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Shell Lubricants has revamped its Shell LubeAnalyst oil analysis program that helps customers improve equipment and vehicle reliability and reduce maintenance costs. The upgraded Shell LubeAnalyst program provides an online user interface that offers a worldwide sample history and failure trends on various types of equipment and engine types. The program offers a scientific approach to preventive maintenance.
Oil analysis is one of the most effective ways to monitor the condition of equipment and lubricants. Taking a proactive approach to preventive maintenance helps assess whether fluids and equipment are performing as intended, helping determine the appropriate change intervals for lubricants. A regular oil analysis program helps customers build a historic database, allowing them to watch for trends in a variety of areas. The Shell LubeAnalyst program offers easy-to-use software that allows customers to view and track test results and view offline management information.
“Analyzing used engine oil after every oil change provides an early warning system that may ultimately help lower customers’ total cost of operations,” said Walt Silviera, North American technical manager, Shell Lubricants. “By leveraging the results of the Shell LubeAnalyst program, customers can identify equipment problems before major downtime or expensive maintenance is required.”
Used-oil samples provided through the Shell LubeAnalyst program can reveal whether contaminants such as water, coolant, fuel or dirt are getting into the oil, indicating head-gasket leaks, leaking fuel injectors, or other problems. Spectrochemical analysis detects the presence of wear metals in the oil–and unusually high amounts of wear metals could be a sign of abnormal wear. The analysis also measures the oil’s viscosity, base number (reserve alkalinity) and fuel-soot level.
The knowledge gained from the Shell LubeAnalyst program results can help optimize oil drain intervals, increase equipment reliability, minimize unscheduled downtime, and more precisely track operating efficiency and maintenance practices. This combination can contribute to lower total operating costs and help customers plan and schedule maintenance in advance.
Having the ability to quickly review and track the results of oil analysis testing helps end users make informed decisions about their lubrication practices.
Working with Shell Lubricants technical team members can help optimize operations. Leveraging a worldwide database of sample history and failure trends on a vast inventory of components provides insights that can help predict future problems based on real information. Moreover, the service can provide information on whether the proper oil is being utilized and whether the proper oil-drain interval is maintained for specific operating conditions and equipment duty cycle.
About Shell Lubricants
The term “Shell Lubricants” collectively refers to the companies of Royal Dutch Shell plc that are engaged in the lubricants business. Shell Lubricants companies lead the lubricants industry, supplying more than 13% of global lubricants volume. The companies manufacture and blend products for use in applications ranging from consumer motor oil and food processing oils to heavy industrial lubricants and commercial transport oils. The Shell Lubricants portfolio of top-quality brands includes Pennzoil, Quaker State, FormulaShell, Shell TELLUS, Shell RIMULA, Shell ROTELLA T, Shell SPIRAX, a portfolio of leading car care brands and Jiffy Lube lubrication services.