AT a time when optimising mining operations to obtain the best possible performance has never been more important, it is vital that maintenance is not left out of the equation. Making maintenance solutions more sustainable can add greatly to the bottom line of any operation.

Techenomics, an independent provider of fluid management and condition monitoring services to the mining, oil & gas, transport, marine and energy sectors, says optimising maintenance enables operators to get more from their engines and equipment. This in turn leads to reduced downtime, less expense on repairs and increased productivity.

With many companies trying to get the best out of their existing equipment and fleets while putting off the expense of purchasing new items, Techenomics’ CEO Chris Adsett says it makes a lot of sense to make the best possible use of maintenance.

He says maintenance can be optimised by utilising the total fluid management services provided by Techenomics, which include oil sampling and analysis as well as other complementary services to ensure oil and lubricants perform better for longer. “The oil analysis provided by Techenomics’ expert staff through our network of accredited laboratories using state of the art equipment provides a window into the hidden workings of engines and hydraulic equipment.

“Analysis of lubricants enables us to check the health of internal components without unnecessary and costly downtime. Techenomics predicts maintenance issues before they arise, leaving engines and equipment doing what they should be doing for longer.”

Chris Adsett says maintenance is often the forgotten cousin when it comes to optimisation but it should play an important role in this process as significant savings can be achieved with the added extra of greater productivity.

“Rather than maintenance being onerous, oil analysis makes it much simpler and more effective, especially when combined with Techenomics’ other fluid management services, including use of magnetic plugs and supply of tungsten disulphide (WS2) additives in oils.

“Magnetic plugs attract sludge and metal pieces that accumulate in oil through wear and tear, and which are generally not visible during oil changes. Analysis of this material enables us to ascertain what is causing it and how to prevent it, ensuring oil performs as it should.

“The WS2 additives, which are distributed by Techenomics throughout its network, enhance oil performance by lowering operating temperatures and reducing harmful emissions. The additives help prevent friction by forming a protective microlayer on the surfaces of metal, reducing wear and the build-up of metal elements in lubricants,” Chris Adsett says.

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