How Oil Analysis Can Save You Money

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By Kevin Thompson, CLS & OMA-1 (STLE), MLT-1 (ICML)

Taking care of high value assets in a manufacturing operation is like taking care of our own bodies. When the systems break down, we break down and cannot perform at our peak levels.  We go to the doctor and the first thing they do is poke us and take a blood sample. Why? Because our blood provides 90% of the data needed to accurately diagnose and prevent downtime in our bodies.

Oil sampling is the same thing. When was the last time you remember sampling your oil? Was it recent, or do you need to scratch your head for a minute? If it took you a minute or two, you are not alone. Many manufacturing, industrial and processing facilities are constantly looking at ways to lower costs, cut expenses and reduce downtime, all while keeping output and performance at peak efficiency. Many decision makers assume the race to efficiency and reliability is a sprint, but, it is truly a marathon. Short term vs. Long term, up-front costs vs. Cost of ownership as the old sayings go. Your company isn’t in a race that is over in a day, so why treat your Reliability program that way…?

The best way to start is with small steps and simple tasks. Plant reliability begins by taking samples of critical machines that drive performance in your operation. Your team can do this, or you can have a partner skilled in Plant Reliability perform these services. The sample data will give you the information needed to diagnose and prevent non-catastrophic failure events inside your operations. Why treat the flu if you have data that says you have another ailment? Same holds true for your equipment – why change the oil, for example, when the issue might be controllable with less expensive measures?

If you want to take full advantage of the programs and expertise available with a partner like Parman Energy Group, contact us today.

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