zMAX Delivers Savings on Fuel, Maintenance and Oil Consumption
zMAX treated locomotives are currently operating with dramatic results at several Short-Line Railroads. Check on the tabs below to learn more about What is zMAX?, the Benefits of Using zMAX, Why You Should Use zMAX, and zMAX Test Results.
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What is zMAX?
- zMAX Micro-lubricant was developed in 1938 to insure positive lubrication for engines during initial start-up, running conditions and non-use.
- The only product of its kind, zMAX is a pure petroleum product compatible with all motor oils.
- zMAX molecules have been reformulated smaller than regular engine oil molecules. This allows the zMAX micro-molecules to soak into the metal.
How Does zMAX Work
- zMAX Micro-lubricant keeps metal surfaces cooler and better lubricated to help fuels and oils do the job they were designed for.
- zMAX uses the oil as a carrying agent to reach the metal.
- Penetrates into metal 82x deeper [photo right] than other lubricants (based on Auger Electron Spectroscopy).
- zMAX penetrates, lubricates, cleans and protects metal from the inside out. There is simply no other product like zMAX micro-lubricant.
- Disperses varnish, carbon and other harmful performance robbing deposits.
- zMAX is incorporated into your 92-day locomotive maintenance schedule.
Benefits of Using zMAX
- Measurable fuel and oil savings
- Reduces exhaust stack emissions of black smoke and oil particulates
- Reduced ground pollution from oil puddling
- For new and used locomotives and all fuel types
- Replenish into oil during 92 day inspection
- Results gained through improved combustion efficiency
zMAX Helps Improve Fuel Efficiency in New and Used Engines
- zMAX has proven itself to reduce fuel consumption by an average of 5% in engines.
- Has been time tested over 70 years in both field and laboratory tests.
- zMAX maintains the critical oil film seal between the pistons, rings and cylinder walls resulting in proper combustion sealing (reduced blow-by).
- Proper combustion sealing increases horsepower, reduces and stabilizes fuel and oil consumption.
- Proper combustion sealing reduces oil particulate emissions, black smoke (partially burned fuel) out the exhaust stack and oil puddles from the crank case breather hose.
- zMAX improves lubricity and reduces wear.
- In used engines, zMAX will dissolve and disperse harmful deposits, helping improve and maintain performance.
- In new engines, zMAX will maintain baseline performance throughout the life of the engine.
- zMAX is safe to use in older engines with silver bearings.
Why Use zMAX?
- Increased cooling, reduces deposits and provides better heat dissipation at shut down and helps improve turbo response.
Non-Use and Startup
- zMAX oil film stays in the metal, continuously protecting against corrosion.
- Instant oil film at start up protects surfaces until full lubrication reaches components.
- Beneficial for locomotives in short or long term storage.
- Improved heat transfer from zMAX's micro-lubrication results in cooler surfaces and less thermal distortion.
- Less oil breakdown / better lubricated and cleaner surfaces / viscosity stability.
Less Deposit Build-Up
- Deposits reduce oil flow and the oil's ability to transfer heat.
- zMAX-treated surfaces stay lubricated so it's difficult for deposits to form on them.
- zMAX continuously weeps out the metal pores and stays on the metal.
- Results in more efficient combustion
- Improves fuel economy, increases horsepower and lowers emissions.
- zMAX's ability to cool and lubricate cylinder walls helps keep the critical oil film seal between pistons/rings and cylinder walls.
- Smoother running engine, improved throttle response.
Field Tests at Western Short-Line
Comparison of the two oil filters indicates cleaner oil with less deposits using zMAX application.
Field Tests at Southern Short-Line
Two SW1500 locomotives were treated on May 8, 2014 with zMAX into the oil systems.
- At the 92 day inspection period, customer reported a reduction in black smoke on both treated units.
- Oil analysis performed with paper chromatography.
- Results show less soot, which correlates with improved combustion. See photos on next slide.
- Next 92-day test period is currently underway.