Your specialised fuel and lubrication handling consultant – The man with the plan!

 2018-10-30 11:51 AM by

Comprising of a team of members that are driven towards technological development, our specialised fuel and lubrication technicians will always be at the ready to deliver on-site solutions to the heavy industrial and mining sectors. 

So what exactly do these blue collar heroes do? Man on Site (MOS) is not a new term, it basically comprises a program that places a technical consultant on your site. Functionality and scope of work varies, but the concept included some maintenance and reporting tasks with a strong focus on pro-active strategies to reduce downtime. The innovative strategy is designed to reduce long term costs and improve operational efficiency in Fuel and Lubrication handling and application environments with peripheral engagement in Air and Coolant Systems, both onboard and on bulk storage facilities.

Maintenance on lubrication systems is highly important in upholding the quality of your machine as well as the lubricants itself. The aim in mind here is to deliver the correct grade of lubricant, to the right place, in the right quantity and at the right time while still preserving the life of the machine and its components.

Single point lubricators or centralised greasing systems is a great way to keep everything lubricated, but they all require maintenance and regular checks should be scheduled so that nobody forgets about these handy little helpers. Scheduling and disciplined maintenance procedures are essential when dealing with automated systems to prevent long periods of undetected downtime.

Manual greasing is not dead. There are applications that you just need to have a guy with a grease gun on the ground, can you afford you highly skilled mechanic doing this job?

Gaining improved efficiency in fuel systems through MOS begins with an inspection of the system including the fuel Refill Centre, receivers, breathers, pipes and routing. Functionality checks with a focus on leaks and efficient shut down follows with a recommendation if replacement maintenance is required. This has to happen during the refill process and can be a very time-consuming task, but the resultant fuel savings are normally sufficient justification, not to mention the reduced risk of fuel contamination caused by faulty installation or damaged equipment.

Everybody knows that the key to reliable pneumatic systems lies in the Air Treatment within these systems. Air entering pneumatic systems can often be hot, dirty and wet and this can see an eventual downgrade to your air operated equipment or even the entire system. Through the use of some of the best FRL (Filter, Regulator, Lubricator) units available on the market, compressed air within the system will be strained to trap any unwanted particles to ensure your pneumatic system is contaminant free while at the same time regulating your lubrication dosage.

Daily maintenance checks on these systems are a must and this can take a large chunk out of your available manpower, let the MOS take care of it and fill in a daily check sheet with up to date reporting coming straight to your desktop.

Unfortunately, coolant (most often ethylene glycol, diethylene glycol, or propylene glycol) is not environmentally friendly and therefore close inspection and maintenance of your coolant facility is required on a regular basis, luckily coolant management is included as part of the IFS MOS program and will ensure the best coolant selection, maintenance and management is initiated.

While not a waste oil recovery company, IFS offer waste oil facility management as part of the MOS program to ensure suitable measures are maintained to reduce environmental impact. Innovative and industry tested carts and trolleys form part of this solution, as well as regular pump and strainer cleanouts to ensure optimal system efficiency. Naturally, tank level and removal requisitions form part of this essential service.

Off line filtration, also known as Kidney Filtration is commonly employed to refresh large volumes of lubricants or fuel where regular filtration fails or is not available. This technique is successfully deployed on tank farms and in large oil or fuel systems or to clean out reservoirs either continuously or on an ad hoc basis but can be tailor made to be installed on mobile equipment as continuously running secondary filtration system to remove microscopic particles, contamination and moisture at low pressure.

Utilising mobile filtration rigs, large volumes of fluid is continuously filtered under controlled conditions and relatively low pressure to ensure cleaner healthier product but also as part of the reservoir maintenance program to ensure cleaner healthier environment for the fluid to live in.

To conclude, the IFS Man on Sight offers a complete inspection, functionality check, basic maintenance and reporting option for the forward-thinking customer who identifies the advantages of pro-active fluid system management.

This programme brings together cost-effective reliability through consistent maintenance and regular performance evaluations. This is why some of the most prominent Mining Groups and Original Equipment Manufacturers in the country subscribe to the IFS MOS program.

 

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