How The Oil Industry Supports Sustainable Agriculture Production

Here's some (proverbial) food for thought. Are you aware of ways in which the energy industry supports agricultural production? Many people aren’t aware of the ways oil and agricultural production work together to optimize use of natural resources, promote conservation, feed people, grow the economy, and protect the environment.

In California, local energy production actually provides an additional source of water used to irrigate and grow crops. Although this state has faced water shortages due to growth and natural conditions, energy producers have processes in place that recycles used water, creating additional supply for farmers.

To understand how that works, you have to start by looking at some facts and statistics that contribute to the bigger picture. First, it helps to recognize how much agricultural product comes from California. Consider that eight percent of ALL crops produced in the U.S are grown in California. Those crops are 40 percent of the table foods (such as fruits and nuts) consumed nationwide.

Based on those conditions, it’s easy to understand how the hunger for water is high! So, where does the water go? Half of California’s natural water is reserved for environmental habitat. Of the remaining 50 percent, the majority (40 percent) is used by farmers. The last 10 percent is consumed by people.

But that water isn’t enough to keep farmers’ crops watered. Each year, crop acreage lies fallowed because there isn’t enough water to use in production. Enter the energy industry. For more than 30 years, energy production has created a sustainable, recyclable source of water that can be used for crop irrigation.

The recycled water is a byproduct of energy production. When oil and gas reserves below the ground are tapped, the water mixed in can be separated out and treated. When water is reclaimed from energy production, it’s called “produced water.” The water is processed, treated, and delivered to water districts in California, where it is blended with other surface and groundwater and released to farmers.

This source of water is tested by both California regulators, as well as the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.

Even better, it’s a source of water that helps to conserve resources, provide a sustainable solution, and supports agricultural growth. Recently, more than 16.3 billion gallons of water recycled from energy production was used to irrigate more than 50,000 acres. That’s a statistic you can feel good about.

We’re proud to be part of the California energy industry, and to support agricultural producers as a commercial fuel delivery provider and lubricant supplier!

Need more information? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at Greg’s Petroleum Service. As your fuel delivery service provider in Bakersfield, Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clarita or Ventura, California areas, we are available to help answer any questions you might have. Visit us online or give us a call to learn more.

'In Bloom’: News and Facts About Almond Season in California

Did you know that California is home to the only region where almonds are grown commercially in North America? We covered this topic in a recent blog. Today, we’re sharing additional news, information, and facts about the almond season this year.

In general, the local California almond growing season is between late February and the middle to end of March. Of course, that can vary based on the conditions from year to year. So, how were conditions this year? Here’s a wrap of the 2019 almond season.

Season and conditions: This year, California growers had to deal with stormy, wet weather conditions. Warm temperatures and sunny skies in early February accelerated an early bloom, but the bloom progressed slowly after rain moved in during mid-February. After the almond bloom peaked in late February, stormy, cooler conditions in early March brought the end of the season a bit early. In the first week of March, growers saw what is known as “petal fall” – when the blooms drop from the trees. Now, the white flowers of the bloom have given way to green leaves as crops progress.

Bee Thieves: Another factor growers dealt with this year was the theft of bee colonies. Bees are critical to pollinate crops, as they collect nectar from blooming trees and spread them between flowers. But this year, almond producers found themselves dealing with bee theft, which could lead to serious issues with crop production.

Facts and FAQs: Are you aware that 90 percent of almond producers are family-owned businesses? As we consider the California almond bloom conditions, it’s useful to put it into perspective by considering ‘big picture’ conditions. Additional facts: 80 percent of the world’s almonds are produced in California; and there are multiple different varieties of almonds, that can be used for different purposes. Growing different varieties helps with pollination, and produces almonds for lots of different uses, including snacking and in recipes.

Unique Considerations: Did you know that the California almond bloom draws tourism to the state? It’s true. Many guide books lay out how visitors can check out the “California Bloom Trail,” a 62-mile loop drive that takes motorists through spectacular views of the crops. While in bloom, the sight rivals the famous cherry blossom festival.

While the almond bloom is over, the growing season will last through the summer with the tail end of harvest finishing up in October.

