It’s not an exaggeration to say oil is the lifeblood of all machines. Commercial fleet vehicles, heavy machinery and large-scale power generation equipment all rely on clean engine oil to lubricate, protect and cool. Regular oil changes are an essential preventive maintenance function to assure maximizing the productive life of equipment. If maintenance is neglected or not properly maintained, engines will run inefficiently, resulting in unreliable equipment and eventual costly breakdowns.
The cost of downtime can be very significant. On average, manufacturers experience up to 80 hours of downtime annually. That’s 33 days out of the year lost to halted production, machine repairs and labor overhead, costing companies millions of dollars in potential profits. Knowing when, where and how downtime occurs is key to knowing how to prevent it.
With preventive maintenance, you are being proactive by consistently monitoring, inspecting and updating machinery while it’s operating in good standing order rather than wait until a problem arises. Regular maintenance checks are critical to ensuring equipment is operating at peak condition for long stretches of time. This includes an oil analysis to determine when it’s time to change engine oil. In fact, with regular oil checks in engines, you can lower the number of yearly oil changes.
Changing oil sounds simple enough, but there are many significant hidden costs associated with the oil change process that are not taken into account.
Lost production, providing staff with proper training and oil change equipment, consumable supplies and their disposal, labor, testing and inspection contribute to an oil change expense frequently exceeding 40 times the cost of the oil itself.
In addition, oil changes can be complicated and when not done properly, can lead to equipment damage and failure as the result of introducing the wrong oil, adding contaminated oil, over or under filling the sump or reservoir, and starting the equipment dry.
Unfortunately, one of the most common types of chemical spills in the workplace involves oil. It’s considered low toxicity, but is combustible and poses a direct threat to the safety of workers. Spills and leaks can occur at all phases of the oil change process including:
The repercussions of oil spills can range from the need for solvents and cleaning agents to removing oil from equipment and walkways to replacing pavement or digging up soil. Based on the nature and severity of the occurrence, clean up costs may vary from hundreds of dollars to thousands. Most important though is the safety of workers. An employee changing oil is faced with numerous potential safety risks including injury from slipping and skin contact to toxic chemicals. When an injury occurs, the loss of time and productivity directly affects the bottom line. Providing a safe work environment ensures workers will be able to return home to their families unharmed by workplace hazards.
Oil spills can be eliminated by 100%. Parker has revolutionized the oil change experience with a simplified approach to deliver better, cleaner, and safer oil changes for engines and machinery in 30 minutes or less. By removing spills, leaks and drips from the equation with a more environmentally friendly solution, clean up costs associated with oil becomes nonexistent.
QuickFit’s three-step process is designed for ease of use and allows technicians to change oil faster and more effectively. An added plus is the savings on training and labor costs with a standardized solution that can be operated by anyone. Oil is drained directly to the waste containment and then a vacuum is applied to extract the used oil from the filter. This same connection point is then utilized to refill the system with new oil. By applying one connection per compartment, it results in less variability during maintenance checks.
Reducing the number of steps in the process simplifies training for operators and eliminates any risk of safety hazards or spills, which improves an organizations’ bottom line by creating less consumable waste. Plus, QuickFit’s streamlined process helps to lower operating costs, increase profitability and reduce oil change time by 50%.
The QuickFit System features an ergonomic design that allows for easier access to even the most cramped and isolated engine compartments. This greatly reduces operator’s exposure to fluids from fill to purge and lowers the possibility of slips, falls, and burns. In return, better safety conditions while changing oil saves time and costs on avoiding workplace injuries while increasing productivity.
Routine maintenance of industrial applications and equipment is critical to the sustainability and efficiency of machinery operations. A key aspect of maintaining the longevity of machines is through proper lubrication that can be accomplished with Parker’s QuickFit Oil Change System. By taking advantage of a single point of connection, oil spills are eliminated while improving safety conditions for employees and greatly reducing downtime and costs.
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Contributed by Matt Walley, product sales manager, Quick Coupling Division, Parker Hannifin
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