Most construction fleet managers recognize that proper lubricant is essential to improving equipment reliability and productivity. But, not everyone has a clear sense of how regular lubrication analysis can keep costs down and keep their fleets running.
And that's exactly what G. Lopes Construction, one of the largest full-service site contractors serving the Southeast Massachusetts area, recently learned firsthand. Located in Taunton, Mass., the company employs more than 230 employees and offers a variety of services, from tree clearing to heavy excavation to landscaping. They maintain a wide variety of machinery and specialty equipment unique to Southern New England, including excavators, graders, and articulated trucks.
The company wanted to know how to improve its operations and maintenance solutions to monitor and diagnose equipment health before significant breakdowns. So they turned to their trusted lubrication partners—the Mobil Serv engineering team.
The Mobil Serv field engineers explained to the G. Lopes Construction team that lubrication analysis isn't just about lubrication. In fact, lubrication analysis can help identify many common performance problems seen in construction equipment, including fuel dilution, dirt contamination, and coolant leakage. Lubrication analysis can actually help fleet owners to predict and possibly avoid unexpected equipment failures.
So the Mobil team worked with G. Lopes Construction to include Mobil Serv℠ Lubricant Analysis (MSLA) into their regular maintenance routine across their fleet for a full year to gain valuable insights into the performance of their equipment.
Throughout the year, the lubrication analysis helped the company identified multiple issues, including heightened viscosity and fuel dilution, in their equipment. If left unchecked, those problems could have potentially caused catastrophic equipment failure over time.
By identifying those issues early on, G. Lopes Construction proactively prevented equipment downtime and avoided costly equipment repairs and downtime. The company estimates that Mobil field engineers' regular lubrication analysis helped save more than $185k annually.
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