We’re proud to serve our local almond growers, and agricultural producers! In an upcoming blog, we’ll explore more information about the close, mutually beneficial relationship between agricultural producers and the oil and gas industry.

And in the meantime, if you’re ever in need any additional information please don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at Greg’s Petroleum Service. As your commercial fuel delivery provider and lubricant supplier in Bakersfield, Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clarita or Ventura, California areas, we are available to help answer any questions you might have. Visit us online or give us a call to learn more.

Avoid Getting Played By Thieves Targeting Your CFN

Are you taking steps to prevent fraud, theft, and loss? Many operators are focused on fleet maintenance and overhead cost reduction and aren’t aware of the risks from thieves and scammers targeting commercial fueling network (CFN) cards. Are you protecting your CFN cards as you would a credit or debit card, or other assets tied to your accounts? If not, you’re leaving yourself and your organization at risk.

It’s a fact that scammers have developed technology to make it easier than ever to steal information and valuable assets through use of magnetic and RFID-enabled cards. They can install readers at the pump to target both magnetic strips and the newer chip technology, and use the gleaned information to clone cards and steal data that allows them to steal from you down the line.

Today, we’re going to share a bit of information that will help you protect your assets and investment, by giving you the tools you need to avoid the potential pain points of theft, misuse, and loss at the pump. We’re sharing three main ‘best practices,’ with recommendations for fleet fueling service leadership, maintenance, and support staff. You’ll want to bookmark this link to share with your team and refer to later.

Tips From A Fleet Fueling Service Provider To Prevent CFN Loss And Theft

Tip #1: Stay informed and aware.

Are you informed about the types of fraudulent practices bad actors use to steal CFN info? Unfortunately, thieves have gotten savvy about using technology to steal card information. You need to watch for the following:

- Wanding: The practice of getting close enough to a magnetic card to “read” it and steal valuable data that allows access to accounts and other information.
- Skimming: When thieves install a small, unnoticeable card reader on a fuel pump payment terminal to take the card information when you swipe it to make a payment for fuel.
- Shimming: Similar to skimming, this is a device installed at a fuel payment pump to read the newer EMV card chips and steal information to clone the card, and steal from the account.

All of these are theft practices that your team will need to be aware of and watch out for at the pump.

Tip #2: Keep track of critical information.

Getting started, you’ll want to make it a point to know the potential use amounts of fuel for your vehicles, the patterns and habits of drivers, and the typical charge amounts on your card. Otherwise, it will become hard to spot fraudulent activity.

Additionally, just as you’d want to keep track of credit or debit card purchases, and watch for out of the ordinary activity, you’ll also want to keep an eye on the amounts moving through on a CFN card. It just makes good sense, and it will save you trouble if you catch any fraudulent activity early.

Tip #3: Put preventative measures in place.

One easy thing you can do getting started is to protect cards by purchasing RFID blocking wallets or sleeves, to prevent wanding. Also be sure to inform your drivers and maintenance crew of the risks and have them take care to watch for anything suspicious at the pump on a payment terminal.

You may also want to set policies in place to better track fuel purchases, if necessary, and inform your staff of the need to prevent fraud and theft. For example, you might find it useful to restrict card usage based on need, or through a reporting system, that the drivers take part in.

Ideas include restricting card usage by time of day, geography, or amount per month. If you see purchases outside of the normal shift hours, or range for your fleet, you’ll know to check if your CFN card has been compromised or cloned.

Ready to get started? We can help and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have about CFN technology and use. Please don’t hesitate to reach out!

About Us

If you need additional information, please know that the team at Greg's Petro is here to help. As your commercial fuel and lubricant supplier in Bakersfield, Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clarita or Ventura, California areas, we are available to help answer any questions you might have. Visit us online or give us a call to learn more.

How Greg’s Petroleum Service Supports Local Almond Production

Did you know that California is home to the only region where almonds are grown commercially in North America?

It’s true, and it’s just one reason why the team at Greg’s Petroleum Service is so proud of the role we play in the community. We’re a leading commercial fuel delivery service provider and a major source for the oils and lubricants used to maintain local agricultural equipment.

