An Effective Way to Gauge Potential Equipment Life

by on September 28, 2016 0 Comments

cleanengine_blog_092216_r1_jaAre you maximizing the life of your equipment components? Wouldn’t it be great if you had some way to gauge potential component life, along with some guidance on how to reach it?

That’s the thinking behind the ISOCLEAN® Calculator, a new tool developed by Chevron Products Company, a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc. in collaboration with Noria, the leading lubrication consulting firm. It’s designed to help estimate potential equipment life based on lubricant cleanliness levels, and show how life can be maximized by using a cleaner oil.

Contaminant particles are the number one cause of lubricant-related equipment failure, according to Noria’s research. Unfortunately, operators may not know just how contaminated their lubricants are. The ISOCLEAN Calculator is designed to help overcome this key obstacle in maximizing equipment life.

How it Works

First, the user completes three simple steps, identifying the industry, equipment type and components, and operating conditions relevant to the lubricant used. Based on the data provided, the ISOCLEAN Calculator delivers a customized results report, comparing the target ISO Cleanliness Code to the current one, with visuals of the magnified patch samples for each, and the estimated current lifespan of the equipment compared to what could be achieved using a certified clean oil. The calculator leverages data from Noria’s Life Extension Tables to help calculate the estimated levels of particle contamination that are typical for each user’s specific situation.

An important first step in controlling contamination is starting with certified clean lubricants, such as Chevron’s ISOCLEAN Certified lubricants, that meet a specific ISO Cleanliness code at the point of delivery. The ISOCLEAN Calculator is a tool for evaluating the estimated cleanliness of oil that is currently being used, compared to what is generally required by component manufactures. It arms customers with actionable information that they can use to make decisions to maximize equipment life, avoid unscheduled downtime, and ultimately boost the bottom line.

To find out more about the ISOCLEAN Calculator or to give it a try, simply click here.

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Jason is currently the Americas ISOCLEAN business development manager for Chevron Lubricants, where he has held various marketing and sales positions since 2001. He has more than 20 years of experience in the lubricants and fuel industry, holding various positions in operations management, marketing, and sales. His primary passion and focus has been in the construction and mining industry, which includes experiences in equipment management for a heavy highway construction company. He holds a B.S. degree in Business Marketing from the University of Wyoming and has been recognized by the Society of Tribologists and Lubricant Engineers as a Certified Lubricant Specialist and Oil Monitoring Analyst.

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