Extend Your Equipment Life with a Focus on Cleanliness
A key component to optimizing the life of your equipment is the lubricant you use. Whether you have large hydraulics, fixed rotating equipment or a fleet of construction machinery with engines and hydraulics; your business runs on a thin film of oil. The oil you use can mean the difference of years of operational bliss or frustrating downtime. While the oil viscosity and type is critical, the cleanliness of your lubricant is also essential and often overlooked as a part of your preventative maintenance program.
Clean oil is an absolute must if you are trying to get the maximum life out of your equipment. One thing to consider and understand is that new oil is rarely clean. Oil coming out of the typical drum is usually 3-4 times more contaminated than OEM specifications for hydraulics or bearings. When you consider the path that oil follows to get to your equipment, it makes sense. Starting at the refinery, through the blend facility and into packaging, a drum is then stored and shipped to a warehouse where it breathes in the ambient air and humidity all through the process. Once it reaches your site it may be stored inside or outside and is subjected to your plant or construction site environment. The process of oil going from refinery to the distributor or the shelf you buy from can increase the contaminants in your oil exponentially.
Understanding the potential for new oil to already be more contaminated than your OEM recommends is important because over 50% of all component failures are the direct result of fluid contamination from dirt and foreign particles.
As a rule of thumb, when you are investing in oil, you should also invest in good storage and handling practices including filtration, dedicated hoses and pumps and further reliability services focused on keeping contaminants out or removing them once they are found in your bulk storage or operating equipment. Oil testing and filtration is as important as the oil itself. One without the other dooms your equipment for premature failure, even if you are using premium quality oils.
Not sure if oil filtration is really worth it? OEMs and Major lubricant manufacturers are working now more than ever to educate their end users about the impact of cleanliness on their equipment and are stepping up programs around warranty claims and pre-filtered lubricants to optimize their products to their customers and minimize unwanted repairs and downtime.
The benefits of oil filtration are numerous. The removal of dirt, debris and wear particulate increases the purity of the oil and in turn slows the rate of mechanical wear and increases the life of the oil. With tighter tolerances and more demand on every piece of equipment you own, oil quality and cleanliness will be of paramount importance to keep your business running and profitable.
Who provides these services?
Typically there is a choice to make when it comes to improving your lubricant storage and handling and that is going with a Do It Yourself (DIY) program or outsourcing it to a company that will provide full service and support. Like most things, a combination of both of these will provide you the best results with buy in from your maintenance team and access to knowledgeable experts in the field. Several products companies provide storage and handling systems that can be designed for your specific application that include filtration, tanks, transfer pumps and contamination control products. There are a smaller number of lubricant providers that can deliver oil that already meets your OEM cleanliness targets. There are also Service companies that will bundle these offerings and work with you to provide a turn key option for setting up a lubricants program.
When looking at your business, you will want to look at the criticality of your equipment and gain an understanding of where you are today. Determining if the oil in your operating systems and reservoirs are currently meeting the OEM cleanliness specification will help guide your decision on where to focus on improvements.
NEW doesn’t mean CLEAN and CLEAN is CRITICAL. If you are looking for a way to impact the life of your equipment a focus on meeting your OEM cleanliness specifications can have a lasting impact on your overall business profitability.
RelaDyne is the Nation leading distributor of premium lubricants and industrial and automotive products and provider of a full range of Reliability Services. RelaDyne’s PetroClean program encompasses oil filtration and our PetroClean Lubricants – pre-filtered oil delivered to your facility or reservoirs – are just a few of the many services we offer our customers for their benefit.
Interested in how RelaDyne can help you extend your equipment life through reliability services? Contact us today for a Cleanliness Evaluation on your existing bulk tanks and operating reservoirs.
Why Reliability Services Are Worth Your Investment
Reliability Services are imperative for many industrial operations. Equipment failures are common, and the ability to diagnose and fix the failure is important in order to maintain efficient and profitable operation.
RelaDyne Reliability Services serve six areas of lubrication processes, including product cleaning, system cleaning, equipment rentals, fueling services, lubrication training and technicians, and waste steam management. Our portfolio of products ensures a solution for your every reliability need.
Investment of our Reliability Services has countless benefits, including:
- Increased equipment life and performance by 4-8 times
- Eliminated product contamination and increased product output
- Meet or exceed OEM system cleanliness specifications
- Reduced unscheduled downtimes and forced outages
- Maximized rental equipment effectiveness
All of these benefits plus optimal safety standards give RelaDyne Reliability Services the competitive edge and performance you need to operate at full efficiency and capacity.
With RelaDyne Reliability Services, you are able to spend less on new machinery and production and increase your profit margin considerably. By adhering to the highest cleanliness and anti-contamination standards, less product will be wasted and less machine downtime is needed for maintenance.
