Lubricant manufacturer opens analytical center

Indy Oil, the leading automotive and industrial products manufacturer of the GUD Holdings subsidiary, has opened its analytical center at its mixing plant in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.

The 75m2 laboratory, officially opened in November, has a high level of technical lubricant testing equipment, including an ultrasonic viscometer (UPS), which GUD Holdings Technical Director Alex van den Blink says is one Premiere in South Africa. It is used to test the viscosity performance of Indy Oil engine lubricants against the high speed and temperature requirements experienced by lubricants in a modern engine.

The main application for the UPS is in the research and development (R & D) of engine oils and additive packages. Its ability to automatically measure viscosity at various temperatures and shear rates means that researchers can fully characterize a candidate lubricant with little or no user intervention, eliminating the need for field trials.

UPS Advantages

Modern automotive engines are running at increasingly higher speeds and temperatures and are placing ever-higher demands on engine lubricant performance, while these engines must operate on lower viscosity lubricants to reduce friction losses and increase overall efficiency. Technical Director of GUD Holdings Lubricants Jayne Bhanjan tells Engineering News . As a result, the shear rates experienced in the main engine mounts have increased significantly, far exceeding the capabilities of conventional viscometers. The UPS can assist the lubricant manufacturer by producing high temperature oil viscosity temperature maps over a range of shear rates.

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"We also look forward to our new inductively coupled optical emission spectrometer, which is a sophisticated instrument that is rare in South African laboratories. The device allows conducting metal analyzes and helps oil condition monitoring programs that a regular review of wear and fatigue ratings of components, "explains Van den Blink.

Indy Oil's investment in advanced facilities of this nature demonstrates its commitment to providing a first-class quality product that is blended and tested to OEM specifications and international approval of lubricants and chemical standards.

Advanced Capabilities
The company also has other equipment and features such as ultrasonic vocalizations, Inductively Coupled Optical Plasma Emission Spectrometry, Oil Titrino for Total Acid Number and Total Base Number, a Karl Fischer Coulometer, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, and an Automated Kinematic Viscometer

The acquisition of these high-end instruments allows Indy Oil to proceed with analysis and research and development with ease and accuracy to ensure the superior quality products are produced and Indy Oil remains at the forefront of lubricant technology.

Van den Blink notes that the analytical center will play a significant role in the development of the company's automotive and industrial products and anchor the Indy Oil brand locally

Analysis needs
Bhanjan points out that the analysis of Oils and / or lubricants for quality control is an integral part of the manufacturing process and must be performed with strict controls to ensure accuracy, reproducibility and reproducibility results that the center allows.

"The concept of a technologically advanced analytical center was born to support the R & D and manufacturing processes of Indy Oil and to ensure that our products meet the highest standards."

It adds that the ability to carry out on-site analysis and independently helps improve the efficiency and throughput of Indy Oil.

Analysis has had a positive effect on production and quality control, as all analyzes for the verification of raw materials can now be carried out to the highest standards in-house.

In addition, all finished products are tested and verified to ensure that they conform to the specifications required by the lubricant industry.

"Due to the nature of the performance requirements of ever-changing automotive and industrial technologies, oil and lubricant manufacturers need to ensure that their base and additive components, taking into account technology changes, match existing technologies that are not outdated in certain markets," said Avers Bhanjan.

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