6 Ways to Decrease the Oil Cost on a Mine Site
Total’s mining specialists are always looking for ways to help our customers reduce their controllable costs. They have put together 6 practical tips for mining companies to make savings on mine sites. It is simple and it’s worked for many of our mining clients, we hope it helps you as well!
1. Rationalize your oil
Quite often we find two or three oils covering similar applications, with slightly different specifications or pack sizes.
One way in which Total can help is to go through your oil range at site and select the most appropriate product to cover as many applications as possible. For example Total has developed the TP Star Max lubricant which is suitable for engine, hydraulic and transmission systems thus reducing the need to store 3 different oils on site whilst still meeting the required OEM specifications.
2.Standardize your oil packaging
3. Avoid Contamination
Contamination control is often overlooked when considering why premature failure occurred or why oil life has been diminished. The two primary contaminants in oil are dirt (environmental dust) and moisture. When oil is contaminated, it accelerates wear which can result in early breakdown, thus leading to significant increase of the operating cost.
Total suggests using contamination control techniques such as desiccant breathers on bulk and intermediate containers as well as filtration on bulk fluid dispensing. The use of filtration on fluid dispensing on IBC and Drums can also be applied.
The benefits of sound contamination control in lubricants will extend the life of lubricated equipment and reduce overall maintenance costs.
4. Get your used oil analyzed
For example TOTAL ANAC Laboratories perform over 200,000 diagnostics each year for mining companies and other automotive and industrial customers. All that is required is to collect the oil sample at regular intervals (without having to stop the machine!) and send it to Total’s oil analysis laboratory using the ANAC analysis kit. ANAC automatically sends a full comprehensive report via email with the analysis of the sample. This report can also be viewed over the internet.
Contact Total to find if there is an ANAC lab in your region.
5. Get a FIFO approach with the storage of your oils
Total suggests a First-In-First-Out (FIFO) approach to storage of oils on mining sites. Improving overall warehouse management of stored products as well as a FIFO approach to product storage will help reduce these obsolescence costs.
Total’s site facility audit can help identify areas of improvement.
6. Get the lube supplier to audit the mineTotal employs oil specialists to assist Total’s clients in identifying areas of improvement that contribute to cost saving initiatives.
For example, replacing just one lubricant with another can contribute to the reduction of many different types of costs. These may include:
Contact Total Mining Solutions team today to find out more.