Shell launches new Tellus hydraulic lubes
Shell Lubricants has launched Shell Tellus S2 MX and Tellus S2 VX hydraulic oils in India. India is the first market where these 2 hydraulic oils have been launched. Expected to be introduced in markets like Singapore, Thailand, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Germany, Australia and France progressively, the 2 hydraulic lubes add to the long legacy of Tellus brand of hydraulic oils which trace their origin to 1947.
Marking a successful journey of 67 years, Tellus has developed a family of hydraulic oils over the years. The oils find use in a diverse range of industrial applications including the tipping mechanism of tippers, and in construction and mining equipment.
Hans Gerdes, Shell Tellus Global Brand Manager, said, “Over 3.8 billion litres of hydraulic oil is consumed every year around the world. India was chosen for the world premiere of the two oils, the S2 MX for stationary applications, and the S2 VX for mobile applications, since India and China are the two growing markets in the Asia-Pacific region, which consume 40% of the world’s hydraulic oils. Of the 40% consumed, India accounts for 4%. Expected to post a strong growth at a time when China is moderating, according to Hans, the oils have been developed to enable equipment operators to select the fluid that will help to deliver optimum value to their operations.
The 2 new Tellus oils mark the upgradation of the existing range to keep up with the change that the industry is experiencing in the form of shrinking engine sizes, shrinking reservoir sizes, growing density, higher operating temperatures, and less time for oils to shed the impurities and air that they would pick up during the operation.
Akhil Jha, Vice President Technical, Shell Lubricants India, said that the oils support higher energy efficiency. Tellus stood the most stressful Bosch Rexroth CRDI 90245 test. “The oils offer improved wear protection, longer oil life, and greater efficiency. They also offer CFZG performance, and help the pump to last longer,” he said.
Stressing on the fact that it is the pump in a hydraulic system that incurs the most maintenance cost, Jha said that their concept was about TCO. Claimed to offer 4 times faster air release than other hydraulic oils, Shell Tellus S2 MX and Shell Tellus S2 VX are upgraded formulations of Tellus S2 M and S2 V, respectively. “Tellus S2 hydraulic oils have set industry benchmark for dependable lubricants. The recent changes in equipment technology and operating conditions have placed increasing demands on the hydraulic oil. It is because of this that we have developed two upgraded formulations of Shell Tellus S2 hydraulic oils to deliver dramatically improved performance,” Hans said. In India, the company caters to OEMs like Eaton, ABB, Alfa Laval, Toshiba, Danielli, Fives, Windsor, Rexroth and others. The company also caters to most of the construction and mining equipment manufacturers.
The S2 VX multigrade hydraulic oil is aimed at construction and mining equipment with attention to their changing nature. Jha said, “the new hydraulic oils are fully compatible with previous generation Shell Tellus S2 hydraulic oil and most other mineral oil-based fluids in the market. It will be easy for customers to introduce the new formulation to their equipment.”
He drew attention to the Tellus range playing the role of a successful lubricant partner in some of the world’s largest projects; from construction of massive tunnels for the Beijing metro to helping one of the largest diggers in the world like Komatsu. “Shell Tellus range of Hydraulic oils have also been used in aiding 2 robotic arms – ‘Romeo’ and ‘Juliet’, to carry out complicated processes in the Ferrari’s engine production line, among others,” he said.
Akhil Jha, Vice President Technical, Shell Lubricants India and Hans Gerdes, Shell Tellus Brand Manager unveiling the Shell Tellus S2 MX and Shell Tellus S2 VX