Leader in the production of lubricants
OUR PERFORMANCES AS LUBRICANTS MANUFACTURERS
Under our brands Xtreme and MonteCarlo, we offer a full line of products that counts more than 125 articles: motor oils for cars, motorcycles, trucks, transmissions and brake fluids, antifreezes, lubricants for agricultural and industrial applications (including white oils) and greases.
We are also specialized in private labelling services. The combination of a wide range of blending formulas, many packaging options and customer-specific labels offers countless solutions.
Our production plant is located in the Benevento area, considering its central position with regards to the foremost raw materials supply centres and the optimal surrounding road network and intermodal links. Indeed, we are close to two of the busiest Italian ports, Naples and Salerno, and have also ideal connections to the hinterland. This allows us to rapidly meet the requests of our domestic and foreign clients.
The plant covers an overall surface of 16.000 square metres, 5.000 of which are indoors, for the production and storage of finished products, whereas the remaining 11.000 are outdoors, featuring the 800.000 litres capacity tanks and the freight handling areas. Other tanks are dedicated to white oils, both pharmaceutical and technical, for around 150.000 litres.
With a storage area of roughly 2 million litres of lubricating products and a daily productive output of about 80.000 litres, the productive site is one of the most modern and functional sites for the blending and packaging of lubricants.
We blend our lubricants in the state-of-the-art and fully automated site with 8 production lines. The advanced production techniques and regular controls constitute the fundamental base for high quality standards and constant performance.
One of our strong points is the internal chemical-physical testing laboratory, equipped with the most sophisticated devices for quality tests on lubricants, additives and chemical products. Every purchased base oil and additive, as well as every blended product undergoes several accurate controls and analysis to certify its property and guarantee that every lubricant fully meets its specifications. Diagnoses are also carried out on coolants, brake fluids, white oils, fluids in service and used lubricants.
Among the many analyses that our laboratory carries out, we can include:
The kinematic viscosity at 40 °C and 100 °C (ASTM D-7042):
Viscosity is one of the most important characteristics of fluids. It determines the thickness of the film between the components to be lubricated and gives important information on the state of the lubricant during service. An increase in viscosity may indicate oxidative deterioration of the oil or contamination by unburned particles and / or wear metals. A decrease may indicate a fuel dilution. It is therefore a parameter to be kept under control. The measurement of the flow time of the lubricant through a calibrated capillary is carried out in a thermostatic bath at different temperatures, according to the type of oil analyzed. The viscosity degree of the hot lubricant, which for an engine oil is defined by the SAE J300 specification and for a transmission oil by the SAE J 306 specification, is determined with the viscosity at 100 °C. On the other hand, for hydraulic and industrial oils, the degree of viscosity is defined by the ISO 3448 standard and is determined by the viscosity at 40 °C. The AxxonOil laboratory is equipped with two SVM viscometers where the kinematic viscosity is determined at 40 °C and 100 °C (ASTM D-7042). These tools provide maximum flexibility covering the entire range of viscosities, densities and temperatures and deliver results in seconds.
The density at 15 °C (ASTM D-4052):
Density is a fundamental physical property that can be used together with other properties to characterize both light and heavy fractions of oil and petroleum products. The determination of the relative density is necessary for the conversion of the measured volumes at the standard temperature of 15 °C. The relative density or specific weight is one of the routine control tests that we run in the blending process. The digital density meter available in AxxonOil allows to measure the relative density not only of petroleum products but also of antifreeze and brake fluids. In combination with other tests, it is also used to characterize unknown oils, as it correlates with the nature of the crude oil source.
The pour point (ASTM D-97):
The pour point is the minimum temperature at which oil flows. It is determined by cooling a preheated sample at a given rate and examining its flow characteristics at 3 °C intervals. For the user of lubricants, the pour point becomes relevant when low temperatures are such that they affect the flow of the oil. In some industrial applications, it represents a critical value since it identifies the minimum service temperature of the oil. For white oils, the pour point provides a means of determining the type of raw material used for refining and its previous processing history. It also reflects the presence of wax or paraffinic hydrocarbons.
The total base number or TBN (ASTM D-2896):
The total base number (TBN) is one of the main parameters for evaluating the quality of a lubricant, especially in the long term.The TBN evaluates the ability of a lubricant to neutralize acids that are formed during the combustion process. Ultimately it represents a parameter that tells us how much the lubricant’s ability to cancel the effects of these acids is still potentially worth. This parameter is particularly relevant for oils intended for heavy duty given the generally severe service conditions in which these vehicles operate. For the oil to guarantee the necessary protection of the parts, it is essential that the TBN, while decreasing over time, remains at acceptable values. A 50% drop in the TBN value should be considered as a caution level, it indicates that the oil is close to the end of its service life: at this point it is necessary to top up or change the oil. A decrease of 75% is instead a critical limit that can lead to serious damage. If, on the other hand, the TBN is too low, the consequences can also be very serious as some elements of the engine could undergo corrosion and / or sludge.ASTM D-2896 is the suitable method for determining TBN for both new and used oils. This method has been used in studies evaluating the end of life of the engine oil as the test is sensitive to low alkalinity values that would not be readily detectable with other methodologies.
