Fuel and oil is the lifeblood of the transport industry. Managing these fluids effectively provides a competitive advantage and reduces expensive unscheduled repairs.
Modern engine technology is allowing longer oil drain intervals - especially for ideal long haul applications. New Zealand conditions may not be the same as the statistical 'average' application. It is useful to understand how fluids are performing in each specific application. It may be possible to extended oil drain intervals in some cases, but in some cases that could be greatly shortening the life of equipment.
Engine makers have powerful incentives to sell engines that have lower energy requirements and lower exhaust emissions. This has placed unusual demands on the engine oils, which is why there have been significant developments in engine oil specifications.
Long oil drain intervals can be promoted as a marketing advantage to purchasers of equipment, but in some cases the designed efficiency might be compromising the life of the component. Understanding how the fluids are performing can assist with balancing short term profit vs long term profit.
There is a huge range of oil brands and types being sold in New Zealand which means there is an increased risk of product misapplication. We recommend working with a reputable supplier and using routine oil analysis to ensure the appropriate products are being used, free of contamination, and that wear rates are normal.
Large fleets that are being serviced by various third parties in a range of locations can be managed from a central location using the Oil Commander database.