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We understand the power that information can hold for our customers, which is why our experts at SCL work to share the latest in trends, safety and compliance and a number of other topics on our blog. Please explore the latest entries below or search for articles by topic.

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Salute to SCL’s Veterans

November 11, 2019

On this Veterans Day 2019 we pause to thank all our nation’s Veterans and their families. Luis Mejia – Richmond Operations Manager – United States Army Served from 1999-2006 as a 44-B. Welder/ Metal Worker. 2000- Joined B-Co. 426th Forward Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell,... Read More +

Are Your Empty Skid Tanks Really Empty?

November 7, 2019

HMR Regulations You Should Know to Avoid Hefty (and Often Imposed) Fines For our customers in construction and agriculture, skid tanks are often used for their convenience in providing on-site fuel that keeps operations running efficiently. Unfortunately, they can also be the source of exorbitant fines due to violations in... Read More +

SCL Partners with BIZOL to Offer Start-Stop Engine Solutions

October 31, 2019

Enhanced Protection Ideal for Urban Traffic, Hybrid Vehicles and Fleets Due to successes in reducing idle time, improving fuel economy and lowering emissions, start-stop engines and hybrid vehicles have continued to increase in popularity among consumers and auto manufacturers at nearly every price point. Despite continuing to gain traction, however,... Read More +

Avoid Fines and Ensure Employee Safety This Rainy Season

October 2, 2019

Simple communication and small investments go a long way in preventing accidents  As the East Coast of the United States braces for the start of hurricane season, the fall months in California have traditionally welcomed the beginning of rain. While that can equate to positive news for our agricultural partners,... Read More +

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Evite Multas y Asegure La Seguridad de los Empleados Esta Temporada Lluviosa

October 2, 2019
La comunicación simple y las pequeñas inversiones contribuyen en gran medida a la prevención de accidentes A medida que la… Read More +

New Cardless Swipe Serves as Theft Deterrent at Cardlock Fuel Stations

September 25, 2019

Geolocating App Provides Digital Payment, Receipt Options In response to an increasing number of skimmer fraud instances reported by the California Independent Oil Marketers Association, a new CardlessSwipe option has emerged as an alternative for cardlock fueling stations. The new technology, which uses a geolocating CardlessSwipe app, allows drivers to bypass swiping... Read More +

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El Nuevo Pago sin Tarjeta Sirve como Elemento Antirrobo en las Ubicaciones de Combustible con Cardlock

September 25, 2019
  La aplicación de geolocalización proporciona pago digital, opciones de recibos En respuesta al incremento de casos de fraude reportados… Read More +

How the Saudi Oil Attack Can Affect You and Your Business

September 20, 2019

What You Need to Know to Stay Prepared in the Face of Unpredictibility While questions surrounding weekend drone attacks on a Saudi Arabian oil facility and a nearby oil field continue to arise, there’s one fact that remains relatively unquestioned: the destruction of one of the world’s largest processors of... Read More +

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Cómo Puede fectarle el Ataque Petrolero Saudita a Usted y a su Negocio

September 20, 2019
Oil Stock Prices Rising Lo que Necesita Saber para Mantenerse Preparado ante un Imprevisto Aun cuando siguen surgiendo preguntas sobre… Read More +

Essential Principles for Automotive Service Providers

September 18, 2019

Attentive, Honest Service Providers Can Mean a Tangible Difference in Your Bottom Line For automotive dealerships and service facilities, the service advisor is truly the face of the company for most customers. They are waiting when cars pull up in the service lane, and, oftentimes, they are the only person... Read More +

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Principios Esenciales para Asesores de Servicios Automotrices

September 18, 2019
Mechanic explains vehicle repair invoice to customer in auto repair shop Para los concesionarios de automóviles y las instalaciones de servicio, el… Read More +

