Mineral Oils – Types Available and Their Applications

Oils are essential ingredients in an extensive range of products. They can be found in concentrations between 1% and 99% in creams, lotions, cleansers, sunscreens, makeup, gels, and vaseline, along with many lubrication products. Therefore, finding quality mineral oil ingredients is paramount for manufacturers.

Base Oils

The quality of base oil depends on the manufacturing process. As an authorized distributor for Chevron, Renkert Oil supplies premium base oils evaluated to be exceptionally stable in oxidation, low in volatility at given grades of viscosity, and essentially free of sulfur. These base oils are ideal choices when it comes to choosing material for a variety of different products, encompassing automotive purposes as motor oils, industrial processes, and feedstock for food grade white oils, amongst other uses.

Renoil White Mineral Oils

Renoil white mineral oils are free of color, odor, and taste – a mixture of saturated paraffinic and naphthenic hydrocarbons with a range of viscosity from 60 to 1700 SUS at a temperature of 100 degrees F.

Applications may include use in products involving direct contact with food, prolonged contact with skin, and minimization of odor and stains.

Renoil Low Volatility Mineral Oils

Low volatility mineral oils are paraffinic and highly refined. Their properties include extremely low volatility, low temperature fluidity, and high viscosity despite the absence of thickeners. These oils are also odorless and tasteless, and colorless.

Applications may include use in products such as low fogging thermoplastic elastomer extenders, grease components, lubricants for high and low temperatures, and oils for heat transfer, compressors, and wind turbines.

Renoil High Viscosity White Mineral Oils

High viscosity white mineral oils are clear and highly refined with low volatility and extremely high stability in oxidation. They are odorless, tasteless, colorless, chemically inert, and UV stable.

Applications often involve the addition of these oils into plastics, either as internal or external lubricants or as polymer extenders or softeners. These food grade white oils are used in mold release agents, pigment dispersing agents, catalyst carrier oils in polymer production, heat transfer oils, and low fogging plasticizers.

Process Oils

Process oils provide high stability in oxidation and low volatility for its viscosity grade. Although they may have slight color, the color remains consistent despite exposure to UV or to heat.

These oils reduce mixing time, generate less heat, and maximize component dispersion. They also increase volume of a product while maintaining original or improving physical properties. Because of their consistent color, these oils are optimal with applications regarding the minimization of stains and discoloration. Since these oils are lower in viscosity for given volatility levels, in processing, less oil is necessary, potentially lowering manufacturing costs.

Renkert Oil Sponsors 2019 Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award

Each year, the Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award is bestowed to honor significant contributions made to the advancement of the chemistry of thermoplastic elastomers. Renkert Oil, LLC was proud to sponsor this year’s award, which was first established by Rubber Division, ACS in 1991 as part of its continuing effort to recognize the contributions of scientists in this field. The U.S. is the world’s number one producer and consumer of oil, and since Renkert Oil’s clients often include businesses that rely on thermoplastic elastomers (also known as thermoplastic rubbers) to create their products, we have a vested interest in promoting the innovations of chemical researchers in this sector.

This award is specifically given to a researcher who has made outstanding contributions in the field of thermoplastic elastomer chemistry. Emphasis is typically placed on innovations that have brought about new additions to commercial or patentable materials; patentable innovations in process chemistry used in the production of new thermoplastic elastomers, therefore, are eligible for this award.

This year’s recipient, who was honored on May 1, was Virginia Tech Professor Tim Long. Professor Long was granted a $4,000 prize and engraved plaque to commemorate his contributions. Professor Long can now add the Thermoplastic Elastomers Award to his long list of recognitions — which include being named a AAAS Fellow, Virginia Outstanding Scientist of the Year, and various chairmanships and other research awards.

Although Renkert Oil is known as one of the top white mineral oil manufacturers and base oil suppliers in the nation, our organization is also an industry leader in premium process oil supply. We work regularly with clients who utilize these oils in rubber manufacturing, creating everything from footwear and textiles to insulation and adhesives. We are proud to support the ongoing innovation of outstanding researchers who further the development of thermoplastic elastomers.

As an independent oil distributor founded in 1987, Renkert Oil provides the high-quality products and services our clients need to make their own mark in history. Whether you need white mineral oil for an exciting food product or require Renoil products to reduce oil mobility in thermoplastic elastomers and other types of rubber, we’re here to help. For more information on our oils and how we can improve your end products, please contact us today.

Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award

Each year, the American Chemical Society honors the best of the best within the industry.  On May 1st Renkert Oil was honored to sponsor and present this year’s ACS Rubber Division Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award.  

Dr. Timothy Long, alumnus and Chemistry professor at Virginia Tech, is the 2019 winner of the Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award. Before becoming a professor at his alma mater, he spent nearly a decade as a research scientist at Eastman Kodak Company. His research focuses on biomaterials and their impact on gene/drug delivery, tissues, regeneration, and biomedical devices.

He also founded The Long Research Group, which showcases his ability to manage a 20-member research team. Over the past 17 years, he’s received around $43 million for funding and partnered with dozens of major companies, such as 3M, P&G, IBM, and ExxonMobil.

Other notable accomplishments include over 43 patents in the field of macromolecular science and engineering, over 230 peer-reviewed publications, and many other prestigious honors.

As suppliers of TPE extender oils we at Renkert Oil like to say, “we put the soft in soft touch”.  We at Renkert Oil were more than happy to present Dr. Long with another well-deserved award—we look forward to all that he is bound to accomplish in the coming years.