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On Lubrication Experts, Rafe Britton talk with the best in the business about all things lubricants, engineering and industry. From lubricant technology and condition monitoring to supply chain and manufacturing the experts sit down to give their take on the current and future states of the industry.

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On Lubrication Experts, Rafe Britton talk with the best in the business about all things lubricants, engineering and industry. From lubricant technology and condition monitoring to supply chain and manufacturing the experts sit down to give their take on the current and future states of the industry.

    Re-Refined Base Oils with Dr Joel Garrett (Safety Kleen)

    Re-Refined Base Oils with Dr Joel Garrett (Safety Kleen)

    Demystifying Re-Refined Base Oils: Quality, Sustainability, and Future Trends In this episode, we delve into the world of re refined base oils, thanks to our special guest from Safety Clean, Joel Garrett. We discuss the re refining process, from collecting waste oil to producing high-quality base oils equivalent to Group II+. We debunk the common myth of re refined oils being lesser quality than virgin based oils and highlight why these misconceptions exist. Furthermore, we talk about the spectrum of quality within the industry, the profitability of re refining processes in comparison with traditional base oil production, and the future evolution of re refinement and its potential impact on the lubricant industry. Last but not least, we delve into the environmental implications, discussing both the carbon footprint reduction and sustainability aspects of re refining. 00:00 Introduction and Guest Welcome 00:05 Understanding Re-refined Base Oils 00:31 Interview with Joel Garrett, Senior Vice President of Safety Clean 00:42 Defining Re-refined Base Oils 01:20 The Collection and Profiling Process 03:55 The Re-refining Process 08:21 Quality and Reputation of Re-refined Oils 32:33 The Future of Re-refining Technology 35:52 Conclusion and Farewell

    • 36 min
    What I've Learned About the Lubricants Industry (Christmas Special!)

    What I've Learned About the Lubricants Industry (Christmas Special!)

    In this special Christmas episode, join me as I reflect on the past two and a half years and discuss the latest trends in the lubrication industry. We'll delve into the insular nature of working for major companies, the importance of collaboration and sharing knowledge, and the challenges of ruthless competition. We'll also explore the complexity of the industry, from certification overload to overwhelming product lines. And, on an optimistic note, we'll discuss exciting technologies on the horizon that have the potential to revolutionize the lubrication industry. Plus, we'll share insights into the journey of starting a YouTube channel and the value of connecting with experts in the field. Don't miss out on this thought-provoking and informative episode! Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!
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    • 29 min
    Base Stocks with Jack Zakarian

    Base Stocks with Jack Zakarian

    Understanding the Base Stock Market - An In-depth Look with Jack Zakarian In this podcast episode, we hear from industry expert Jack Zakarian who spent over 37 years with Chevron. The episode covers the foundation of base stocks focusing on terms like neutral, solvent neutral, bright stock, and their correlation to API based stock groups. Jack also discusses the evolution of the base oil industry explaining the shift from group 1 towards group 2 & 3 processes, the advantages of these processes, the reasons behind the decline in group 1, as well as its impact. The future of the base stock market with implications of electric vehicles and the role of regulatory interventions is also touched upon elaborately. 00:00 Introduction and Guest Background 00:40 Understanding API Base Oil Groups 01:08 Defining Terms: Neutral, Solvent Neutral, Bright Stock 02:52 The Process of Making Brightstock 04:15 Challenges in Manufacturing Brightstock 10:07 The Shift from Group 1 to Group 2 Base Oils 17:22 Flexibility and Limitations in Plant Design 19:46 Understanding Base Oils as Commodities 21:25 Working with Different Types of Oils 21:46 The Advantages of Group 2 Oils 22:12 Differences in Group 3 Oils 23:35 The Impact of Group 1 Disappearing from the Market 24:12 The Role of Brightstock in Viscosity 27:20 The Future of the Base Stock Market 29:23 The Impact of Electric Vehicles on the Lubricant Market 31:25 The Role of Regulation in the Shift to Electric Vehicles 34:48 Closing Remarks and Future Predictions https://lubrication.expert

    • 35 min
    Polymers with Jacob Scherger (Functional Products)

    Polymers with Jacob Scherger (Functional Products)

    Polymers - they're everywhere in lubricants. But the the understanding of their variants, and their functions is not that well understood. Dr Jacob Scherger of Functional Products sits down with Rafe Britton to untangle them!

    • 33 min
    Oil Analysis Limits with Elaine Hepley (Polaris Laboratories)

    Oil Analysis Limits with Elaine Hepley (Polaris Laboratories)

    Oil analysis - your business is most likely doing it, collecting the data, and then never looking at the data ever again. How do I know this? Because I have seen countless examples. In this podcast, Elaine Hepley from Polaris Laboratories takes a look at oil analysis data, how it is analysed, and how we set limits.

    • 34 min
    Lithium Greases with Andy Waynick

    Lithium Greases with Andy Waynick

    Lithium greases still dominate the market. But how did it get to be that way? In this wide-ranging interview with Lubrication Expert Andy Waynick, we discuss simple versus complex greases, why Lithium won over all the other soaps, grease compatibility and much, much more.
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    • 48 min

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