Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc.'s new formulation of HYDREX XV all-season, semi-synthetic hydraulic fluid has been named Product of the Year by the Environmental Leader program, which recognizes excellence in the fields of environmental sustainability and energy management. By responding well to fluctuations in operating conditions, the formula has been proven to increase hydraulic-pump and system efficiencies for fuel savings, lower diesel fuel consumption, and reduced carbon-dioxide emissions.
Field trials with HYDREX demonstrate up to 5% fuel savings in mobile equipment when compared against monograde hydraulic fluids, along with a 6% increase in productivity in performance trials. In-depth field trials with Canadian construction company, Cruickshank Construction, showed 5.5% fuel savings during digging and loading with an excavator.
Another study with the Fluid Power Institute at the Milwaukee School of Engineering showed energy savings in pumps and motors for hydraulic equipment in industrial plants. When evaluated in the test rig, hydraulic motor torque losses were reduced by up to 10% and volumetric losses were significantly lower than a conventional ISO 46 grade hydraulic fluid.
A judge on the panel for the Environmental Leader program said, “If diesel fuel usage is reduced by 5 percent, productivity increased by 6 percent, and fewer fluid changes are required, this sounds like a winner in the hydraulic fluid category.”
HYDREX is also known for its ability to provide up to two times better wear protection than global competitors. During a ASTM D943 test, it lasted 10,000 hours, which is three times longer than competing brands and helped reduce overall oil consumption and subsequent disposal. HYDREX XV is offered alongside the non-toxic and biodegradable ENVIRON line of lubricants.