As we head toward the spring months, we wanted to shine a spotlight on the local almond industry and producers.

Fun facts: In the past 30 years, California has seen amazing growth from agricultural producers in the area between Bakersfield and Red Bluff, including approximately 450,000 acres of area between the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys. During those three decades, the yield of almond crops has quadrupled.

At the end of February and beginning of March, almond producers look forward to the bloom of the trees, as they get ready to pollinate and move into another season. (We’ll cover more about the almond bloom in one of our next blogs).

In a nutshell (if you don’t mind the pun), what that means for local farmers is that we’re heading into prime time to be savvy about protecting equipment – from the standpoint of machinery care and maintenance – used in a wide variety of applications to maintain productivity during the coming spring months, and beyond.

What types of equipment does that include? Machine shakers for tree nuts. Pickers, harvesters, hopper trailers and feeders, tractors and trucks, belts, mulching machines, air compressors and vacuum pumps, and so much more.

That’s where we come in. We’re here to provide products, service and expertise to support the growth of the local agricultural industry, including local almond producers.

How? Read on for information vital to maintain agricultural fleets. There are practical applications to consider in your choice of oil and lubricants. Here are just a few of the tips we can give, and important items to consider when making choices for an almond producing fleet.

Use Of Oils And Lubricants For Agricultural Equipment and Processing

First, consider the following: will the piece of equipment come into contact with corrosives, such as the use of fertilizers and chemical spraying? Agricultural producers often choose oils and lubricants with additives to counter rust and oxidation.

Next, consider whether the machine or piece of equipment will be subject to temperature changes leading to condensation. Will the truck be making lots of cold start-ups, and short trips? Does the gear in your machine run all day and generate high temperatures? Look for a lubricant with a higher viscosity.

Is the equipment likely to be subject to much dust and dirt contamination? It’s likely in agricultural settings. In these cases, it’s a better choice to pick a mineral based oil based on cost, as you’ll be changing oil more frequently.

Finally, don’t forget to consider use of food grade oils and lubricants. The food industry has a need for gear oils, chain oils, compressor oils, hydraulic fluids and vacuum pump oils for equipment, just as any other manufacturer would. There are also specialty uses, such as can seamer oils. Although there aren’t currently penalties or requirements to use food grade lubricants, the market is moving in that direction due to increasing demand from both manufacturers and consumers.

And if you need any additional information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at Greg’s Petroleum Service. As your commercial fuel and lubricant supplier, we are available to help answer any questions you might have. Visit us online or give us a call to learn more.

Greg’s Petroleum Service at a Glance

Are you aware of all that Greg’s Petroleum Service offers to customers? Here at the beginning of 2019, we’re providing a quick “one stop shop” list of our services. Take a look and see if there’s something on the list that you need to have taken care of this year.

Whatever your resolutions, and whether you’re a long-time customer or just shopping around, we’re sure you’ll find resources here that will help make this your best year yet! Because, maybe it’s your goal to save money. Or, perhaps you’re looking to improve the performance of your machinery, equipment or fleet. Possibly, you need resources to help you answer questions, or find better products at a great price.

Below we’ve provided a quick list to bookmark and save. It’s by no means comprehensive, though. We encourage you to check out the links to our website pages to learn more about each of the services listed. We hope you find this information helpful!

Fuel, Oil and Lubricant Services

1. Fuel and Lubricant Services. Check out all that we have to offer and more.
2. Commercial Fuel Delivery. We’ll bring the fuel to you.
3. Fleet Fueling. Sign up for our fuel card program and start saving.
4. Oil Analysis. Did you know our team of experts will help you make the best decisions to protect your investment in your fleet, machinery, and equipment?
5. Remote Tank Monitoring. We offer state of the art technology to help you stay on top of tank levels to prevent run outs and the need for last minute deliveries.
6. Waste Oil Pickup. Are you up to date on the latest regulations? We’ll help you meet the requirements and take care of business.

Chevron Retail Branding

Do you own or operate a gas station, or want to get started? We offer both Gasoline Supply Service and Franchise Opportunities.

