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Optimize your lubrication processes and achieve significant reduction in your overall mechanical maintenance costs with our proven lubrication solutions

Used oil analysis – lab test
Lab oil analysis

Oil analysis is a scientific approach to optimize lubrication practices. This powerful tool is provided by BP through internationally recognized laboratories This service adds value in terms of:

 

 

Predictive maintenance

 

Periodically monitors and build trends of equipment running conditions and compares against established performance parameters. Raises flags on abnormal equipment operation.

 

 

Reactive maintenance

 

Provides diagnostics to oil and equipment condition and supports breakdown root cause analysis. Assists recommending suitable measures to avoid failure repetition.

 

Oil analysis provides precision data on equipment and lubricant condition including viscosity, viscosity index, total base number (TBN), water content, wear metals and more. Warnings and alerts are raised based on industry standards of oil parameters.

Key benefits

 

  • Extend oil service intervals without jeopardizing equipment protection.
  • Improve maintenance planning and scheduling.
  • Enhance equipment reliability.
  • Anticipate potential failures.
  • Receive expert assessment on causes and recommended follow-up actions.
Used oil analysis – onsite
Onsite oil testing

For minimal result lead-time, BP provides field oil testing kits delivering basic diagnostics to support quick decision making. Onsite oil analysis is performed by trained workshop staff (Training on how to use the kit is provided free of charge). 

 

This kit is specifically useful for condition monitoring of equipment operating in remote locations for long periods or when quick troubleshooting is required.

 

 

Additional value provided by this kit includes: 
 
  • Test results are obtained on the spot.
  • Instant protective actions can be taken to avoid potential damage to equipment if oil condition is found to be below acceptable limits.
Training

BP offers lubrication trainings and industry specific seminars for its customers.BP technical staff will identify areas of potential knowledge improvement and capability building within customer staff and agree on technical topics to cover during training.

 

 

Basic Training covers topics such as:

 

  • Lubrication fundamentals
  • Lubricant safe storage & handling

 

 

Advanced Training covers topics such as:

 

  • Used oil analysis / Oil monitoring
  • Oil sampling best practices
  • Equipment reliability, specific products or applications
  • Filtration, onsite oil testing and other services
  • Other tailor-made lubrication related topics based on customer requirements

 

BP industry specific seminars showcase recent developments in lubricant technologies and enhance networking and knowledge sharing within different industrial sectors.

Key Benefits: 
 
  • Develop technical competency of plant personnel
  • Increase staff exposure to market trends
Onsite technical assistance
A BP field engineer will conduct frequent visits to:
  • Apply agreed programs and services.
  • Provide on-site technical troubleshooting of equipment lubrication problems.
  • Recommend appropriate mitigation actions where applicable. 
The main objectives of this service
 
  • Provide prompt resolution of problems.
  • Reduce downtime and avoid repetition of premature failures.
  • Improve equipment/workshop productivity.
  • Reduce maintenance expenditures.
Oil handling equipment support
Support for bulk storage tanks*
This service involves supply, installation & commissioning of lubricant handling equipment.
Key benefits
 
  • Easier and safer operations.
  • Better environmental impact by reducing drum and pail spills.

 

* not available for all territories. Please refer to your local distributor for more information.
Filtration

Maintenance is the largest single controllable expense in mechanical workshops. A considerable number of mechanical failures happen due to contamination in oil. Filtration can create noticeable cost savings by contributing to eliminate the root cause of equipment failure. 

 

Lubricant cleanliness is crucial for maintaining the service life of mechanical parts. Higher particle contamination leads to faster wear rates and therefore more frequent failures and breakdowns.BP provides filtration solutions for hydraulic and gear systems to fortify preventative maintenance and help achieve longer service life of system components.

 

 

Hydraulic fluid filtration
 

BP provides a portable filtration cart to be used in kidney loop filtration, flushing and fluid transfer. Hydraulic filtration is applied on machinery and hydraulic equipment to maintain cleanliness levels. Hydraulic fluid is analyzed before and after filtration to set filtration time required to achieve target ISO cleanliness levels.

 

 

Gear oil filtration
 

While filtration of high viscosity gear oil can be a challenge, BP can provide gear oil filtration service where quick deterioration in oil cleanliness is suffered.

