Frick Industrial Refrigeration is reminding end users of the value of high quality Frick oils by rebranding its global range of proven lubricants under the new Frick PureOilTM name.
John Gay, Marketing Manager, Industrial Refrigeration, Johnson Controls, told OEM/Lube News the new Frick lubricants carry the same number designation as the old, i.e., Frick #9 is now Frick PureOilTM #9.
Frick said in a statement that the move comes in response to questions about the value of OEM-supplied oils, as third party oils from many sources proliferate in the ammonia refrigeration industry.
Quality lubricants play critical roles in mechanical refrigeration systems, protecting compressors and system components, ensuring long life, maintaining leak-tightness and low oil carryover, and enabling proper performance and efficient operation, says Frick. They also play a vital role in reducing corrosion, which can quickly lead to serious internal damage and / or mechanical breakdown.
"Frick brand oils have been proven in thousands of refrigeration plants over many years. Frick PureOil™, the companys new line of uniquely branded and authenticated lubricants, is guaranteed to meet the specifications for particular compressors and mechanical refrigeration applications, while protecting customers from the risks of third party oils."
"Third party branded oils can cause chemical reactions or breakdown of the lubricant or its additives within a compressor system, resulting in bearing damage, plugging of valves, and fouling of heat transfer surfaces which, in turn, can lead to total mechanical breakdown."
Once this happens, the small cost savings sought by using non-Frick oils are completely eliminated by the significant cost of repairing or even replacing the compressor, followed by the clean-up of contamination in the system and piping, said John Gay, Marketing Manager, Industrial Refrigeration. Not to mention the inconvenience for building owners and loss of productivity in process applications. And unplanned events such as these often occur where there is no budget to cover repairs or equipment replacements.
All containers of Frick PureOil™ carry a Frick seal of authenticity, to reassure contractors and end users, and deter those seeking to pass off inferior products as genuine components supplied by Frick.
Johnson Controls manufactures a full line of Frick brand industrial refrigeration equipment for Food and Beverage applications. The company makes Rotary Screw Compressor Packages and Packaged Equipment with Variable Speed Drive. They also make Condensers, Evaporators, AcuAir® Hygienic Air Handlers, Vessels, Heat Exchangers and Controls.
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi-industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries with 130,000 employees.
A brief summary of the new Frick PureOils™ is shown below:
FRICK AMMONIA COMPRESSOR OIL
Frick® PureOil™ #3
Excellent medium/heavy-weight, hydrogenated mineral-based oil for ammonia refrigerant.
Frick® PureOil™ #9
Premium semisynthetic hydro-treated oil designed for ammonia applications. Frick #9 is registered as a lubricant where there is no possibility of food contact (H2) in and around food processing areas.
Frick® PureOil™ #9ST
Similar to Frick #9 but with additional seal treating properties. Frick #9ST is specially blended to condition O-rings in ammonia systems changing from naphthenic oils to higher quality paraffinic oils.
Frick® PureOil™ #11
Is registered by NSF as an (H1) lubricant suitable for incidental contact in and around food processing areas. Frick #11 is not suitable to retrofit systems that have operated on mineral oil due to risk of O-ring shrinkage. NSF H1 rated.
Frick® PureOil™ #11ST
A premium version of Frick #11, blended to condition O-rings in ammonia systems that have operated on mineral oils. This product meets the requirements for a lubricant where there is no possibility of food contact (H2) in and around food processing areas.
Frick® PureOil™ #11FST
Is the only premium H1 rated Food Grade suitable oil for use in new systems, but more importantly, suitable for retrofit of systems that have operated on mineral oils. NSF H1 rated.
HCFC REFRIGERANT OILS
Frick® PureOil™ #2A
Excellent medium-weight, mineral-base oil for halocarbon refrigerants.
HFC REFRIGERANT OILS
Frick® polyolester (POE)
POE-based synthetic lubricants are especially suited for HFC refrigerants, R-134A, R-507, R-404 and the new refrigerant
Frick® PureOil™ #13
Premium quality ester-based synthetic oil. Frick #13 oil is recommended for HFC refrigerant.
Frick® PureOil™ #13B
Premium quality ester-based synthetic oil. Frick #13B oil is recommended for HFC refrigerant applications where higher viscosity is required.