Lubricant Solutions

- Proud supplier of both Chevron and Valvoline products!
- VPS Chemicals, including transmission fluid and flush, brake fluids, and more.
- Food Grade Lubricants for agricultural and manufacturing purposes.

Other Equipment, and Automotive Supplies

- Paint
- Lubrication Equipment
- Cleaners
- Tire Seal
- Freon
- Silicone
- Absorbent Pads
- Tape
- Gloves and Rags
- Degreasers and Solvents
- And more!

Resource Materials

We have the forms, certificates, application materials that your business may need. We even have a handy savings calculator to help you learn more about how Greg’s Petroleum Service products and services can help you save at the bottom line.

Testimonials

We want to earn your trust! Check out what people are saying.

A Team of Experts to Help

Our team is hardworking, experienced, dedicated, and want to share their top-notch expertise in the field with you. Learn more.

Our team is happy to serve you! If you haven’t found what you’re looking for here, or have questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. As one of the leading commercial fuel and lubricant suppliers in California, we are certain we can meet your needs. We look forward to working with you!

About Us

If you need additional information, please know that the team at Greg's Petroleum Service is here to help. As your commercial fuel and lubricant supplier in Bakersfield, Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clarita or Ventura, California areas, we are available to help answer any questions you might have. Visit us online or give us a call to learn more.

How to Protect your Machinery from Damage Caused by Falling Temperatures

Do you maintain a fleet of machinery or vehicles? If so, you’re probably aware that the right oils and lubricants can protect your valuable equipment from the preventable damage caused by high heat conditions that are part and parcel with heavy use. But did you know that cold temperatures also cause serious damage?

It’s true. Dropping temperatures can have a number of negative impacts on vehicles, equipment and other machinery used in a variety of industrial applications, such as agriculture, construction, manufacturing, and more. As a commercial fuel and lubricant supplier in California, the expert team at Greg’s Petroleum Service always recommends choosing the right oils and lubricants to protect your valuable investment from damage.

First, let’s get the facts. Here’s what you need to keep in mind when you’re making a decision.

How cold temperatures impact oils and lubricants

In general, cold temperatures thicken oils and lubricants. This “cold hard fact” is more important than you’d think.

When we think about maintenance issues, high heat usually tops the list because it can thin lubricants. The thinning can lead to increased friction, increased heat, increased wear, and parts to fail as they (essentially) burn up. This can lead to expensive costs and safety issues.

But on the other side of the spectrum, when the weather is extremely cold or even just cool and the vehicle or machinery has been sitting for a while – as it might overnight, for example – the fluids can harden or just thicken to the point that oils and lubricants don’t circulate the system properly.

When oils and lubricants fail to move through the system, you have the same problems caused by heat: increased friction between un-lubricated parts, and what is often called “metal on metal death.”

And the problems aren’t limited to engines and engine parts. Gear boxes, for example, as well as the internal gear tooth interfaces can be damaged as the oils fail to properly circulate, or even dislodge congealed oils and lubricants that travel and “gum up” the system.

Higher torque is just one issue created. In some cases, you can also see catastrophic failure and the release of energy.

Additionally, oils and lubricants can degrade in cold temperatures over time. The cold can cause the oils to separate into layers, a process called stratification.

Additives in the oils and lubricants are not necessarily the solution, either, as the wrong choice for the environment will also gum up or fail to circulate entirely.

So, what can you do? Look for the following in your choice of oils and lubricants when dealing with colder temperatures, and keep to following best practices when possible:

1. Choose the right viscosity (thickness) in oils and lubricants for your equipment, as recommended by the manufacturer or an expert in maintenance.
2. Check for the correct “pour point” – a term for how temperatures impact the thickness of the oils and lubricant in question.
3. Use heaters, and keep in mind that proper changing methods can have a positive (or negative) impact.
4. If you’re unsure what to choose, do your homework and/or check with an expert. The technology to improve oils and lubricants has come a long way in recent years. Find out if there are new solutions or options, based on your unique circumstances and needs.

Finally, please don’t hesitate to reach out if the team at Greg’s Petroleum Service can provide information, support, or better products for you this season. We look forward to working with you!