Common Objections to Service Recommendations and How to Overcome Them

September 18, 2019

Why Simply Relaying Information Should No Longer be Status Quo When it comes to dealer or factory recommended maintenance or even necessary repairs, many customers are often resistant to accept advice from automotive service providers. They either don’t have the time to wait, they didn’t budget for the expense, they believe... Read More +

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Objectiones Comunes a las Recomendaciones de Servicio y Cómo Superarias

September 18, 2019
Auto mechanic with customer Cuando se trata del mantenimiento recomendado por el distribuidor o la fábrica, o incluso las reparaciones… Read More +

How to Explain Synthetic vs. Conventional Oil to Your Customers So They Understand

September 18, 2019

Educating Customers About Oil Choices Can Build Trust and Loyalty According to a 2018 survey by a leading tire manufacturer, about 1 in 3 customers is not confident enough to select the right oil for their vehicle. A significantly lower percentage than that feel equipped to perform basic car maintenance,... Read More +

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Cómo Explicarle a sus Clientes la Diferencia Entre el Aceite Sintético y el Aceite Convencional

September 18, 2019
Pouring oil into car engine Según una encuesta de 2018 realizada por un fabricante líder de neumáticos, aproximadamente 1 de… Read More +

Double Dip Price Increase on Finished Lubricants

April 29, 2019

Rising Costs of Raw Materials Spur Second Price Increase Last week we published a notification alerting our customers to a pending 6% increase in price based on the rising cost of raw materials. Over the past week, however, most major oil suppliers announced an unexpected additional price increase from 6%... Read More +

Spill Prevention and Secondary Containment

April 16, 2019

New Innovations in Secondary Containment Systems California is tough on waste management, and secondary containment systems are often an essential part of a compliant spill prevention protocol. Title 22, referring to waste generation, is an official code of regulations within the state of California that outlines specific parameters for properly... Read More +

Finished Lubricant Price Increase is on the Horizon

April 10, 2019

Price Increase Scheduled for Finished Lubricants – May 6, 2019 With increases in the cost of raw materials, rising freight costs and overall market fluctuations that affect manufactures, and the processing and delivery of finished products, a 6% finished lubricants price increase will go into effect on May 6th. In... Read More +

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Aumento del Precio del Lubricante Terminado está en el Horizonte

April 10, 2019
Aumento del Precio del Lubricante Terminado Aumento de precios para lubricantes terminados programado – 6 de mayo de 2019 Con… Read More +

Fluid Analysis – The Next Generation of Sample Submission

March 29, 2019

Fluid Analysis – The Next Generation of Sample Submission - Most oil analysis labs do not have your original equipment manufacturer (OEM) information and specific fluid information on file, which can lead to inaccuracy in a customer's overall trending analysis. Fluid analysis data results can become flawed when the appropriate wear limits are not put in place...

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Análisis de Fluidos: La Próxima Generación de Envío deMuestras

March 29, 2019
Análisis De Fluído Cómo los Datos Erróneos Sobre sus Muestras de Líquidos Pueden Costarle Dinero Debido a la falta de… Read More +

Pulling an Oil Sample – Proper Techniques for Maximum Results

March 21, 2019

Pulling an Oil Sample - Proper Techniques for Maximum Results - One of the best ways that you can monitor the health and efficiency of your fleet is to implement regularly scheduled oil analysis as part of your preventative maintenance schedule. Oil analysis gives you a benchmark of the internal conditions within your equipment that you can then monitor over time to make any necessary adjustments...

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Extracción de una Muestra de Aceite: Técnicas Adecuadas para Obtener los Mejores Resultados

March 21, 2019
Extracción de una Muestra de Aceite Al Extraer una Muestra de Aceite, Asegúrese de Utilizar la Técnica Adecuada Una de… Read More +

Oil Sample Turnaround – Why a Rapid Return is Important

March 13, 2019

Oil Sample Turnaround - Why a Rapid Return is Important - Like the blood pumping through our veins, lubricating oil is the lifeblood or plasma within our vehicles and equipment. Without, they would come to a grinding halt - literally. As you can imagine...

