Q: What are some of Chevron’s technological advancements that are considered industry firsts?
These “firsts” date back to as early as 1936 when we marketed the first compounded engine oil, enabling high speed diesel engine development. Only five years later, we developed a single product that the U.S. Navy could use in all of their diesel engines, significantly reducing the complexity of their maintenance operations.
That spirit of innovation drives us still today. Over the past 25 years, diesel engine technology has evolved significantly, primarily to keep pace with ever-tightening regulations that first targeted pollutant emission reductions and that are now focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving engine efficiency. In 1996, Chevron was the first to document
1 million miles of operation without an overhaul in three different engine models, while being the first to market oils meeting the API CH-4 performance category. New performance standards were introduced every five to six years after that, and we continued to innovate – bringing higher performing oils to market, while upping the ante in terms of life to overhaul. In fact, in 2012 we achieved 1.5 million miles of engine operation in a Detroit Diesel Series 60 without an overhaul.
Delivering the customer value goes beyond just keeping their equipment running longer. It also involves extending maintenance intervals so customers’ products can stay on the road. We recently demonstrated a product that went more than 100,000 miles without an oil or oil filter change. These are oil drain intervals that were unheard of when I started in the industry 20 years ago.
And, most recently, I’ve been really proud of the innovation behind the most expansive new product launch in Delo’s history. We’ve introduced a family of products meeting the API CK-4 and API FA-4 categories that give our customers maximum flexibility to match a product to their business’ needs. Whether it be one of our high performing SAE 15W-40 products for use in off-highway equipment, or older on-road trucks, or a new low viscosity SAE 10W-30 that delivers maximized fuel economy – we’ve got it covered!
Q: How does the introduction of ISOSYN Advanced Technology continue Chevron’s pioneering reputation?
When it comes to delivering on the stringent requirements of today’s engine oil standards, there isn’t a silver bullet. It truly requires the integration of many components that work hand-in-hand to provide the wear protection, deposit control, and resilience to ever hotter operating environments that these new specs demand. ISOSYN Advanced Technology represents our approach to integrating premium Chevron base oils, advanced additive technology, and of course leveraging over 80 years of formulation expertise to bring the technology to life.
Q: Describe how Chevron’s new Delo 400 with ISOSYN advanced technology works in synergy with the changing engine conditions to maximize protection, optimize performance and extend oil life?
The engine oil has a really tough job. It has to be fluid even at very low temperatures when an engine has been sitting overnight, but also be prepared to stand up to the high heat environment once the equipment gets running – without breaking down, forming deposits, or becoming corrosive. To do this we balance a combination of base oils and new higher performing additive technology that maximizes these performance advantages – keeping both the engine and the engine oil running longer!
Q: How does the new Delo 400 product line continue to provide innovations in technology?
Our New Delo 400 product line provides:
• Up to 35 percent improved oil oxidation*
• Up to 68 percent improved wear protection*
• Up to 46 percent improved piston deposit control*
*As compared to previous generation API CJ-4 standards.
We’ve delivered these improvements, while also introducing our first ever lower phosphorus product line that uses ashless anti-wear technology in combination with other traditional performance additives.
Q: What do you see on the horizon for oil innovations?
I really believe that there is so much more that we can do to enhance customer value. We’re doing this by developing even lower viscosity oils that further improve fuel economy, reducing maintenance costs by introducing products that extend oil drain intervals, as well as products that keep emission control systems running longer without costly maintenance. The future is bright!