What You Need To Know About Transmission Flush

We've said it before, and we’ll say it again. A contaminated, dirty system isn’t just bad form, it can cause early wear and tear, preventable maintenance issues, and system failure. It’s the single most preventable source of additional cost and trouble for anyone who has invested in equipment, machinery, or a service fleet.

In a recent blog, we covered the serious problems caused by contamination of oils and lubricants. Today we’re talking about cleanliness again, but this time we’ll specifically cover transmission issues. Do you know the basics of transmission maintenance, and when to do a system flush versus when to add fluid?

Before we get started, we want to remind you that we always recommend that you call in an expert if you’re not sure what the best practices are to maintain a piece of costly equipment, or to determine best practices for a fleet. As a leading commercial fuel and lubricants supplier in California, the team at Greg’s Petroleum Service can provide advice and support based on your individual needs.

Why Your Machine Needs Clean Transmission Fluid, and When to Flush

As you know, your transmission is responsible for the performance of the gears, clutches, and bearings of your truck, machine, or heavy equipment.

A contaminated transmission system, then, can lead to the inability to shift gears properly, grinding, and even system failure. Contamination is caused (in general) by wind, condensation, routine use, and water.

You can’t really control weather conditions. But routine use can be just as significant a factor. The high heat generated – even under “normal,” or not necessarily extreme conditions – will, over time, break down transmission fluid and leave the system vulnerable to contaminants that build up into sludge and clogging debris in the system.

When that happens, the contaminants aren’t cleared as the (old) fluid circulates through the system or carried along properly to be trapped in the filter. Instead, the contaminants lodge in the narrow fluid passages inside the valve body, where they get trapped and lead to system issues – such as poor gear shifting.

One thing you can do is regularly add a transmission flush additive to help clear debris and sludge. Check your equipment manual for recommendations on the timeline and be sure to be proactive.

But, old dirty transmission fluid, even with regular maintenance, is still carrying debris and isn’t as good for your equipment as new, clean transmission fluid. However, a full transmission flush can be expensive and may even dislodge debris (if the system is super dirty) to cause clogging.

So, what to do? Hopefully, you’re reading this at a time when you can put a maintenance plan in place BEFORE you have a problem.

We recommend you have a good maintenance plan in place to monitor the quality of your transmission fluid and to add cleaning chemicals when necessary. We also recommend using VPS Chemicals, such as those carried by Greg’s Petroleum Service, with higher cleanliness standards.

Remember, we’re here to help! Feel free to call us with questions or to review your individual equipment and circumstances. The right team can not only help with repairs but can provide a service plan to help you prevent issues down the line.

That’s exactly what we do here at Greg's Petroleum Service. Not only are we a trusted fuel fleet service supplier in California, but we also provide expert advice, a variety of automotive chemicals for maintenance, food grade oils and lubricants, and so much more.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to learn more, or if there’s something we can do for you.

How Use of Cleaner Lubricants Saves Your Equipment

Did you know that equipment manufacturers have tightened their cleanliness specifications for service oils and lubricants? It’s true, and it makes sense. If your fleet maintenance schedule doesn’t include a plan to ‘keep it clean,’ you’re leaving yourself open to ‘getting dealt dirty’ with costly (and preventable) ongoing maintenance issues and need for repairs.

As a leading commercial fuel supplier in California, the team at Greg’s Petroleum Service knows from experience that the operators of heavy equipment across industries have invested a lot in their fleet. The vehicles and machinery that they rely upon must stand up to all kinds of conditions. But wind, water, temperature changes, and use conditions such as cold starts and short drive times can lead to contaminated oils and lubricants.

And you may think the biggest risk of contamination is seen by operators of off-road heavy equipment, such as the machinery used in construction. While that is a factor, you might be surprised at how common the problem of contaminated oils and lubricants can be. So, who needs to keep the system clean?

In reality, every operator of motorized equipment can benefit from cleanliness. But the following industries are most likely to see immediate cost savings and results from switching to cleaner lubricants and upgrading their maintenance process.

