Notes from the Lab

SWEPCO 502 Premium Engine Oil Improver

SWEPCO 502 Premium Engine Oil Improver

Engine oil specifications continue to change and Southwestern Petroleum and our SWEPCO Lubricants are keeping pace with these changes. SWEPCO 502 Premium Engine Oil Improver can now be used in engines calling for API CK-4, FA-4 and SN Plus. SWEPCO 502 will not change the ash, zinc, or phosphorous levels. It will not harm catalytic converters or particulate traps, so it can be used in engines requiring DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid). SWEPCO 502 Premium Engine Oil Improver is made [...]

SWEPCO 501 Premium Diesel Fuel Improver

SWEPCO 501 Premium Diesel Fuel Improver

Diesel fuel quality varies greatly depending upon where you are located, where it was refined, the crude source, and what additives, if any, are used. All diesel fuels must meet minimum specifications regarding cetane number, cold flow properties, wear, power rating, and detergency. In most cases, the diesel fuel barely meets the minimum requirements. There are a variety of fuel additives available on the market today. Many products treat only one or two fuel related issues such as cold [...]

SWEPCO 503 Premium Gasoline Improver

SWEPCO 503 Premium Gasoline Improver

SWEPCO 503 Premium Gasoline Improver As the price of gasoline continues to rise, people will be looking for ways to improve their gas mileage and reduce their maintenance costs. The quality of gasoline is going to vary with supplier, depending upon the source and quantity of additives used. By law all gasoline has to contain a minimum amount of detergent additives, however this level will barely keep a new engine clean under ideal conditions. A poor-quality fuel can cause pump wear, [...]

SWEPCO 105 Hi-Impact Plus Grease

SWEPCO 105 Hi-Impact Plus Grease is one of our best-selling lubricants and a proven performer. The Barium Complex thickener forms a protective barrier over the metal surface to keep out dirt, dust and abrasive contaminates. This film also prevents corrosion by repelling water and corrosive chemicals. SWEPCO 105 has built in alkalinity reserve to resist chemical attack and neutralize acids. This feature makes it ideal for use in agriculture, wastewater handling, mining, manufacturing and many other applications. SWEPCO is one of [...]

Viscosity, wading through the numbers

Viscosity, wading through the numbers

Viscosity, wading through the numbers: Simply put, viscosity is the measure of resistance to flow, the higher the number the greater the resistance. Seems easy enough until one discovers that there are several ways to describe the same viscosity. Stationary or mobile? An easy way to look at it is to consider the application: is the application stationary or mobile? A general rule of thumb would be if the application is stationary then the ISO viscosity grade (VG) applies and if it is [...]

SWEPCO 115 Food Machinery Grease

SWEPCO 115 Food Machinery Grease

SWEPCO 115 Food Machinery Grease was formulated specifically to meet USDA/NSF H-1 and Canadian Food Inspection Agency “n” requirements for a grease capable of incidental contact in food and beverage processing industries. This high performance aluminum complex grease is ideal for use on high speed can seamers, juice extractors, filling equipment, labelers, packaging machinery, peelers, shaker screens, conveyors, valves, bread wrappers, meat cutting equipment and other food processing and packaging machinery. High and low temperature performance are superior to [...]

SWEPCO 113 Moly Fluid Grease

SWEPCO 113 Moly Fluid Grease

SWEPCO 113 Moly Fluid Grease SWEPCO 113 Moly Fluid Grease is a hidden gem among our other greases. This is a Calcium Stearate based grease with Moly available in a NLGI “00”. The light viscosity base oil and fluid characteristics make it ideal for high speed applications, centralized systems, robotics, and the list goes on and on. SWEPCO 113 is the grease of choice for couplings between a drive motor and a piece of equipment like a pump or air [...]

SWEPCO 101 Moly Grease

SWEPCO 101 Moly Grease

SWEPCO  101 Moly Grease continues to be one of our best-selling grease for many years. It has proven performance and it still rises above the rest. No-Melt The “No-Melt” properties of SWEPCO 101 Moly Grease has been used in brick kilns, concrete plants, foundries, wood kilns, and paving equipment for many years. It stays where you put it and withstands the heat. The recommended upper limit for the 101 is 260°C (500°F) due to the base oils will evaporate above this [...]

SWEPCO-121-Tri-Plex-Universal-Grease

SWEPCO 121 Tri-Plex Universal Grease

SWEPCO 121 Tri-Plex Universal Grease is a technologically advanced grease that is truly a multi-purpose, multi-functional lubricant. SWEPCO 121 was designed with inventory consolidation in mind and to help reduce accidental misapplication or mixing of incompatible thickener types. Tri-Plex structure The Aluminum Complex thickener is unique in that with our Tri-Plex structure SWEPCO 121 is more shear stable than other Aluminum Complex thickened greases. This means that SWEPCO 121 will stay in grade longer and not pound out or wear down [...]

SWEPCO 123 Ultra EP Multi-Service Grease

SWEPCO 123 Ultra EP Multi-Service Grease

SWEPCO 123 Ultra EP Multi-Service Grease SWEPCO 123 Ultra EP Multi-Service Grease was introduced in 2012 and has grown to be our third largest selling grease. This product has performed well and has proven to be a true problem solver. Calcium Sulfonate based greases have superior rust prevention qualities that work well to protect metal surfaces against corrosion from rain, sea water, salt water from road run-off, acids and alkalis, and other chemical attack. The thickener provides many of the performance [...]