The ASTM / SAYBOLT Color (ASTM D-1500 / ASTM D-156):
The ASTM D156 method or Saybolt color scale is applicable to refined products that have an ASTM color lighter than 0.5. This method is used for slightly yellowish but low chromium petroleum products such as mineral oil, kerosene, gasoline, naphtha, aviation fuels, white petroleum waxes and pharmaceutical white oils.This color scale ranges from +30 to -16. Pharmaceutical grade white mineral oils which must be clear and colorless (Saybolt +30). The degree of color / transparency is a critical property for white mineral oils which makes them useful in their many cosmetic, pharmaceutical, agricultural, food and industrial applications.On the other hand, the ASTM D-1500 method or ASTM color scale is applied to more colored petroleum products such as lubricants, additives and base oils. It is a color scale ranging from pale straw yellow to deep red in sixteen steps (0.5-8.0 units in 0.5 increments). The visual comparators can reach a resolution of 0.5 units, while the automatic Lovibond® PFX and PFXi instruments in the AxxonOil Laboratory reach a resolution of 0.1.The color of a lubricating oil is not always a reliable guide to product quality and should not be used indiscriminately by the consumer as a purchasing specification.
The low temperature viscosity Cold Cranking Simulator-CCS (ASTM D-5293):
With the ASTM D-5293 (Cold cranking viscosity or CCS) method, the apparent viscosity of engine oils and base oils is determined using a cold start simulator (CCS) at temperatures between -5 and -35 °C. This method simulates the viscosity of the oil in the crankshaft bearings during cold start, which is one of the requirements specified in the SAE J300 standard that defines the degree of viscosity of the oil. CCS viscosity helps define the “W” or “winter” part of a multigrade oil. As with the kinematic viscosity, SAE J300 defines mandatory ranges that must be met: the lowest “W” level achieved must be declared.
|Viscosity grade at low temperature SAE J 300||Max viscosity value (mPas) at low temperature (°C)|
|0W||6200 @ -35|
|5W||6600 @ -30|
|10W||7000 @ -25|
|15W||7000 @ -20|
|20W||9500 @ -15|
|25W||13000 @ -10|
The viscosity at high shear and high temperature HT-HS (ASTM D-4683):
High shear and high temperature viscosities are representative of the conditions encountered in bearings in high performance automotive engines to ensure reliability and fuel efficiency.
The ASTM D4683 method determines the dynamic viscosity of engine oils at 150 °C and the shear rate 1×106 s-1 using a tapered bearing viscometer (TBS viscometer) equipped with a refined thermoregulation system.
With the determination of viscosity at high temperature and high shear rate, it has been possible to establish the minimum shear rate limits for engine oils under severe operating conditions, which have become part of the SAE J-300 engine oil viscosity classification.
The ICP-AES inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ASTM D-5185):
While it is in circulation, the oil accumulates deposits resulting from wear and external contaminants.Plasma emission spectrometry rapidly identifies 22 elements in new oils as well as wear metals and contaminants in waste oils. The most analyzed elements are Aluminum, Boron, Barium, Calcium, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Manganese, Sodium, Potassium, Nickel, Phosphorus, Lead, Silica, Tin, Zinc and Sulfur. This analysis determines the quantity of certain additives remaining in the lubricant and therefore indicates the remaining service life of the oil. In addition, AxxonOil also uses ICP-AES during the production of lubricating oils for quality control and compliance with production and industry specifications. Finally, high concentrations of wear metals can indicate abnormal wear or contamination. For this reason, this test method can be used to monitor the condition of a machinery and evaluate when corrective actions are required.
The Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy FT-IR (ASTM E-1252 / ASTM E-2412):
Infrared or IR spectroscopy is an absorption spectroscopic technique normally used in the field of analytical chemistry and the characterization of liquid, solid and vapor phase materials.
ASTM E-1252 qualitative infrared analysis is performed by identifying the functional group or comparing the IR absorption spectra of unknown materials. This method is useful for identifying through the functional group area (3800-1300 cm-1) and the fingerprint area (1300 to 650 cm-1) the composition of lubricants, base oils and the identification of some additives.
Additionally, chemical changes such as oxidation, nitration and sulfonation of lubricants, degradation of anti-wear additives and contamination from moisture, fuel, glycol and dust can be assessed by FT-IR according to ASTM E-2412. In this case, the infrared (FT-IR) spectra are determined and the spectra of the new and used lubricant are comparatively evaluated and the type of degradation or contamination is identified.
The results from ASTM E2412 can be combined with the TAN (total acid number) for industrial oils and the TBN (total base number) for motor oils and viscosity data and provide detailed and extended conclusions on oil quality.
IR analysis is now a routine in the AxxonOil laboratory. It is fast and provides reliable results. Furthermore, by examining an IR spectrum it is possible to obtain a large amount of information on the molecular composition of the sample
AxxonOil constantly researches and develops new advanced technology lubricants. Our research department runs tests and laboratory analysis to obtain advanced products that can satisfy the requirements of the most modern engines. The technical experts in lubrication collaborate with the main vehicle’s manufacturers, with clients and with the department of industrial engineering of the University of Salerno in order to have a complete overview of the latest technologies and lubricating needs and to carry forward studies focused also on the ecological sustainability.
Through our vast sales network, our products are available in the whole domestic market. On the international side, we partner with exclusive market distributors.
Supporting our commercial partners is essential: we offer personalized sales and marketing assistance and tailored products for specific markets and sectors.
Xtreme lubricants meet the characteristics required by the world leaders in car manufacturing. Many products passed indeed the long path of tests to obtain the most prestigious approvals (Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, MAN, MACK, Renault, Volvo…). Applications for new OEM approvals continue rapidly.
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AxxonOil is accredited under ISO 9001:2015. In compliance with the international standards, the activities of development and production of lubricant oils and similar chemical products have been certified by SGS.
Purchasing, development, production, laboratory, logistics and sales: every process is constantly under accurate control.
Customer satisfaction plays a central role in our Quality Management System. Quality is not an abstract concept in our company, but a part of our daily routine.
This is the reason why we keep on investing in up-to-date machinery and in training our human resources at each level, ensuring awareness of the relevance of their activities and continually improving the effectiveness of our Quality Management System.