Everything You Should Know About High Viscosity Oils

Different types of mineral oils are everywhere in daily life, from baby oil, engine lubrication oils to high viscosity oils and many more. In fact, the United States is the world’s number one producer and consumer of mineral oil, representing an 18% share. However, despite oil being such a constant presence in today’s society, many consumers don’t fully understand oils and where they are used. This beginner’s guide to high viscosity oils will help you understand where they’re used and what makes an oil count as high-viscosity.

What Does High Viscosity Mean?

Generally speaking, viscosity refers to the thickness of a liquid. This quality impacts how the liquid moves and flows, as well as what it can be used for. High viscosity liquids are thicker, such as syrup, while low viscosity liquids are thinner, like water. The chemical makeup of a liquid determines its viscosity, as well as defining potential applications. High viscosity oils refer to higher molecular weight (longer molecules), lower volatility oils that are ‘thicker’ than others.

How Are High Viscosity Oils Used?

While many people think of oils as a cooking ingredient or as motor oils, high viscosity oils are used in more specialized applications. The advantage of high viscosity oils is that they have longer molecules and higher boiling point which means that they stay where they are put. Lighter oils evaporate in high-temperature applications like baking or as automotive soft-touch interior components. Using high viscosity oils mean that the soft-touch parts remain soft because the oil remains in the parts even through years of high-temperature use (think hot summer interiors of cars). Another excellent application for high viscosity oil is as a grease component that can handle heat.

High viscosity white oils can also be used to create food-grade items. The superior stability of the high viscosity white oil and its long molecules reduce migration to the surface of rubberlike plastic parts that can be used for food contact.

Windmill bearing lubricants are a specialty lubricant application that requires high viscosity where normal mineral oils with viscosity boosting additives may not perform as well as naturally higher viscosity mineral oil.

What About Low Viscosity Oils?

Low viscosity oils also play their part in manufacturing and nearly every industry. Mineral oil applications can include acting as a mold release agent, a catalyst carrier oil, dust control, a pigment dispersing agent, and more.

For example, low viscosity oils are essential in metal rolling, oil drilling and manufacturing many food-grade items. However, the potential applications determine what viscosity is needed. While low viscosity mineral oils are an essential part of many operations, their uses differ from those of high viscosity oils.

Understanding the differences between high viscosity oils and low viscosity oils can be helpful in selecting the right oil for your industrial needs. For more information on premium and food grade mineral oils, including high viscosity white oils that are right for you and your company, contact Renkert Oil today.

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.

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.

5 Common Misconceptions About White Mineral Oil

When it comes to lubricants and oils, it’s important to have the right information to prevent unplanned equipment shutdowns and product contamination. And because safety and productivity are both vital in the pharmaceutical and food industries and many others, it’s crucial to eliminate common misconceptions.

That said, consider the following five myths surrounding white mineral oil so you can feel confident the next time you place an order:

  1. White mineral oil is the same as any other oil. No two oils are the same. You wouldn’t choose high viscosity oils when your machines need low viscosity oils, and you wouldn’t opt for mineral oils when you need to order synthetics. Each oil is uniquely formulated for its application and regulatory requirements. White mineral oil, in particular, is designed to be food-safe whereas other oils aren’t.
  2. You can use industrial oils in food processing. There’s a common misconception that it’s okay to use industrial lubricants depending on whether the application is above or below the line. But industrial lubricants are still capable of reaching the food and beverages even if it’s used on the gearbox below the conveyor belt. This can be dangerous because these industrial lubricants can include lithium, barium, and black graphite.
  3. Black or blue oil is better than white oil. The color of the oil you’re using isn’t a key factor in selecting the oil for an application. What you do want to pay attention to is the viscosity, base, and thickener in the oil.
  4. Food-grade oils don’t work as well as other oils. Food-grade oils can be formulated using synthetics, which enables them to work well in high temperatures without compromising safety.
  5. All products are compatible. Just because your oil is food-safe doesn’t mean it’s compatible with other products. Oils are fabricated with various thickeners and there’s never a guarantee that two will be compatible. Always exercise caution when changing oils. Mixing food-grade with non-food-grade oils can create contamination issues.

Where can I find a white mineral oil supplier?

Not all oils are the same and can’t be used for every application. Oils in concentrations ranging from 1-99% are found in skin creams, lotions, body and face cleansers, lipsticks, vaselines, baby oils, and more. This makes white mineral oils safe for food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic production.

If you’re looking for white oil manufacturers for high viscosity oils or low viscosity oils, Renkert Oil is the place for you. To learn more about our variety of high viscosity oils and performance lubricants, contact Renkert Oil today.