Published May 21, 2014

Doctors call hypertension, or high blood pressure, the "silent killer." According to the CDC, 1 in 3 adults in the USA suffer from hypertension, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, and costs us almost $48 billion annually in medical costs. The CDC estimates that 20 percent of Americans who have hypertension are not aware of their condition and its associated risks.

Hydraulic, gear-lube, diesel fuel and engine oil systems have their own "silent killer": particle contamination. A 3-year independent study run by Caterpillar found that "some hydraulic components lasted up to 10 times longer with proper contamination control." An SAE study found that adding bypass filtration "can reduce the [engine] wear rate to less than half." It is a safe bet that a huge percentage of bulk fluid storage tanks suffer from the "silent killer" of contamination, and that a tremendous amount of money is spent to repair the resulting problems.

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