The service can help mining companies to reduce unscheduled equipment downtime and improve productivity, by enabling operators to take a proactive approach to equipment maintenance.
In the extreme conditions and rough terrain typical of mining sites, machine failure is a common problem, with the associated expense of equipment downtime impacting on operator profitability.
As a result, it is critical that operators use high performance lubricants, in combination with regular oil condition monitoring, to help reduce downtime of both stationary and mobile equipment.
Mobil Serv Lubricant Analysis can help engineers address operating challenges and help them take a proactive approach to maintenance. By examining changes in oil analysis data over time, also known as ‘trending’, it is possible to better assess the condition of both the oil and the machine. This can help to proactively address undesirable conditions before they become serious problems.
The programme replaces ExxonMobil’s Signum Oil Analysis and offers a comprehensive range of 25 different analysis options, allowing customers to track productivity and spot anomalies. When monitored regularly, the service can help to enhance equipment reliability and lubricant consumption. It can also help to extend oil drain intervals, which can reduce operational costs and improve safety through less intervention with machinery.
Mobil Serv Lubricant Analysis takes predictive maintenance to the next level by offering features such as a mobile app, scan-and-go bottles and flexible analysis capabilities. The introduction of the paperless scan-and-go technology with QR codes means that customers can now more quickly and easily deliver samples to ExxonMobil’s oil analysis laboratory.
Results and customised equipment recommendations can now also be accessed via mobile or tablet devices using a cloud-based app. In addition, regional and global operations can monitor performance virtually regardless of where they are based.
Ayman Ali, ExxonMobil’s industrial marketing adviser for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, said: “With the availability and output of mining machinery directly linked to the overall productivity and profitability of a mining site, effective maintenance is critical. Our next generation used oil analysis service enables mine site operators to proactively monitor equipment operating in challenging conditions, helping to reduce equipment downtime and improve productivity.”