The cost of
ash from oil

Despite the positive effects of reducing harmful emissions with Tier 4 Final equipment, adoption can mean incurring new and often hefty costs for businesses. Incombustible metallic oil additives from today’s engine lubricants are contributing heavily to ash clogging in the DPF—and businesses are paying the price.

How a clogged Tier 4 Final DPF can
negatively impact your business

A typical example

  • 2 days

    Downtime due to DPF maintenance
    • 1 excavator taken out of production
    • 8 hours to cool the engine down
    • 6 hours to clean and replace the DPF
  • $4,200

    Average estimated cost of labor and downtime
    • Labor: 6 hours at $160/hr
    • Cost of downtime: $231.50/hr
    • Average hours of downtime: 14
  • $207K

    Annual estimated cost across fleet
    • Average of 200 vehicles/equipment pieces per fleet
    • 25% Tier 4 Final engines across fleet
    • Annual additional cost of $207,250

Today’s 1% low-ash oils aren’t low enough

Oil specifications have changed over time to keep up with lower-emissions demands but have not specifically addressed improving the performance of aftertreatment systems. The percentage of ash-forming metallic additives in oils was limited to a maximum of 1% with the introduction of API CJ-4 specs in 2006, and this maximum has remained at 1% under the API CK-4 standard, introduced in 2016. Unfortunately, it’s still not low enough to maximize the lifespan of the DPF, meaning the technological advancement of aftertreatment systems has outpaced today’s lubricants. Until now.

An innovation in lubrication technology is here

Discover the engine oil designed to combat DPF clogging, protect your engine and your aftertreatment system.

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