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Entrega de Muestras de Aceite: Por Qué es Importante una Devolución Rápida

March 13, 2019
Entrega de Respuesta de Muestras de Aceite Cuanto Más Rápida sea la Devolución, Más Precisos Serán los Resultados Al igual… Read More +

Water in Oil – Keeping Moisture Out of Storage Tanks

March 6, 2019

Oil and Water - Never a Good Combo for Engines or Equipment - With unprecedented moisture levels across the state of California thus far in 2019, it is important to stay on top of safeguarding your lubricant products from rainwater contamination and condensation...

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Agua en el aceite - Manteniendo la Humedad Fuera de los Tanques de almacenamiento

March 6, 2019
Water in Oil Tank Aceite y Agua: Nunca es un Buen Combo para Motores o Equipos Con niveles de humedad… Read More +

Governor Gavin Newsom and California’s Petroleum Industry

January 29, 2019

How Will Gavin Newsom Manage CA’s Energy Sector - On January 7th, 2019, Jerry Brown stepped aside to hand over the reigns to a new governor elect for the state of California – Gavin Newsom. Newsom, a member of the Democratic party, previously served as the lieutenant governor of California under Brown...

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Gobernador Gavin Newsom y la industria petrolera de California

January 29, 2019
Governor Gavin Newsom Climate Agenda ​¿Cómo gestionará Gavin Newsom el sector energético de CA? El 7 de enero de 2019,… Read More +

Prilled Urea Versus Liquid – How Different Forms Affect DEF Cost

January 28, 2019

Liquid Urea vs Prill Form and the Cost of DEF When it comes to the manufacture of diesel exhaust fluid, or DEF, whether the urea content begins in liquid solution or solid prill form can impact the cost of manufacture and ultimately the price of the finished product. DEF is... Read More +

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Urea Granular Versus Líquida: Cómo Afectan las Diferentes Formas al Costo de DEF

January 28, 2019
Urea Granular Versus Líquida Urea Liquida Versus Forma Granular y el Costo de DEF Cuando se trata de la fabricación… Read More +

IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap Looms for the Maritime Industry

January 8, 2019

January 2020 Deadline Looms – Maritime Industry Prepares Less than one year from now, the soft rollout of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) January 2020 sulphur cap regulation will go into full effect. The IMO is responsible for the safe management and environmental stewardship of the shipping industry, and the... Read More +

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OMI 2020 Límite de Azufre Emerge para la Industria Marítima

January 8, 2019
IMO 2020 Emerge Fecha Límite de enero de 2020: la Industria Marítima se Prepara En menos de un año a… Read More +

Used Car Kits – Value for Both Dealerships and Consumers

January 3, 2019

Used Car Kits – A Win for Both Dealers and Car Buyers According to the 2017 Edmunds Used Vehicle Market Report, the sale of used and certified pre-owned vehicles is on the rise with 38.5 million vehicles sold in the second-hand market in 2016 – the highest percentage of used vehicles... Read More +

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Kits de Autos Usados: Valor para Concesionarios y Consumidores

January 3, 2019
Used Car Kits Kits de Autos Usados: Una Victoria tanto para Distribuidores como para Compradores de Autos Según el Informe… Read More +

Rewriting Contracts and Unwinding Sales – Avoid the Hassle

January 1, 2019

Rewrites and Unwinds Can Wreak Havoc on Your Bottom Line As the GM or owner of a car dealership, you know all to well that dealing with chargebacks, rewriting contracts and unwinding sales is a HUGE hassle, and is something we all strive to avoid. The upfront time spent with... Read More +

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Reescribiendo Contratos y Deshaciendo Ventas: Evite los Inconvenientes

January 1, 2019
Reescribiendo Contratos Las Reescrituras y los Deshechos de Ventas Pueden Causar Caos en su Balance Final Como gerente general o… Read More +

