Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Top-Class Lubricants by Apache Oil Company: Phillips 66 Lubricants

We at Apache Oil Company are honored to be viewed by our clients as the leading supplier of Phillips 66 Industrial Lubricants to automotive suppliers, car dealerships, companies with fleet vehicles, and plant turnarounds in the Greater Houston Texas area. This is something that makes us glad and even more determined to provide our customers with top-class products. What made us decide to partner up with Phillips 66? One of the reasons is its long and rich history, which can be traced back to the year 1905. Brothers Frank and L.E. Phillips discovered oil in Oklahoma, which eventually led to the launch of the Phillips Petroleum Company in 1917. Later on, Phillips 66 introduced its very first multi-grade motor oil, the 1954 TropArtic® All Season. In 1979, the company launched a first for the aviation industry: an ashless dispersant oil with multi-viscosity, the X/C®.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Quality Automotive Dealer Supplies: Air Filters, Motor Oil, and More

Here at Apache Oil Company, we strive to be the premier resource of quality automotive dealer supplies. To ensure this, we always fill our inventories with the best products on the market. After all, our clients are businesses that want to provide their own customers with top-quality products. Among our most popular products are Baldwin filters. We fully trust this brand because of the premium quality and innovative design that it brings through its products. Let’s take a look at their air filters.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Tips for a Safe Refinery Turnaround

Refinery turnaround is a must for every oil refinery’s operation. Equipment and materials are updated or subjected to maintenance to enhance operational efficiency. This maintenance activity requires shutting down and even disassembling complex machinery, which can be dangerous for refinery workers and contractors. Follow these turnaround safety tips to reduce the chances of accidents:

Re-educate the people involved

Plant turnaround is done once a year only so don’t expect adequate retention regarding the safety measures. Re-educate employees for a refresher. Since this activity involves special tasks like piping installation, compressor overhaul and instrument calibration, it’s important to inform contractors, like fuel services, about your plant’s safety procedures, potential hazards, communication systems and chain of command.

Monday, March 16, 2015

What to Look for in an Onsite Fuel Service Company

Most industries today are highly dependent on a steady supply of fuel. This means that when fuel runs out, most of their major operations will likely cease, which may affect the business’s profit and stability. To avoid such disasters, businesses must have a Plan B. They must have a fuel source ready for such emergencies. Here’s what you should keep in mind when looking for an onsite fuel service:
  1. Accessibility
No one knows when disasters will strike. The company you’ll choose should always be accessible any time of the day throughout the year. You should also base your decision on the supplier’s location so that during times of emergency, you can have fuel delivered to you on short notice.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Synthetic Lubricants for Vehicles? Why Not?

Everyone nowadays relies heavily on cars, since these are important in bringing them to and from their destinations. Everyday use, however, slowly wears down vital moving parts, causing friction and making vehicles less efficient in terms of performance. Hence, frequent application of high-quality lubricants is important in ensuring optimal performance from engines.

Conventional and Synthetic Lubricants

There are two types of lubricants available for vehicles—namely, conventional and synthetic. Conventional lubricants are generally made from crude oil, extracted from the ground, and meticulously refined to remove any impurities. They are then mixed with other chemicals before reaching the market, but sometimes they can still contain insoluble materials such as paraffin, dirt, and silicon. On the other hand, synthetic lubricants are man-made, and are typically derived from natural gas or alcohol, making them free from any undesirable contaminants.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Retail Fuel Vendors Need Emergency Fuel Supplies in Case of Shortages

Fuel shortages are not uncommon and can strike anytime. There will always be major triggers that cannot be accounted for in advance—say, an intense natural disaster such as a surprisingly strong hurricane. In these situations, much attention is placed on the price and availability of fuel. One example would be Hurricane Sandy a few years back, which caused a lot of destruction and, in the aftermath, a serious fuel shortage. During these times, emergency fuel delivery service providers spring into action to address the needs of beleaguered fuel retailers and take some weight off their shoulders. When disturbances take place, retailers are prone to changes in the availability of products as well as unstable wholesale prices. Prices may go up drastically, and enforced allocations may be put in place. Complicating matters is that people rush out to fill up and accumulate stock when there are fears of shortage, which can leave fuel suppliers empty.

Monday, March 2, 2015

What Auto Repair Shop Owners Need

Today’s cars are designed to last for at least 250,000 miles. However, an increasing number of Americans are holding on to their vehicles for a lot longer than that, even if it means more frequent repairs. If you own an auto repair shop, this can be good news. Here are some tips on how you can take advantage of the changing behavior of many vehicle owners.

First, you have to make sure that your shop has a well-defined list of products and services. This is where every other consideration—from the types of mechanics to hire to the particular permits to obtain—is based. Also, you have to consider conducting a survey on the most common types of vehicles found in your location to know exactly the types of services to offer.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Often Overlooked Factor During a Plant Turnaround – On-site Fueling

Here at Apache Oil Company, we want our clients to get the best results on any project that involves our services. One of the most important things we do is managing valuable refinery turnaround. A turnaround is costly, not just because of the expense it entails but also because of production loss. However, no one can deny its importance to the future of a company. The goal, then, is to keep it as short as possible.