Manufacturers reduce total costs through better lubrication practices

Barrels of CastrolIn today’s environment, many manufacturers are focusing on total cost of ownership to help them sustain competitive advantage. This approach filters through to the way they identify and approach the best suppliers and partners to work with. Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is the approach that Castrol Industrial has adopted for many years to help customers improve their maintenance and production activities. Every one of Castrol’s lubrication offers can create value in the TCO area.

When considering total cost of ownership, manufacturers review and assess the direct and indirect costs and benefits of the materials they purchase. This includes the initial outlay of purchasing e.g. the unit price of products and the volume purchased (direct costs) and any indirect costs affected by product usage e.g. equipment wear rate, safety risks, maintenance costs.

Machinery condition results in seconds! PPM Ferrous Wear Debris Trending

kittiwakeThe ANALEX range of Ferrous Debris Monitors from Kittiwake provide the most accurate means of detecting and measuring ferrous wear debris in lubricating oils, hydraulic oils, and greases irrespective of particle size. The rugged, compact and stable monitors deliver retrievable data quickly and simply, ensuring fast, accurate and consistent management of oil condition samples.

The range is ideal for all industrial sectors from power plants, to mines and quarries, railways and heavy construction, and the technology is used worldwide to improve production efficiency, reduce equipment downtime and increase operational profitability.

EasySHIP Water in Oil reagent is here

Kittiwake easyshipKittiwake are continually looking for ways to cut the cost of testing for our customers. One way of doing this is to decrease the hazardous nature of our tests for use and for transportation. Over the past two years we have reclassified over 80 reagents and a recent breakthrough by our Scientists now enables us to provide many of the Kittiwake DIGI Test Kits in non-hazardous for shipping versions.

The new EasySHIP reagent sachet has been developed solely with shipping costs in mind. For the first time you can now buy the DIGI Kittiwake Water in Oil test which is non-hazardous for transport and for use. On average this will save over 70% on shipping costs, dramatically reducing the overall cost per test*.

Hygroscopic Breathers Achieve maximum machine performance, Use a unique filtration process to treat the cause not the symptom . . .

Hygroscopic breathersRemove moisture and particles before entry to the system.Moisture and particle accumulation are major factors of oil contamination in industrial equipment. Neglected, these detriments restrict equipment efficiency, causing machine downtime and significant expense in replacement oil, parts and repair labour. Des-Case hygroscopic breathers incorporate a proven, field tested design.

They prevent water and contaminates from entering fluid reservoirs as differential pressures occur through thermal expansion and contraction of the fluid, or during the filling or emptying process. Manufactured with a hygroscopic agent, they have the capability to extract water vapour from the air as it is drawn through the unit. Accompanying solid particles are then removed by a patented polyester fabric filter, allowing only clean, dry air to enter the system.


Fuchs LubricationBased in North London with excellent access to the UK motorway network, FUCHS LUBRITECH UK provides the whole range of FUCHS LUBRITECH speciality products. In addition the plant has manufacturing and product support facilities for a specific range of specialised fluids and greases:

•    Milling and blending facilities for water, solvent and oil based solid lubricant dispersions and coatings. •    High temperature greases and assembly pastes with solid lubricants and mineral oil and synthetic fluid components.
•    Blending facilities for specialised fluid lubricants such as chain and rope oils. •    Food grade manufacturing facility for NSF H1 approved oils and greases. •    Clean manufacturing area for PFPE and PTFE lubricants and greases

PCMS announces new web access for clients of its Oil-Analysis Service

new easy access web-based front-endPCMS Engineering Ltd are pleased to announce a new easy access web-based front-end for clients using their highly successful Managed Oil-Analysis Service, which covers the analysis and interpretation of oil samples.

The newly-launched interactive web capability enables multiple-user access to  results and information stored in firewall-secured data compartments.

The History of Oil Analysis, or

oil condition sensorThe emergence of onboard sensor technology and usage is clearly at hand and ever expanding. Sensors represent a dynamic, long-term paradigm shift in the way oil is and will be analyzed. Tracing the history of oil analysis will help us understand how this came about and, perhaps, where it might lead.

In the beginning: The first serious inspection efforts were made in laboratories


Oil Level IndicationOil level indication is a vital part of any system and requires a quick and simple checking procedure. Ideally a quick visual sight check during other regular maintenance


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Synthetic lubricants cut energy costs

Energy ChartIndustry in general is still to wake up to the full energy saving potential of enhanced lubricant technology,   perhaps   because   energy   saving synthetic  lubricants  are  perceived  as  expensive, compared to traditional mineral oils. Justification for increased expenditure on lubricants can be difficult, as lubricants are often viewed as a maintenance cost, while energy is seen as an operating cost.

A recent study at a leading food manufacturer by Fuchs Lubricants, illustrates the savings that synthetic oils can offer. Energy consumption was reduced by more than 5% in hydraulic systems and bearings, > 5% in spur gears and >30% in worm gears. Trials of new synthetic lubricants on a single 100HP rotary compressor, operating on full load over three shifts, resulted in savings of

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