Richmond, VA (PRWEB) October 18, 2012
In the North American agricultural segment, the average age of farming equipment continues to increase, resulting in an increased need for protective and preventative maintenance technologies to ensure these machines are capable of continuing to perform under even the harshest conditions. Working with equipment manufacturers and the agricultural community, Afton Chemical Corporation releases data on fluid technologies that are field-tested and proven to protect equipment against wear, water and corrosion.
Kyle Fricke, North American Marketing Manager for Off-Road Driveline Additives at Afton Chemical said “the most important thing from our viewpoint is understanding the needs of the farmers out in the field. At the end of the day, these are the people who need their tractors to have consistent performance to reduce downtime and ensure their equipment lasts so they can get their job done.”
Extensive field testing has helped Afton identify three key areas that are necessary in fluid technology to help equipment manufacturers and farmers alike. High wear performance, water tolerance and exceptional corrosion protection are all linked to reduced downtime and more reliable operation of the equipment used in Afton’s field test.
Fricke continued, “The turning point that got us excited was when we started pushing performance limits beyond the OEM specification requirements. With today’s advanced chemistry, and insight from our field tests, we were able to produce [fluid additive] packages that protect both forward and reverse gears under extreme load conditions.” In addition to better operability under increasing loads, Afton’s HiTEC® 8703 Tractor Hydraulic Fluid additive delivers outstanding water tolerance – an essential characteristic for tractors that have to operate in harsh conditions like rain and in wetland areas throughout North America.
Taking into account all three performance areas, Afton continued to test available fluid technology for advanced corrosion protection. Exceptional corrosion protection has long been recognized as a critical characteristic in the lubricants used in off-road applications. To ensure HiTEC® 8703 meets the challenges for corrosion and rust protection in transmissions, hydraulics and axles, Afton evaluated performance limits and introduced vital chemistries allowing the fluid performance to far exceed OEM specifications.
For more information on Afton Chemical’s field performance testing, or for information on HiTEC® 8703 Tractor Hydraulic Fluid Additive Package, please visit http://www.aftonchemical.com.
Afton Chemical Corporation - part of the NewMarket Corp. (NYSE: NEU) family of companies, develops and manufactures petroleum additives that help fuels burn cleaner and more efficiently, engines run smoother, and machines last longer. The company supports global operations through regional offices located in Asia Pacific, EMEAI, Latin America and North America. Afton Chemical Corporation is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, visit AftonChemical.com.