Environmental accreditation awarded to Cat oil
First publishedon www.AggBusiness.com
Caterpillar's new biodegradable, non-toxic hydraulic fluid Cat Bio HYDRO Advanced has been recognised for its green credentials under an independent accreditation scheme. The oil has been certified and the packaging includes the prestigious European Union Flower label to clearly display the environmental advances made by the oil.
According to Cat, the new oil represents a significant development in bio-based oil technology equalling or surpassing the best characteristics of premium mineral-based oils. It is these characteristics that have helped the oil earn the eco Flower Label that is assigned only after a product has been thoroughly evaluated for performance, toxicology, environmental protection and utilization of renewable resources.
The company claims that it sets high standards for performance, hydraulic-system protection and service life with a 6000hour service life when used in combination with Cat's SOS Oil Analysis service. Fewer oil changes, reduced disposal expense and less down time help to enhance the benefits of the new oil.
The new hydraulic fluid maintains consistent wear protection through a wide ambient-temperature range, -300C to 450C and retains its ability to flow easily through filters even when water is present. Cat Bio HYDO Advanced is manufactured from more than 90% renewable raw materials, achieving the ready biodegradability classification, which means it decomposes readily and harmlessly in the presence of naturally occurring microorganisms in soil and water.
"Cat Bio HYDO Advanced presently is the only oil that conforms to, and actually exceeds, the new Cat BF-2 specification for biodegradable oil," explained Cat marketing consultant Stephane Latini.
"By comparison, using biodegradable hydraulic fluid that meets only the minimum criteria of the BF-1 specification, which is now obsolete, typically will result in considerably reduced service life, higher operating costs and potential non-compliance with new environmental regulatory standards. The new fluid is also compatible with BF-1 fluids for all current and non-current Cat machines." Cat Bio HYDO Advanced has been thoroughly tested in both the laboratory and in the field to validate its wear protection, oxidation stability (anti-aging characteristics) and extended-drain-interval potential. The new hydraulic fluid has been developed with an optimised formulation that gives very clean hydraulic systems resisting formation of varnish, gums and deposits. The new fluid also has very fast air release and high foam resistance thereby protecting pumps and the hydraulic system.