Lubrication is essential to machine maintenance. Equipment properly lubricated reduces wear and tear during production, ensures temperatures are in check with operational standards, minimizes corrosion and helps keep contaminants and pollutants out of the system. Organizations will allocate nearly half of their total maintenance costs to lubrication-related activities. The biggest of them all is deploying the oil change.
Spilling the truth on oil changes
An oil change makes certain machines are running smoothly and prolongs engine life. There’s incentive to changing oil regularly. However, therein lies the issue. Performing an oil change is straightforward enough, correct? Not quite. For technicians and mechanics, the traditional oil change process is much more tedious and hazardous. The likelihood of making a mess or even worse can be a costly mistake. Equipment downtime, lost production, employee safety, and environmental integrity are factors an organization will risk when conducting an oil change.
The challenges of changing the oil
A traditional maintenance oil change is cumbersome. From heavy machinery and power generation equipment to fleets and municipalities, changing oil involves thorough training on procedures and equipment and utilizing an arsenal of tools, which bring a multitude of challenges:
Each piece of equipment is different and requires a unique set of instructions
Multiple points can result in cross-contamination
Removing a filter full of oil can be difficult and result in spills, environmental contamination and cleanliness issues
Cramped engine compartments make access a challenge, leading to safety and ergonomic risks for maintenance staff
You can’t just stop performing oil changes. What is the solution then?
QuickFit™ Oil Change System revolutionizes oil maintenance
Parker's QuickFit Oil Change System is unlike anything else available in the marketplace. It’s radically transformed oil changes with a faster, cleaner and safer approach that hasn’t been accomplished until now. QuickFit is revolutionary, yet simple with a three-step process to purge, evacuate and refill oil.
The architecture of QuickFit eliminates oil spills and greatly reduces safety hazards. This is achieved through an accessible, single connection point that allows oil to drain directly to the waste containment, and then can be used to extract the used oil from the filter and pump in new oil. The total number of steps in the process is reduced, which means a faster and safer oil change.
QuickFit combines ease-of-use with comprehensive functionality. Minimal training is necessary and maintenance is simplified as oil changes can be done efficiently and effectively. Productivity goes up while the chances of an error occurring during an oil change are greatly reduced.
Watch the video to see how a traditional oil change compares to Parker’s QuickFit Oil Change System.
Contributed by Matt Walley, product sales manager, Quick Coupling Division Division of Parker Hannifin.