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History: Synthetics Edition

Jennie McRae - Tuesday, December 09, 2014

We've all heard of synthetic oils, but do you know where they came from? Or why we use them? In this installment of our History Blogs, we're giving you the low-down on all things man-made (oils, that is).


Synthetic oils are just lubricants made of chemical compounds that are artificially made (or synthesized).There are two main types of synthetic oils widely used today: Poly-alpha-olefin oils (PAOs) and Esters. PAOs are polymers that are made by polymerizing an alpha-olefin (an alkene that has a carbon-carbon double bond between the #1 and #2 carbons in the molecule). And esters are synthetic chemical compounds with the carbonyl adjacent to an ether linkage.1


The very first synthetic oil was actually made during WWII in Germany because the allied bombings destroyed most refineries and cut oil supplies off. The first synthetic oil to be API certified is said to be Amsol, in 1972. And finally, the first large-scale, commercially available synthetic was Mobil 1, which actually came on the market for commercial use in 1976.


Since the '70's, synthetic oils have come a long way--Pennzoil just released their Platinum synthetic oil with Pure Plus technology, made from natural gas instead of crude oil (Learn more here.), and Castrol's Edge Extended Performance guarantees a whopping 15,000 miles between oil changes (Learn more here.)


Whatever your motor oil needs are, COS is equipped to help. To find out what synthetic oil is best for your car, call 1-800-883-8081 to speak with our experts.


1. SynLube Incorporated. [1] All About Synthetic Oil

How to Achieve Better Equipment Performance Today

Jennie McRae - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

        The performance of your equipment means everything for your business; it will directly affect how profitable and efficient your operation is. Here are three easy steps to help you achieve better performance and have healthier and more reliable engines to operate with:

1. Get the right fuel and lubricants.

        We've all been told that fuel and lubricants have a huge effect on how well a vehicle runs. (That's because they do!) It's imperative that you take the time to determine which fuel and lubricant products are right for your equipment. Double check the recommendation made by your equipment manufacturer. Even if it means spending more money up-front on premium products, you will absolutely reap the benefits later on--your ROI will dramatically increase as maintenance costs decrease.

2. Have your used oil analyzed.

        Regular oil analysis will help you determine what a proper life for your engine oil is, what problems might be occurring in your equipment that you might not know about, and will also help you determine if what you are using currently is working for your equipment. Not only will your equipment performance increase, but your maintenance budget will be more wisely spent when you have so much knowledge about what is going on in your equipment.

3. Talk to your fuel and lubricants account manager.

        As a business that works closely with a fuel and lubricants distributor, you have unlimited access to a wealth of knowledge. Central Oil & Supply's fuel and lubricant account managers are readily available to help you; they know what your equipment needs in order for it to function properly and remain reliable.

        Call to reach your account manager at 1-800-883-8081, and you can start learning about how to achieve better equipment performance today.





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