VALVOLINE’S NEXT GENERATION
“We’re talking about millions and millions of kilometres of testing before we’re able to introduce new products”
Changes to global emission standards have resulted in engine manufacturers requiring the next generation of oils that can survive for longer at higher temperatures. Original Engine Manufacturer (OEM) test standards are used to ensure oil manufacturers comply to these new engine oil requirements. Valvoline All Fleet PLUS E900 has been tested to these standards with formal OEM approvals, together with comprehensive proven performance in the field to ensure trouble free operation of your equipment.
The next generation of diesel engine oils have been designed to meet the latest specification, in this case API CK-4, the standard endorsed by the American Petroleum Institute (API). While reducing costly servicing is one of the key considerations for OEM’s, next generation oils are designed to perform in higher temperature like those found in the latest low emission heavy duty vehicles.
Ed Kopinski, Valvoline Technical Director, says field trial programs, often conducted in conjunction with fleet owners, are designed to evaluate the performance of a lubricant such as Valvoline
All Fleet Plus E900. Field trial work is extensive, conducted across the globe and under Australian conditions including light, heavy and road trains, before it can be released to market.
“We’re talking about millions and millions of kilometres of testing before we’re able to introduce new products. A lot of development work is done two years prior in terms of phasing a particular lubricant into market,” he says. “At Valvoline we don’t look to only meet standards when launching new products, following such extensive field trial periods, we’re confident this oil goes above and beyond to help extend the life of the engine.”
Valvoline All Fleet Plus E900 carries formal approvals across various manufacturers such as Detroit, Mack, Volvo, Renault and Cummins. According to Ed, the OEMs focus on four key properties which were in wear protection, aeration or foaming within the engine, oxidisation and shear-stability.
By combining the innovation and proven performance, Valvoline hands on expertise in diesel engines ensure the end user has the latest lubricant technology available for their fleet.
In field trials, Valvoline All Fleet Plus E900 was tested for wear protection, aeration or foaming within the engine, oxidisation and shear-stability. The product exceeded the performance of previous grades even under high load situations experienced in road-train applications.
Valvoline All Fleet Plus E900 is a catalyst compatible oil and according to Ed, does not interfere with after treatment devices typically found in new low emission engines (e.g. SCR, DPF etc).
Valvoline All Fleet Plus E900 contains the latest additive technology including antioxidants and dispersants which reduce sludge formation, ensuring viscosity control across the drain interval. Newer low emission engine piston design exposes the lubricant to higher temperatures due to raised piston rings. Without this new additive technology, oil degradation will accelerate the wear of the engine.
Valvoline All Fleet Plus E900 has been developed to meet the various requirements of wear protection, according to Ed, that managers expect out of their fleet.
“It’s backwards compatible to all the previous graded engine oils and it will increase the performance and protection of an engine especially of the older model engines that are still circulating in the Australian Market.”