Choosing Better Supplies

When it comes to creating a superior product, the quality of the supplies you are using is crucial to your success. I started thinking carefully about which supplies companies were using to create products a few years ago, and I learned a lot about the process. After evaluating a wide range of different businesses, I now consider myself an industrial equipment enthusiast, and I love to learn more about the process each and every day. This blog is all about creating a better product by working with the right suppliers, being careful with your processes, and avoiding manufacturing problems in the long haul.

Engine Oils


If you have ever looked on the bottle of an engine oil bottle, you know that there are some funky numbers. You may also be aware that there are multiple types of engine oil. You may not realize what each of these numbers and letters means, and you may not know some of the advantages and disadvantages of different oil types. It can be confusing. This article is going to cover the different types of engine oil and the benefits of each and then talk about what the numbers and letters mean.

Mineral Oil

In the early 1900s, Henry Ford put out a combustion engine line of cars. In order to make those cars' engines run properly they had to be lubricated properly. There are many moving parts in an engine, and without sufficient lubrication even small amounts of debris could cause a problem. So, the engines are lubricated by oil. You can still buy a bottle of mineral oil, very similar to the oil that helped the first engines stay lubricated. This oil is just cleaned up crude oil. The benefits of this oil are that it will protect your engine for approximately 3,000 miles and it is cheap.

Synthetic Oil

Now fast forward almost a century and look at the oil on the shelves. You can find lots of mineral oil, but you can also find a lot of synthetic oils. This type of oil has a mineral oil base but has been engineered to last about twice as long and add protection to the engine. The engineering behind the oil allows the oil to clean your engine a little bit better. Those are some of the advantages. However, with the added engineering comes larger price tag. 

The Numbers And Letters 

First and foremost you are going to want to make sure that you read the owner's manual when you start buying oil. It will tell you the exact type of oil that you should buy. The numbers on the oil are going to be related to viscosity. Viscosity is just the resistance to flow that a specific oil has. Some engines need to have thicker, more viscous oils. The W designation that is often found on oil containers refers to winter. If you are in a very cold area, it is better to use a thinner oil. This is so your oil does not become to viscous during the cold months,

For more information on engine oils, contact a company like Small & Sons Oil Dist Co.


7 April 2017