New Q8 Schumann: perfecting compressor oil

The application of compressors is evolving over time, creating new challenging operating conditions for compressor lubricants. Q8Oils has improved the formulation of its top tier Q8 Schumann compressor oil to meet the new and future market requirements. 

Recent developments in the application of compressors require lubricants that can withstand high pressures and high temperatures.

The (re)making of a top tier compressor lubricant

Since the introduction in 1989, the Q8 Schumann has been a top tier synthetic compressor oil, deployable for a multitude of applications. As a response to the evolving market requirements for compressor oils, Q8Oils has now improved this market leading product. The research and development team In Rotterdam developed a new formulation, resulting in:

  • a lower sulphur content,
  • a higher thermal stability
  • a higher oxidation stability

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Benefits of the new Q8 Schumann

The benefits of the improved Q8 Schumann synthetic compressor oil are obvious. Thanks to its high thermal and oxidation stability this group IV (PAO) based lubricant will prevent the formation of deposits and avoid lacquering, extending oil drain interval and the lifespan of components.

Comparative oxidation tests between the old and new Schumann compressor oils showed a remarkable better result with the new formulation, as shown in the pictures below.

Q8 Schumann 46 - old
Q8 Schumann 46 - old
Q8 Schumann 46 - new
Q8 Schumann 46 - new

The new Q8 Schumann 46 is clearer than the old formulation, indicating the improved oxidation stability

The results of the IP 280 showed a much lower formation of deposits on the glass  of the test tube. Only after 240 hours the first deposits began to form.

Q8 Schumann after 96 hrs: Old vs New
Q8 Schumann after 96 hrs: Old vs New
Q8 Schumann after 120 hrs: Old vs New
Q8 Schumann after 120 hrs: Old vs New
Q8 Schumann after 144 hrs: Old vs New
Q8 Schumann after 144 hrs: Old vs New
Q8 Schumann after 168 hrs: Old vs New
Q8 Schumann after 168 hrs: Old (TAN=0.3) vs New (TAN=0.1) - Results of IP 28
Q8 Schumann after 240 hrs: Old vs New
Q8 Schumann after 240 hrs: Old (TAN=0.3) vs New (TAN=0.1)
Q8 Schumann after 240 hrs after rinsing: Old vs New
Q8 Schumann after 240 hrs after rinsing: Old vs New

Meeting current and future market requirements

The Q8 Schumann range is a group IV (PAO) based lubricant with viscosities ranging from ISO VG 32 to 150, suited for the lubrication of air compressors and vacuum pump oil for both screw and reciprocating compressors that can be categorized as ISO 6743-3, DAA-DAB-DAG-DAH-DAJ and DVA. Q8Oils’ newly developed lubricant is in line with all industry standards, including the DIN 51506-2 VDL specification and the Pneurop test.

The Q8 Schuman has been a leading compressor oil for several decades. Thanks to the improved formula it will continue to do so in the future.

Joris van der List

From our expert Joris van der List

After working 8 years in the Q8Research institute in Rotterdam, Joris van der List joined Q8Oils in 2011. Next to being Technical Sales Manager, he is expert in the Energy segment and has a background in mechanical engineering.

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