Our reliability services serve nearly every relevant industry - petrochemical, refining, power generation, steel and metalworking, pulp and paper, manufacturing, marine, oilfield, mining, construction, fuel, industrial, and automotive.
RelaDyne Reliability Service Portfolio of Products
RelaDyne’s PetroClean oil filtration process removes contaminants from lubricating fluids through custom fluid handling equipment designed specifically for your unique application. Proper storage and handling of your critical fluids with RelaDyne’s PetroQuip services will improve equipment life and lower operating costs. TurboFlush services make sure your systems avoid premature wear and failure due to contamination. RediFuel tackles fueling logistics for any application: emergencies, turnarounds, maintenance, construction and backup power systems. RelaDyne’s LubeServ services designs and manages your lubrication program. Minimize liability through proper management of your waste streams with RelaDyne’s FluidCare services. Interested in learning more about our Reliability Services products? Click here to download our Reliability Services Brochure.
Varnish in Oil and How It Can Sneak Up on Equipment
Varnish is an inevitable enemy of hydraulic and lubricating systems. However, removing harmful varnish from equipment can be resolved with our help at RelaDyne.
What is the Root Cause of Varnish? Along with tar and sludge, varnish is one of the results of oxidation, a chemical process created from the friction and heat of operating a lubricating oil or hydraulic machine. This friction and heat cause the quality of a machine's lubricating oil to deteriorate over time.
Once this degradation occurs, byproducts from the oil will start to settle throughout the system. Over time, these byproducts will attach to the surfaces of the equipment, creating a sticky coating called varnish. The presence of varnish also attracts other contaminants, forming an abrasive surface on piping, valves, filters and other components that are vital to the performance of your equipment.
Equipment Problems Caused by Varnish
Varnish can be formed after oxidation and the development of free radicals. These sticky deposits attach to the metal surfaces of strainers, piping, valves, filters, and other equipment. As a result, these sticky deposits and other small particulates continue to build up around and can form a rough and dangerous surface.
Here are a few other equipment problems caused by varnish:
- Sticking movable parts such as directional valves
- Increased wear due to varnish attracting dirt and solid contaminants
- A reduction in filter efficiency and filter plugging
- Increased maintenance costs due to cleanup and removal of oil
Preventing and Resolving Varnish Problems
Recent advances in hydraulic control and lubricating oil systems have helped to reduce many varnish problems. Cleaning methods such as mechanical filters and detergents show mixed results. Oil analysis tests have been proven unreliable or limited at best in determining a machine's potential varnish levels.
At RelaDyne, we have developed a patent-pending oil processing technology to remove harmful varnish from lubrication systems. This technology removes varnish from circulating oil and strips it away from valves and the interiors of your equipment. If you are looking for long-term solutions for varnish that sneaks up on your equipment, contact us today.
Using Diesel Exhaust Fluid – Logistics and Advantages
When the EPA placed stricter standards on three-quarter-ton and larger pickup trucks, automotive manufacturers were forced to come up with ways to cut down nitrogen oxide levels. They managed not only to do this but also to manufacture vehicles with more power and torque than ever. A major contributor to this advancement was the use of selective catalytic reduction (SCR).
Most SCR systems use diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), which is a mixture of urea and deionized water, sprayed into the exhaust stream to break down the nitrogen oxide into harmless nitrogen and water. By introducing fluid into the exhaust, the manufacturer is free to build as much power as it wants.
At RelaDyne, we carry a complete line of DEF equipment to complement our API-certified DEF. We offer high quality products to help our customers reach their full potential.
Logistics of Using DEF
Diesel exhaust fluid is typically made from 2/3 deionized water and 1/3 urea. Although urea is derived from the by-products of urine, a synthetic version is made so that no animals are harmed in the production of the fluid. When using DEF, and depending on how much you are hauling, your vehicle will use approximately 2.5 gallons for every 800 or so miles of travel. Depending on the model of truck you drive, your DEF gauge can appear as like a fuel gauge, a digital indicator, or a low fluid warning light.
DEF has become readily available in a variety of places, from truck stops that sell it in multi-gallon containers or at the pump to Walmart or an automotive store. At RelaDyne, we make sure our customers are well-equipped to operate with DEF in a contaminant-free environment using closed-loop storage technology.
Advantages of DEF
Although having a diesel exhaust fluid system in your truck can take up a bit more space and add a small amount of weight, there are a number of advantages to DEF:
- Optimized combustion
- Better fuel efficiency
- Increased power
- Reduced maintenance
- Fewer regenerations
- Less wear on the engine
- Safer emissions
- Better reliability
Take advantage of the benefits of driving a vehicle equipped with a DEF system. At RelaDyne, we have the expertise to help you be prepared to fuel your system and maintain the inventory necessary to keep your fleet running smoothly and successfully.