Agricultural: Such as tractors, pickers and belt systems
Construction: Such as excavators, trucks, and back hoes
Manufacturing: Including conveyor belts, and gears and levers
Service Fleets: Large mass transportation for schools, healthcare organizations, and other emergency and public service providers

Now that you know nearly every industry can benefit, it’s time to look at some facts about how lubricant contamination can impact overall costs. Did you know that two-thirds of lubricant-related machine failure and worn out components is due to abrasion?

And if you do know that, do you know what causes the contamination that leads to abrasion and failed equipment? Over time, oils and lubricants contaminated by small particles lose their protective qualities. The small particles can cause increased friction and abrasion, leading to damage, failure, and preventable issues.

Moreover, those small particles aren’t always obvious when you do a quick visual service inspection. Most particles that cause contamination issues are so small that they’re invisible to the naked eye.

That’s why regular oil and lubricant changes are recommended for equipment used in extreme conditions. But, cost is sometimes a factor that discourage operators from making the frequent changes. Also, some owners choose to use synthetics, which are more expensive and therefore less likely to be changed with the recommended regularity.

But the problems caused by contaminated oils and lubricants aren’t limited to wear and tear, or the failure of a single piece of equipment. Check out this guide with more information on the subject.

In short, equipment issues can lead to loss of productivity, eat into profits, lead to low team morale, and harm the reputation of the company. So, what can you do?

Tips for Keeping Cleaner Oils and Lubricants from a Commercial Fuel and Lubricants Supplier

For all of those reasons, we recommend taking the following steps.

1. Know the right oils and lubricants for your fleet. Many manufacturers are labeling equipment with this information, but it never hurts to double check.
2. Stick to a consistent maintenance schedule. Following the manufacturers guidelines for oil and lubricant changes is critical.
3. Choose a certified clean lubricant that adheres to the ISO cleanliness code. (Ask us, if you don’t know what the ISO cleanliness code is!)
4. If you don’t know whether or not your equipment is making use of the best practices for cleanliness, do your homework to check for specifications and guidelines. It never hurts to call in an expert to review your practices to make sure you’re not overlooking something, either.
5. Finally, we recommend that you get in touch with an expert team.

For more information, please contact us at Greg's Petroleum Service. As a leading commercial fuel and lubricant supplier in California, our team of experts know that the right oils and lubricants can make all of the difference. We can recommend products to reduce contamination and costly wear, as well as improve performance.

If we can provide you with information, service, or products please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

How To Slow Down Wear And Put A Stop To Preventable Damage To Your Brakes

We all know that brake wear, damage and the need for replacements can cause major problems. But did you know that choosing the right brake fluids can make a difference to the life of your equipment? If you’re trying to save time by not checking out your options or hoping to minimize expense by putting off routine maintenance and/or choosing poor products, you’re only going to run into more cost and expensive issues down the road.

Here at Greg’s Petroleum Service, we’re proud to offer fuel service, oils and lubricants, and top quality solvents and chemicals to maintain your fleet of valuable equipment. Based on years of experience, we know that making the correct choices can make all the difference in how your machinery performs and can even extend its lifespan.

So, what do you need to know to extend the life of your brakes, and improve their performance overall? To help, we’ve put together a guide of need-to-know basics. Read on to learn more about how to maintain your braking system.

Advice from a commercial fuel service provider: the right care for braking systems

The first thing we advise is to always keep up with routine fleet service. It’s often helpful to add a brake check to the schedule, just as you do regular oil changes. We recommend that you plan to have your brakes checked every three to six months, depending on the use of the vehicle. The brake check can be done at the same time you would have tires rotated, or on a seasonal basis.

What should you look for during a brake check? Ideally, you’re going to want to have the thickness of the brake pads checked, as well as the calipers, and look for evidence of wear to the drums. But that’s not all a good mechanic will look for as they are performing system maintenance.

Additionally, you must have your brake fluid system maintained. It’s a key part of the process, because brake systems function through use of hydraulics. In general, the way it works is that when you put your foot on the brake pedal, it moves a lever and piston that pushes the fluid through a cylinder. That process multiplies and transmits the power to stop through the brake system.

For that reason, routine brake maintenance should include a check for leaks. But even if no leaks are found, it’s still important to replace old brake fluid.