Hard-Adds – The True Value for Car Dealerships

December 31, 2018

The Benefits of Dealer Installed “Hard-Adds” From time to time you hit the jackpot and the perfect customer walks into your showroom with zero reservations around paying the full sticker price or MSRP on a vehicle. In that moment, as the dealer principle, general manager, finance manager or CFO of... Read More +

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Adiciones Especiales: El Verdadero Valor para los Concesionarios de Automóviles

December 31, 2018
Adiciones Especiales Los Beneficios de las Adiciones Especiales Instaladas por un Distribuidor De vez en cuando, usted se gana el… Read More +

The Chinese Economy Shifts From Major Exporter to Major Importer

December 28, 2018

The Changing Face of China’s Economy Made in China – The ubiquitous label you find on everything from clothing to kitchenware, toys to sports equipment may be shifting. While the United States occupies the top slot as the largest economy in the world, China is a close contender, and in 2016,... Read More +

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La Economía China Cambia de un Gran Exportador a un Gran Importador

December 28, 2018
Economía China La Fase Cambiante de la Economía China Hecho en China: la etiqueta predominante que se encuentra en todo,… Read More +

PetraFlate Versus AAA Roadside Assistance

December 27, 2018

PetraFlate’s Comprehensive Roadside Assistance Program Accidents happen, and it’s important to know that you have a safety net to catch you when something goes wrong out there on the road – even if it’s as simple as locking your keys in the car on accident. Most people are familiar with... Read More +

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Asistencia en Carretera PetraFlate Versus AAA

December 27, 2018
PetraFlate Versus AAA Programa Integral de Asistencia en Carretera de PetraFlate Los accidentes ocurren, y es importante saber que tiene… Read More +

Holiday Trucking – Logging More Miles Than Santa

December 23, 2018

Holiday Trucking and the Holidays It has been said that the trucking industry is the life blood of the U.S. economy, moving more goods and services across the north American continent than one can even imagine. There are times throughout the year when demand for transport via trucking dramatically spikes... Read More +

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Camiones de Temporada Navideña: Registrando más millas que Santa

December 23, 2018
Camiones de Temporada Navideña Camiones de Temporada Navideña y Navidad Se ha dicho que la industria de camiones es la… Read More +

Car Batteries – Zapped More by Winter Cold Than Summer Heat

November 29, 2018

Extreme Temperatures Are Your Car Battery’s Worst Nightmare It’s a commonly held belief that high summer temperatures are to blame for lowered performance in car batteries or even a full battery drain with air conditioning units running at full throttle. That may not actually be the case, however, since lower... Read More +

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Baterías de Auto: Destruidas más por el Frío del Invierno que por el Calor del Verano

November 29, 2018
Baterías de Auto Las Temperaturas Extremas son la Peor Pesadilla de la Batería de su Auto Es una creencia generalizada… Read More +

Maritime DEF – Emission Standards on the Open Seas

November 27, 2018

SCR Systems Installed Aboard Ocean Going Vessels In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency began implementing emission regulations for the maritime industry by requiring selective catalytic reductions (SCR) systems and the use of marine urea and diesel exhaust fluid (maritime DEF). Initially, the EPA sought to impact emission levels by focusing... Read More +

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DEF Marítimo: Estándares de Emisión en Mar Abierto

November 27, 2018
DEF Marítimo Sistemas SCR Instalados a Bordo de Buques de Navegación Marítima En 2015, la Agencia de Protección Ambiental comenzó… Read More +

Prop 6 Is Out – What This Means to Californians

November 23, 2018

With Midterm Elections Over, Where Do We Go From Here? On November 6th, Californians voted against Proposition 6, a constitutional amendment that would have eliminated a fuel-related tax designated for road repair and transportation infrastructure. Prop 6 aimed to repeal the gas tax that went into effect November 2017, which... Read More +

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La Propuesta 6 está Fuera: Lo que esto Significa para los Californianos

November 23, 2018
Propuesta 6 Con el Final de Las Elecciones de Mitad de Período, ¿Hacia donde Vamos? El 6 de noviembre, los… Read More +
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