Severe service rock drill lubricant
To those in the maintenance department, anything that you can do to improve lubrication of the equipment they are entrusted to care for, is a no-brainer. It stands to reason that lubrication excellence is a good investment. Put simply, machines run better and last longer when they are properly lubricated. However, for those in other parts of the organization who don’t understand lubrication, spending money on lubrication upgrades and improvements is simply another overhead cost. From this viewpoint, lubrication, like every other cost, should be minimized to help the organization survive in today’s marketplace.
So what does it take to convince management that spending money on lubrication is a good idea? After all, we in maintenance understand that such improvements make a difference. Surely management should be able to see the value that improved lubrication can have on equipment and productivity.
The issue is not that management doesn’t care, but rather that most managers simply don’t have the depth of knowledge about how lubrication can affect equipment reliability to make an informed decision.
Expecting your management team (outside the maintenance group) to become conversant with the details of lubrication excellence is an unrealistic proposition. Instead, it is necessary for those in the maintenance team to become internal salespeople, convincing management that an investment in lubrication is worthwhile.
The key to selling management is to speak their language.To convey our message we must translate the language of lubrication, which is foreign to most managers, into the universal management language of dollars and cents. The key to an effective translation is to develop a solid model which outlines the issues at hand (excessive maintenance costs, lost production costs, parts inventories, etc.), outlines a proposed solution (including estimated costs), and finally, and most importantly, estimates a return on this investment. Just like every other investment opportunity, management wants to know whether a dollar invested in this project will yield an appropriate return. Otherwise, that dollar is likely to be invested elsewhere, and rightly so.
Here's a starting point for this discussion:
Most mining equipment is made to maximize production, which means that it can develop heavy torque loads at the drill head. Parts in for repair are often tinged with blue, indicating that they have reached temperatures over 550F. All conventional rock drill lubricants fail at a maximum of 425F, which means that after the lube's failure point is reached, lubrication is severely compromised or non existent. However, you won't realize that until the equipment fails.
Most miners have a daily quota to meet for production of muck, and if they have to push the equipment to it's limit to meet that quota, they will.
The rock drill lubricant you're using can't meet the demands for load and heat, and if the equipment breaks down, the miner will be screaming for replacement gear.
Now, you could tell your miners to be more careful and go easier on the gear, and they might even agree with you, until they're at the face. Then it's back to meeting the daily quota.
Or you could switch to Pneuma-Tool's patented products that are made to withstand heat to over 575 F. so that your miners can meet their quotas and your equipment is effectively lubricated, even in the presence of intense heat.
Conventional rock drill oils can't tolerate the temperatures developed in modern mining equipment, resulting in break downs, premature equipment failures, costly repairs and lost production.
If you don't believe what we are saying about the heat buildup in your equipment, ask your mechanics if they regularly are replacing parts that are burnt, blued, heat fractured, or covered in tar like carbonized deposits, which are all signs of overheated lubricant failure.
Communication could save your mining operation a lot of money.
Here's the oil you are currently using at 425F. When your equipment operates hotter than 425F, it loses most or all of its lubrication.