Why you need intelligent, independent oil analysis
If you’re like most Production Engineers or Managers, you only think about oil when there’s a problem. The hard truth is that this firefighting approach ultimately leads to machine breakdown – which results in downtime, expensive repairs and missed production targets
Lubrication issues are often at the heart of mechanical problems – research from Shell found that 80% of all equipment failures are related to poor or improper lubrication practice.
While oil analysis may not seem like a thrilling topic or be a particularly exciting thing to spend your budget on, you need it. And you need it to be done correctly and thoroughly to enable you to successfully fill orders (and, in some cases, avoid penalties for missing deadlines).
Many manufacturers don’t realise that there are two main pitfalls when it comes to oil analysis:
- They consider oil analysis test results to tick the box – without having an easy way of converting test results into an action plan that informs preventative maintenance
- They rely on the oil analysis that comes ‘free’ from their oil supplier – a company that has an interest in selling you more oil
To avoid these pitfalls you need intelligent, independent oil analysis – a quick, easy and inexpensive way to identify conditions that threaten your production.
Here are the four main ways in which you’ll benefit from this approach:
BENEFIT 1: You’ll get useful, actionable and unbiased advice
You won’t just get lab results. We analyse your data to identify the root causes of oil contamination and then our engineers recommend the most effective solution if an issue needs addressing.
With SFR, having no vested interest in a particular supplier, you get completely impartial advice.
BENEFIT 2: You can simplify your maintenance schedule
You’ll be provided with an action list that tells you what needs to be done and when it needs doing. This makes preventative maintenance easy, so you can dramatically reduce machine downtime.
BENEFIT 3: You can address critical issues before they cause disruption
When you have a true analysis of root cause and an action list, it’s easy to identify critical issues immediately – so you can take care of them straightaway.
For example, we notify you within 24 hours if there’s a critical issue and use traffic light colour coding on action sheets to indicate priority issues.
BENEFIT 4: You’ll get access to all of your data for reporting and compliance
Being able to access your data securely online makes reporting quick and easy. For instance, we were the first UK company to use LubeTrak, a secure online system that enables you to access all your oil analysis data for reporting and compliance purposes.