Written by Matt Hill, Industrial Lubricant Manager, WP Group
This week, experts from the power and prime mover industries will come together at the annual IDGTE Technology Seminar to discover the power generation sector’s latest technologies and innovations. At WP Group, we’ve worked in partnership with ExxonMobil for over 20 years and together, have delivered expert lubrication solutions for gas engine applications. I will be joining Mobil on their stand at this year’s IDGTE, so if you’ll be joining us, take a look at the top three questions we’ll be answering:
1. Why should I inspect my engine?
Businesses often avoid performing engine inspections due to potential loss of productivity, resource and money this may incur. However, inspections are best planned during scheduled engine overhaul or partial inspections, as this allows businesses to prepare for loss of activity and plan accordingly. By conducting engine inspections, you can proactively manage the maintenance and performance of equipment. The results show potential equipment damage and this early detection removes the risk of unscheduled downtime and reduces the need for replacement parts and labour cost. With various tools available to conduct engine inspections, it is essential that users are trained and knowledgeable of how to utilities them.
2. How can I extend drain intervals?
Among others, ensuring the correct lubrication is selected for each equipment is key when it comes to extending oil drain intervals. This is easier said than done, as the amount of lubricant choice available in the market leads to poor lubrication selection and can be the biggest contributing factor to. This is why we work closely alongside our customers to ensure optimum lubricant selection based on OEM recommendations, equipment requirements and operating conditions.
3. How can I identify root cause of failures?
There are various methods available to identify the root cause of failures from oil analysis, gear and bearing failure analysis to infrared scanning, but knowing which of these methods are most effective is a challenge I see faced by countless businesses. Additional training and demonstrations of effectively using these tools is essential which can be provided by expert industry engineering services. Although initially resource and time heavy, these investigations reveal the root cause of equipment failures and enable businesses to future proof operations from continuous failures and loss of productivity.
For more information, join me and ExxonMobil Senior Field Engineer, Sandy Reid-Peters, at IDGTE this week! Or if you’re unable to attend, get in touch to arrange a meeting.
Look forward to seeing you there.