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Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc.: Hydrex XV

If diesel fuel usage is reduced by 5%, productivity increased by 6%, and fewer fluid changes required, this is a winner in the hydraulic fluid category. I would certainly pay a premium for these kinds of results.

Made by Petro-Canada Lubricants, Hydrex XV is a semi-synthetic hydraulic fluid designed for use in heavy-duty hydraulic systems. The newly reformulated product is used in a number of industries, including construction, mining, forestry and mills, drilling, and waste management. It offers advanced wear protection, extreme weather performance, improved efficiencies, and extended oil life, according to the company.

The wear protection of Hydrex XV leads to operational advantages that include less unplanned downtime due to maintenance and mechanical failure, reducing costs for repairs and offline equipment. Hydrex XV’s long oil life also means operations can extend drain intervals, resulting in fewer complete change-outs and lower oil usage overall.

Most maintenance managers do not dedicate much time to their hydraulic product purchases, Petro-Canada Lubricants says. However, hydraulic fluid can contribute directly to operational productivity, efficiency, and sustainability. Hydrex XV can lower costs through increased fuel and energy efficiencies. The hydraulic fluid maintains optimal fluid viscosity across wide temperature ranges.

With a high viscosity index and low pour point, Hydrex XV works in extreme temperatures and ranges beyond the abilities of its competitors, the company says. Systems can start at temperatures as low as -34°C/-29°F and run as high as 90°C/194°F. This allows for product consolidation so operations invest in fewer fluids to keep them running, and there is less idling in heavy equipment as operators start and stop throughout the day.

Hydrex XV also contributes to more uptime related to oil change-outs. Its resistance to oxidation minimizes sludge and leads to significantly longer oil life than leading global competitors. In competitive testing, Hydrex XV had the longest oil life of all fluids evaluated, recording 10,000 hours before condemnation, according to the company.

Hydrex is used by hundreds of businesses across North America. Operations that use Hydrex XV can expect to see up to 7% improvement in overall pump efficiency and up to 5% fuel savings in mobile equipment, minimizing the environmental impact of day-to-day activities, Petro-Canada Lubricants says. The company works with leading academic researchers to test the fluid. In a study with the Milwaukee School of Engineering, pump tests supported 5% fuel savings in mobile equipment. In pump testing versus competitor multigrades, Hydrex XV also demonstrated up to a 7% improvement in overall pump efficiency.

Cruickshank Construction tested machinery using Hydrex XV while digging and loading under varying temperatures, oil pressures, and fuel consumption conditions. Results showed an average of 5.5% in fuel savings, coupled with average productivity gains of 6.0%.