Increasing Reliability Through Quality Lubrication & Contamination Control

Gaubert Oil Company, Inc. Thibodaux, LA - In 2015, Gaubert Oil was chosen by Chevron Lubricants to pilot the ISOCLEAN Certified Lubricants Program. ISOCLEAN, the fastest growing segment for Chevron Lubricants, focuses on providing customers with lubricants that are pre-filtered by an ISOCLEAN Certified Lubricants marketer and certified by Chevron Lubricants through a third-party lab to meet an OEM's specific ISO 4406 oil cleanliness specifications. Having launched this program with Chevron, Gaubert Oil noticed an increased demand among its client-base not only for certified clean products but for services to lubrication systems.

No alt text provided for this imageIndustrial Fluid Management Developed

As a related diversification to the heritage oil distribution business, Gaubert Oil Co. formed Industrial Fluid Management to offer existing and new clients with lubrication-related services such as: High Velocity Oil Flushing, Chemical Cleaning, Varnish Removal & Mitigation, Oil Sampling & Analysis, Oil Filtration & Dehydration, and Lubrication Program Management ( Technicians). Leveraging over 93 years of lubrication experience, IFM offers clients with an unmatched level of service and lubrication expertise.

Services Offered

In order to achieve maximum reliability out of any large piece of rotating equipment, it is imperative that the system is free of harmful contaminants before and after start up. These contaminants include debris left over from installation, water, dirt/particulate, process contamination, and varnish. IFM offers the following services to help achieve maximum reliability through quality lubrication and contamination control:

High Velocity Oil Flushing

During startup or an overhaul of a gas or steam turbine, compressor, hydraulic system, or natural gas and diesel engine, high velocity oil flushing is used as a way to remove harmful contaminants from the inside of the lube oil piping. During installation, the pipe fabrication process can leave behind harmful contaminants such as dirt, metal shavings, and other contaminants that must be removed prior to startup. IFM strictly adheres to the ASTM D6439 Standard Guide for Cleaning, Flushing, and Purification of Steam, Gas, and Hydroelectric Turbine Lubrication Systems.

Varnish Removal & Mitigation

Varnish can form on the metal surfaces of a lubrication system as the result of lubricant depredation and additive fall out. This can lead to many problems such as decreased lubrication properties, increased bearing temperatures, and increased amperage. If not properly addressed, varnish can ruin a system. IFM uses chemical intervention and special filtration media to remove varnish from oil as well as a lubrication system's metal surfaces.

Read our White Paper about the results from a recent varnish removal project

Oil Filtration & Dehydration

The three rules of lubrication storage and handling is that the lubricant must remain clean, dry, and cool. Whether we discover that a system has been contaminated through oil analysis or visual inspection, we have filtration skids and vacuum dehydrators to remove water and particulate from a system without shutting it down. It is well documented that the removal of water and particulate from a lubricant can significantly increase the life of the equipment.

Lubrication Program Management

With over 93+ years in the lubrication business, Gaubert Oil has been providing clients with the products and coaching necessary to help maintenance and reliability professionals better manage their lubrication programs. As a way to take more of an active role in this partnership, IFM introduced Lubrication Program Management to their list of services. IFM lubrication technicians offer clients a best-in-class turn-key lubrication program managed by a team of mechanical engineers and lubrication specialists.

For more information about Industrial Fluid Management or any of our services, please call 800-256-1250 or email

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