 

 

Lube tank breathers

 

The best way to control the oil contamination is to stop the contaminants from entering the system in the first place. This entails making sure that the oil system is well sealed from the environment with intact seals and gaskets as well as high quality tank breathers including fine particle and moisture retention types. BP provides high quality breathers to be installed on gearbox vent lines, lube tanks or any other atmospheric oil reservoirs to minimize particle and moisture ingress in lube systems.

Lube chart

BP assists in creating a professionally designed lubrication program to insure effective & efficient operations, increase equipment productivity & reliability and provide the most return on investment. Tools such as Lube Charts, Product Tagging and Total Cost-of-Ownership Calculator are utilized to achieve these goals. 

 

After gathering necessary information about equipment and currently used oils, a lubrication chart is submitted indicating the following:

 

  • A list of lubricated equipment.
  • Lubrication points in each equipment.
  • The right lubricant for each lubrication point*
  • Top-up interval for each lubrication point.
  • Drain interval for each lubrication point**
Key benefits
 
  • Better control on lubrication related maintenance practices
  • Lower lubrication delays or product mixing probabilities.

 

* based on OEM recommendations or industry standards.
** drain intervals are modified according to Total Cost-of-Ownership (TCO) calculation.
Product tagging

As product mixing is very common in busy workshops specially those handling multiple lubricants, and since this can easily result in reduced equipment reliability, BP provides colour coded tags and thermal resistance stickers in different shapes to be stuck on:

 

  • Oil drums upon receipt in site.
  • Oil storage and handling equipment (tanks, pumps, hose reels, nozzles, grease guns, filtration trolleys, etc.)
  • Each lubrication point in machinery.

 

This provides visual aid to workshop staff to avoid human errors leading to product cross contamination. Each oil pack is dedicated to a specific set of lubrication points and handled by a specific set of oil handling equipment.

Key benefits
 
  • Eliminates product mixing and cross contamination probabilities.
  • Provides visual aid and oil change tips to lubrication staff.
  • Improves machine reliability.
Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) calculation

To help customers utilize BP’s premium product range to its highest potential, a TCO calculation is provided to customers. The aim of this calculation is to assess the positive financial impact of extending oil change intervals. 

 

Savings achieved by using BP’s products is based on actual operational data gathered from different functions in customer’s organization. This calculation illustrates financial benefits in the following areas:

 

  • Revenue benefits as a result of enhanced unit availability and reduced equipment downtime.
  • Expenditure reduction as a result of less purchased lubricant quantities and related spare parts.
  • Process improvement related to reduced labor manhours.
Key benefits
 
  • Quantifies operational safety, environmental protection and equipment productivity unleashed by BP’s premium products.
  • Helps staff recognize and document actual lubrication cost per operating hour rather than lubricant cost per liter.
Borescope inspection

Usage of inappropriate or incompetent lubricants can be devastating to the insides of your equipment. Lubrication issues usually occur where you cannot see. Internal machinery deterioration will develop and by the time physical symptoms are noticed, it is usually too late to fix. Bad lubrication is a key factor that leads to excessive overhauling activities and parts replacement. 

 

As a part of its complete lubrication solution to different industry segments, BP provides borescope inspection service to be performed on valuable assets where premature failures cannot be afforded. 

 

To assure that BP lubricants are performing as promised, Borescope Inspection is done on select assets to examine the inner walls of the engine for corrosion, deposits, unusual wear patterns, pitting, cracks and general engine cleanliness in combustion chamber components such as valves, valve seats, piston crowns, cylinder barrels without having to dismantle the engine. A full inspection report is submitted to workshop staff. 

 

Borescope inspection can also be performed on stationary equipment such as gearboxes, pumps, bearings and many other hard to dismantle mechanical parts.

Thermographic inspection
Thermographic inspection is done to identify operations pain points and predict unexpected failures of bearings, gearboxes, hydraulic pumps and other critical industrial components. It is also used to record and document energy saving benefits achieved by utilizing BP’s top-notch lubricants. Inspection is done with the aid of industrial-grade thermal imaging cameras to capture temperatures of exposed machine parts.
Key benefits
 
  • Estimate actual operating temperatures of critical parts.
  • Identify uneven distribution of temperatures indicating mechanical errors.
  • Help anticipate potential failures and identify root cause of repetitive breakdown incidents.
  • Help assess advantages of using BP’s synthetic and energy efficient lubricants.