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Ester-Based Extended Life Compressor Lubricants

Extended life lubricants, referred across the industry as “POE’s”, were originally introduced for rotary screw compressor applications where high operating temperatures are naturally experienced, and in high pressure systems where temperatures can exceed 250°F. This article takes a look at Ester Types, Fluid Life Ratings and Lubricant Comparisons. 

PAG Lubricant Selection In Rotary Screw Air Compressors

This article reviews the SAP 8000 series – the only aftermarket True PAG chemistry available to date. Formulated by the same chemist that designed the fluids in use today by Sullair and Ingersoll Rand, the SAP 8000 is an excellent alternative for distributors looking to provide aftermarket fluids to their customers without compromising fluid quality.

Transitioning Fluids in Oil Flooded Rotary Screw Air Compressors

Proper Flushing Procedures for transitioning fluids in oil flooded rotary screw air compressors, including instructions for on-site compatibility testing.

Universal Rotary Screw Compressor Lubricant

Through a long-term competitive product study and countless laboratory hours evaluating the reactions of various additive mixtures, the industry’s first true full synthetic universal rotary screw compressor lubricant has been developed - SA Performance’s SAP 1000. 

Air End Reman VS Rebuild

The terms "remanufactured" and "rebuilt" are used synonymously in the air compressor industry, but the work being performed by the machine shop as part of their standard operating procedure is different. In this article we look at the key  differences between the Rebuilding Process and the Remanufacturing Process, including a price comparison.

Specialty Lubricant Manufacturing

Best practices for lubricant blending, including ISO 9001 certification, the importance of product consistency and pitfalls associated with micro/small batch blending.

Lubricant Selection in Centrifugal Compressors

In this article, we take a look at the differences in centrifugal compressor bearing technology,

lubricant technology, and a lubricant comparison between Ingersoll Rand's Techtrol Gold and SA Performance’s SAP 7500.

Silicone Lubricant Selection In Rotary Screw Compressors.

A comparison of OEM vs. Aftermarket Silicone Compressor Lubricants, including performance differences and challenges with flush & fill transitions. A look at SAP 9600 - the first true OEM equivalent silicone compressor lubricant ever produced by a third-party lubricant manufacturer.

Viscosity & Viscosity Modifiers

Viscosity is one of the most important indicators in determining the health of your compressor lubricant. This article discusses the effect viscosity and viscosity modifiers have on your lubricant's performance.

Lubricant Reaction to Temperature Variation

In this article we explore Viscosity Change, Water Accumulation and the Oxidation of Lubricant. Learn how these temporary changes caused by temperature variation, can lead to permanent effects on your lubricant’s efficiency.

The Truth About PAG

Genuine versus Generic PAG – a break-down of the differentiating factors between a replacement versus a true equivalent. 

Lubricant Carry Over

Q&A with Daryl Beatty, Product Development Manager.