Afton Chemical Presents at ELGI in Croatia

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At ELGI in Croatia, Afton Chemical presented a study on how the different aspects of a grease formulation correlate to the ability of that grease to protect bearings under operation at high temperature.

The European Lubricating Grease Institute (ELGI) will hold their 2014 Annual General Meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 26-29th, 2014. The theme of this year’s technical program will focus on greases designed for excellent performance under high temperature conditions. This will include presentations and discussions related to grease components such as base oils and additives that enhance high temperature stability of greases and testing which evaluate those grease for suitability of use at higher temperatures.

Joe Kaperick, Industrial Advisor at Afton Chemical will discuss a study which was undertaken to investigate different aspects of a grease formulation and correlate them to the ability of that grease to protect bearings under operation at high temperature. Some of these aspects include structural and thermal stability, friction, wear and oxidative stability as measured by a variety of different techniques oil separation, rheology, MTM-SLIM, FTIR and PDSC evaluations. Used greases from FE-9 bearing tests were also studied with some of these tools.

Joe Kaperick is a Customer Technical Service Advisor for Greases at Afton Chemical Corporation. Joe began working for Afton Corporation in their St. Louis manufacturing facility as an Analytical Chemist in 1991 and moved to their Richmond, Virginia headquarters in 1994. Joe received a Master’s Degree in Analytical Chemistry from St. Louis University as well as undergraduate degrees in Chemistry, Fine Arts and Classical Humanities. He has been in the Industrial Technical Service area with a primary focus on Grease since 1999. Joe is a Board Member of NLGI and has been recognized as a Certified Lubricating Grease Specialist by NLGI. He is also a member of STLE, the chair of the joint NLGI/ELGI Working Group on Grease Cleanliness, and the Chair of Section G.01 Chemical and Laboratory Tests for ASTM.

Afton Chemical Corporation is part of the NewMarket Corporation (NYSE: NEU) family of companies. Afton uses its formulation, engineering and marketing expertise to help their customers develop and market fuels and lubricants that reduce emissions, improve fuel economy, extend equipment life, improve operator satisfaction and lower the total cost of vehicle and equipment operation. Afton develops and sells an extensive line of unique additives for gasoline and distillate fuels, driveline fluids, engine oils and industrial lubricants. Afton supports global operations through regional headquarters located in Asia Pacific, EMEAI, Latin America and North America. Afton Chemical Corporation is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, visit

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