Royal Dutch Shell Group .com (Middle East): Shell launches next-generation advanced hydraulic oil ( 11 Dec 04


Saturday, December 11, 2004


Shell has launched an innovative new generation of hydraulic oils, Shell Tellus and Shell Tellus Premium, designed with features that deliver a major advancement in equipment wear protection. Shell Tellus and Tellus Premium oils offer better wear protection than major brands, as measured by a variation of the ASTM D 2882 vane pump test, helping to reduce premature pump failures, increase system efficiency and reduce component failure. This in turn helps to provide an effective solution to companies seeking to reduce machinery downtime and maximize plant productivity.


Shell formulated the new products over four years of extensive testing, research and development. Designed to meet increasingly demanding applications for hydraulic oils, next-generation Shell Tellus and Shell Tellus Premium oils provide a range of high-performance mineral oil-based fluids, suitable for use in a variety of hydraulic applications to help keep manufacturing equipment in excellent working order. Shell Tellus and Shell Tellus Premium have been developed with patented additive technology that provides maximum wear protection at both high- and low-load condition extremes. The new Shell-patented hydraulic oil chemistry delivers products with excellent performance in comparison to leading hydraulic oils available in today's market.


"Industry studies suggest that as much as 70% of all hydraulic system operating difficulties are due to improper oil condition," said Drew Johnson, Shell's US Sector Marketing Manager for General Industrial Lubricants. "Using poorly formulated hydraulic oils can lead to corrosion, contamination, sludge build-up, filter blocking and increased wear, resulting in more maintenance requirements and costly downtime."


Next-generation Shell Tellus and Shell Tellus Premium Oils are formulated to help overcome such problems thanks to their unique patented additive system, designed to help make sure the hydraulic system remains clean and performance is maintained, even under harsh operating conditions. Their excellent thermal and oxidative stability results in longer fluid life and optimum machine performance.


The Shell Tellus products also exhibit outstanding hydrolytic stability - resistance to degradation in the presence of water - enhancing protection from acid corrosion and possible equipment breakdown. Next-generation Shell Tellus and Shell Tellus Premium help minimize operating costs that may previously have been regarded as unavoidable or part of routine operating procedures.


Additionally, filterability is enhanced by the new Tellus technology. The presence of water and foreign contaminants can impede filtration in poorly formulated products, leading to higher filter costs, manpower expense and inadequate system cleanliness. Shell Tellus products filter efficiently wet or dry, and perform well in the presence of contaminants such as calcium.


Drew Johnson added, "Next Generation Shell Tellus and Tellus Premium build on all the inherent benefits of the former Tellus Plus range of hydraulic oils, with improved features that take hydraulic oil performance to a different level. We believe these new oils can help extend maintenance intervals and help reduce the premature failure of our customers equipment resulting in an increase in productivity."


The new Tellus range of hydraulic oils is available in a wide variety of packages and viscosities and supplemented by an extensive choice of support services, including Shell Care Oil Analysis and Shell On-Site Oil Reclamation.

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