April 2009

NOW is the Time to Invest in Your Testing Program
Fleet Cost Savings through Oil Analysis
by Jonathan Sowers, CLS
Marketing Manager, Technical Services

Companies that thrive during hard economic times are those that implement innovative cost-saving strategies. Instead of replacing expensive equipment, they improve existing maintenance practices or implement new maintenance programs so they can continue to rely on the equipment currently in use. Successful companies understand that a well managed oil analysis program results in immediate as well as long-term cost savings. The time has never been more critical for you to keep your equipment running, streamline your maintenance practices, get every drop of value out of your engine oils, and shrink your overall maintenance costs.

Oil analysis testing provides insight into what is happening inside your engine. Testing and analyzing your lubricants helps determine if your air filter is malfunctioning, if fuel injectors are leaking, or if you need to pressurize the cooling system to find a pesky coolant leak. Oil analysis can expose excessive blow-by and changes in the lubricant chemistry that may result in compromised engine performance. Access to this data prior to scheduled preventative maintenance can equip you with the knowledge you need to address problems immediately and make low cost repairs. Rather than reacting to unexpected downtime due to engine failure, oil analysis gives you the tools you need to adopt cost effective measures and avoid expensive repairs later.

In addition to savings realized through the discovery of problems in the initial stages of development, analyzing in-service lubricants helps you manage costs by maintaining the quality of your engine oil. If you use premium quality engine oil, you pay for premium serviceability and excellent performance. By monitoring the lubricant’s physical and chemical parameters, your oil analysis program can help you extend drain intervals safely. When you extrapolate increased drain intervals of just 5,000 miles to an entire fleet, these savings are significant. We all understand that well maintained equipment extends the life of that equipment and prevents future, costly repairs. A well-managed oil analysis program includes using correct and consistent sampling procedures at regularly scheduled intervals. The return on this investment:

  • A well-maintained engine readily available for production

  • Reduced overall maintenance costs

  • Improved asset availability

  • Extended fleet operation

We understand that implementing an oil analysis program is just one way in which you can manage costs during a declining economy. However, it is one of the easiest steps you can take to realize immediate savings.

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