Knowledge Base Articles

How Do You Test For Oil Viscosity, TAN, Water Content And Metals?

The information gleaned from routine oil analysis can help optimize lubricant life, ensuring viable lubricants are not prematurely put to waste. The laboratory reports on oil samples typically contain...


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Q: Are Two Lubricants With Virtually The Same Performance Specifications Essentially Interchangeable?
Puzzle Pieces

A: Not necessarily. Even if they have the same performance characteristics, they may differ in chemical composition. Chemical compatibility is a critical consideration when switching or topping off one...


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Category: Q&A

Q: When Selecting A Lubricant For Cold-Temperature Operations, What Sort Of Pour Point Should I Look For?
Cold Temperature Thermometer

A: To ensure proper fluidity at low temperatures, the pour point of a lubricant (the lowest temperature at which it is designed to flow) ideally should be more than...


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Q: Mineral-Oil-Based Lubricants Or Synthetic-Based Lubricants — Which Is Better For Your Application?
Two bottles pouring lubricant

A: This often-debated issue has no simple answer: It depends on the specific machine, the application, the operating conditions and environment, and other factors. Mineral-oil-based lubricants can offer advantages...


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Food-Grade Lubricants: Good Common Sense, And Good Business Sense
Assorted Berries

Health and safety issues are a major concern in the food industry. Contaminated food products can not only endanger consumers, but they also can cause significant damage to a...


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Extend Rotary Screw Air Compressor Life With Diligent Maintenance And Oil Analysis
Air Compressor Rotary Screwss

Unlike most other lubricated components, rotary screw air compressors face a unique triple threat to their life span: A constant influx of excessive heat, oxygen and water. Any one...


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A Brief History Of Lubrication
Lubricant Flowing Together

Lubrication technology has advanced significantly in recent times, but the roots of lubrication extend back further than you might imagine. Here are some lubrication milestones: 17th Century BC Lubrication dates...


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Progressive Trends In Lubrication
Laboratory Beakers

Technological advancements in the lubrication industry are changing the shape of the lubrication landscape dramatically. In the past, additive developments drove most major shifts in the industry. More recently,...


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Viscosity Q&A
Lubricant Puddle

A lubricant’s viscosity is generally considered one of its most important properties, and with good reason: If the viscosity of a lubricant is even modestly different from what is...


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Preventive Maintenance Starts With Regular Oil Analysis
Test Tubes

Equipment failure can wreak havoc on your business. When machinery doesn’t work, productivity stalls. That hurts your revenues, and also your customer relationships if you miss deadlines. You can...


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Latest Articles

Avoid Oil Sampling Pitfalls

Entry by Isel Staff

Category: Technology

Isel Sample Kit
Oil analysis is a valuable tool for determining the condition of lubricating oil and the equipment it lubricates. It is best used as a...

Isel Launches NXT Refrigeration Line

Entry by Isel Staff

Category: Q&A

For more than 23 years, Isel’s unique approach to lubricant manufacturing has combined detailed knowledge of refrigeration systems with one of the most agile...

ISEL to exhibit at Best Practices Compressed Air EXPO – 2021

Entry by Bruce Dunhame

Category: News

Best Practices Expo Logo
Visit ISEL at the Best Practices Compressed Air EXPO which is held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, IL. What is the...