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.
Renkert Oil is proud to announce that its new Renoil products have received quality approval and are now available to manufacturers.
Our product testing has revealed the positive impacts of these higher MW oils and their effect on automotive fogging and oil mobility for food contact applications.
Details of the experiments were presented in a paper at the November 2017 Global TPE conference in Munich, Germany. See the report.
40% reduction in car interior fogging
To complement and extend our range of Chevron ParaLux premium process oils, we created these new Renoil Low Volatility Oils. The Renoil LV products are clear with 1000 and 1500 SUS @ 100F viscosity, and feature high flash points and high molecular weights.
Although Chevron ParaLux 6001 has been the standard for passing automotive interior fogging requirements, our testing proved that Renoil 1500-LV performs even better. It reduces fogging by over 40%, providing another tool for producing optimal color match soft touch TPEs.
Our engineers recently worked with leading TPE manufacturer Star Thermoplastic Alloys and Rubber to manufacture finished car interior components. They also reported a full 40% less fogging than the best-option oil they had been using.
Reduced oil mobility in food / medical applications
Renkert has also added a range of high MW specialty products to our food grade mineral oils lineup.
Renoil High Viscosity White Oils were created to deliver added flexibility.
These HV oils are designed for use without thickeners, so manufacturers can simplify formulations. The increased viscosity and MW also reduce the mobility of the oil as a component in polymer packaging.
Contact us for a consultation and find out if Renoil products are right for you.
Join us at the Renkert Oil booth at the biannual IEEE Power & Energy Society T&D Conference and Exposition.
We’ll be featuring our VOLTRO™ brand electrical insulating oils, which extend the life of transformers while minimizing the need for maintenance.
This industry event, held in Dallas on May 2-5, 2016, will feature more than 700 companies and thousands of professionals from 80+ countries. At the T&D industry’s most collaborative show, you can discover new ideas, emerging technologies and innovative products.
As a supplier, we look forward to the opportunity to meet with industry colleagues at utilities and original equipment manufacturers, as well as engineers and researchers. We’ll discuss industry dynamics, provide technical insight about our products, consider commercial possibilities and answer questions from our major customers.
EcoVadis performed a CSR assessment of Renkert Oil over the past two years. In 2015, we received a bronze award in recognition of the policies and processes we have in place. Our customers have access to the full report and supporting documentation as part of the EcoVadis subscription.
The independent auditor focuses on sustainable supply management that facilitates information exchange on CSR issues between buyers and sellers.
EcoVadis aims to improve the environmental and social practices of companies by leveraging the influence of global supply chains.
The first collaborative platform enabling companies to monitor the sustainability performance of their suppliers, EcoVadis services are available across 150 sectors and 99 countries.
EcoVadis provides reliable ratings and easy-to-use monitoring tools that allow companies to manage risks and drive eco-innovations in their global supply chains.
Renkert Oil continues to use EcoVadis to evolve our corporate social responsibility goals and policies.
Renkert Oil has completed the final delivery of blended scintillator for the Fermi NOvA project.
Renkert’s participation in this US government project was deemed a great success, with 100% quality approval and no rejections of more than 2.75 million gallons of ultra-pure scintillator fluid supplied. Renkert Oil blended the scintillator based upon our superior technical white mineral oil.
Renkert Oil began production deliveries of Fermi Lab NOvA project scintillator detector fluid November 5, 2012. The scintillator, which is used to detect neutrinos, is being installed in a very large detector in Ash River, MN.
Renkert Oil has been responsible for providing high purity mineral oil and blending it with Pseudocumene and various wave shifter powders and antistatic ingredients to produce the finished scintillator.
Extreme care is taken to produce a scintillator that meets NOvA’s stringent requirements. A dedicated facility was constructed in Hammond, IN, which precisely combines these components and prevents contamination. The end product is a scintillator fluid that is crystal clear but emits a blue glow from interaction with neutrinos.
This is a critical component in the massive Ash River detector. As the installation of the Scintillator ramps up to scheduled rates, Renkert will be shipping about 135,000 pounds per week to Minnesota.
Currently we have 1.6 million pounds of finished and approved scintillator in stock and will perform regular production blends to meet NOvA’s needs. We anticipate three years of production to complete this project.
Renkert Oil has been awarded a three-year contract to supply high purity mineral oil to FermiLab for their $278 million physics experiment.
The oil is used in a large detector to be constructed in Minnesota. In total, 10,000 MT (3 million gallons) of oil will be used. Renkert Oil will provide the mineral oil out of their Riverdale, IL facility where tight control of properties allows the Renoil 70-T to meet FermiLab’s exacting standards. Very high clarity is required to ensure that the photocell detectors will be able to measure every neutrino collision in the detector.
In the project, the Fermi Accelerator in Batavia, IL will beam neutrinos through the earth to the Canadian border. There, the detector will measure how many and what “flavor” arrive at the destination (800 km). The project is designed to learn more about these hard to detect neutrinos.
The path of the neutrinos is shown below (as deep as 10 km below the Earth’s surface).