- Published: Monday, 19 December 2016 15:49
- Written by E&MJ News
By Brian Humphrey
Next month will see the introduction of API CK-4 and API FA-4—a development that represents the biggest industry overhaul in heavy-duty engine oil specifications for decades. Driven by changes in environmental policy and the need to support the rapid development of heavy-duty vehicle technology, the specifications set a new standard for diesel engine lubricants.
It’s difficult to name any type of primary mine production and comminution equipment that doesn’t require lubrication in some form. Trucks, shovels, crushers, mills, conveyors and even electrical transformers need oil—and generally, lots of it. Add to that the various tanks, barrels and other containers used for oil storage and transfer, and it’s easy to see why a mine or plant’s productivity and cost-of-operation figures can slide smoothly upward—or quickly downward—on the presence or absence of a thin film of oil.
By Paul McRoberts