Did you know that sluggish brake response is a sign that you need to replace old brake fluid? The reason is because old brake fluid absorbs moisture, which will not only reduce the power of your brakes but can also cause the corrosion in the system that can lead to premature brake failure.

So, how often do you need to replace brake fluid to maintain power and prevent corrosion and failure? Many manufacturers recommend that you change every 20,000 miles, or at intervals of every 2 years. But of course, that will vary based on use and conditions.

Here are a few additional signs of a braking system that is having trouble:

- Sounds like squeaking, grinding, or scraping
- The vehicle pulls off to one side when you apply the brakes
- Bouncing up and down when you apply the brakes
- A burning smell

If any of those sound like something you’re experiencing, or you just have questions, it’s time to reach out to a mechanic.

And for more information about top quality, long lasting brake fluids and brake system flush, please contact us at Greg’s Petroleum Service. As the leading fuel fleet service providers in California, our team of experts know that the right fluid can make all of the difference, which is why we recommend and provide Valvoline Professional Series brake fluids.

If we can provide you with information, service, or products please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

We Can Satisfy Your Hunger For Food Grade Lubricants

Did you know there’s a demand for lubricants to service the machinery and fleets of the agricultural and food production industry? Chances are, if you’re a butcher, a baker, farmer or beverage maker, you know that food grade lubricants are an essential ingredient in the mix.

So, what is a food grade lubricant? That’s a somewhat complicated question. The short answer is that not all lubricants are safe to use in the equipment and machinery used to produce food. Because the oil, grease and lubricants used in food production machinery could, through incidental contact, get mixed into the food, it must be deemed safe.

In the past, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) set safety standards for use of food grade lubricants that would come into contact with dairy and other food products. The standards cover use of lubricants, guidelines about additives used in the lubricants, product formulations, and how the lubricant can be used on the machinery.

Therefore, a food grade lubricant meets safety standards for use in the machinery and equipment used to process edible items. A lubricant that meets the standard is classified as an “H1” lubricant. There is also a registration process around lubricants and other nonfood compounds used in food production.

This helps to limit the risk of contamination, injury, and liability. It also meets a growing “hunger” or demand for the highest quality of safety and production for groups with specialized standards, such as those producing allergen friendly, kosher and halal certified foods.

What other applications are food grade lubricants used for? In general, the lubricants are most commonly used in the following industry areas:

- Animal Feed Industry
- Dairy Industry
- Bakeries
- Beverage Producers and Breweries
- Meat and Poultry Industry
- Edible Oil Processing Industry
- Food-associated processing plants
- Pharmaceuticals

But note, that list isn’t exhaustive. And although there aren’t currently penalties or requirements to use food grade lubricants, the market is moving in that direction due to increasing demand from both manufacturers and consumers.

How to choose the right food grade lubricant

So, what are the concerns around food grade lubricants? First, it helps to understand how the lubricants are used. The food industry has a need for gear oils, chain oils, compressor oils, hydraulic fluids and vacuum pump oils for equipment, just as any other manufacturer would. There are also specialty uses, such as can seamer oils.

And just as most manufacturers have varied fleets equipment, so do food manufacturers. Therefore, we run into concerns that are like those of operators that use non-food grade lubricants that no single oil or lubricant will be right for all of their machinery, and under all conditions.

There are questions around use, compliance, and which lubricant additives fall into the H1 category and are safe. So, where do you go for information?

You can visit this website to learn more about standards for food grade lubricants. However, we know that it can seem like a complicated process to review the lubricants and additives individually. It’s certainly time consuming. That’s why we also offer information and advice to help our customers get the answers they need.

As a commercial fuel and lubricant supplier in California, we have the products, service standard, and expertise to answer all of your questions. If you’re searching for food grade lubricants, we can help. And if you need information to help you choose the right lubricants for a varied fleet of equipment, we can help you make the right decisions.

Also, be sure to check out our recent blog choosing the right lubricant for agricultural applications, “You Reap What You Sow: The Right Lubricants For Agricultural Equipment Pays Off.”

Finally, please don’t hesitate to visit us online and/or give us a call if you are looking for a quality food grade lubricant for your equipment. Our team here at Greg’s Petroleum Service is here to help.

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