent as we believe in a win-win situation.
Q. Are there any new developments on products or services you would like to inform our customers?
Ans. Yes, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce customers to H3488. The transmission additive pulls double duty (Two transmissions, one solution and endless efficiency). Hitec 3488 Automatic Transmission fluid additive is Afton’s innovative multifunctional fluid additive package, designed to serve both traditional steps – ATs and CVTs with just one convenient blend.
Q. Any other comments?
Ans. I will like to use this opportunity to thank all our esteemed customers for their patronage and trust in our brand. We appreciate you all.
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Product Spotlight: HITEC 9325G
Engine Oil Additive Package
Key Performance Benefits
HiTEC® 9325G is a versatile cascade additive package efficiently designed for passenger cars, light-duty diesel & 4-stroke motorcycle engine oil applications. This “all-in-one” solution is ideal for oil marketers who produce engine oils for different vehicle types, making production simple.
HiTEC® 9325G provides core API requirements from API SG/CD through API SL/CF/CF-4. With the addition of boosters, HiTEC® 9325G can demonstrate JASO MA or JASO MB performance in a 4-stroke motorcycle.
- Appearance: Dark Brown Slightly Hazy Liquid.
- Density t15°C,g/ml : 0.998
- Flash Point, °C (PMCC): 150 min
- Kinematic Viscosity at100˚C, mm2/s: 125
- Total Base Number, mg KOH/g: 112
- Recommended Storage and Handling Temp: 40-45°C
- Max Storage Temp: 50°C
- Max Handling Temp: 70°C
- Shelf Life: 24 months @ ambient temperature (10 – 40°C
Contact your Afton Chemical Sales Representative for more information.
Technical Advice & Tips
New Research Reveals Why Fuel Quality Matters
The choice of engine oil influences the exhaust emission of NOx and particulate matter.
The benefits of reduced SAPS includes the following;
- Reduces the likelihood of soot build-up or blocking filters.
- It is more suited for markets with low Sulfur fuel content.
- It helps to reduce harmful emissions and greenhouse gas effect.
- Compatibility with exhaust after-treatment systems. It reduces the chance of breakdown and contributes to minimizing vehicle maintenance costs.
Some challenges of reduced SAPS includes;
- Engine cost is greater due to greater hardware complexity.
- High Sulfur fuels can damage after-treatment systems and minimize SAPS contributing components.
- Alternative component chemistry is required to achieve longer drain intervals.