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Nestle Waters North America recently released the results of a collaborative program designed to eliminate servo-valve failures in its Husky HyPET 500 units, which caused downtime and multiple component replacement. The program also intended to extend drain intervals, reduce energy consumption, reduce bottom-line costs and be environmentally intelligent and appropriate for use in a food/beverage plant.
After two years, the program demonstrated that use of Hydrotex SYN-Nth hydraulic fluid in this application, when combined with the principles of lubrication management, significantly reduced incidence of valve failure and improved energy efficiency. For the second year of monitoring, there were no servo-valve failures, the fluid analysis indicated no wear metals or oil degradation, and the energy efficiency improved by more than 13.5 percent after 13,000 hours of operation.
"With our conversion to the new SYN-Nth hydraulic fluid, we have increased the mean time between failure of our components, and our hydraulic systems run cleaner and generate less heat into the hydraulic fluid," said Art Schrimpe, national process improvement manager of Nestle Waters. "We lowered energy usage, which in turn reduces our carbon footprint. We have moved away from the annual replacement of oil suggested by Husky for conventional oils, and after two years continue to see positive oil analysis reports on the viscosity and cleanliness."
For more information, visit www.nestle-watersna.com.