Ceramika KoÅ„skie, a Polish ceramic tile manufacturer, has experienced a 17 per cent improvement in tile press productivity following a switch from a conventional mineral oil to Mobil SHC 525, a high-performance synthetic hydraulic oil. The Mobil SHC 500 Series of high-performance lubricants is designed for use in hydraulic systems prone to deposit build-up.
The company made the switch to help improve issues with sludge and deposit formation as well as foaming in the hydraulic system of its Sacmi Imola PH-3200 Android press. The machine is used in the company's tile production and works under high pressure and an operating temperature of over 100degC. When using the previous mineral oil, the average press performance was 10.8 cycles per minute when the optimum should have been 12.7 cycles per minute.
The deposit formation from which Ceramika KoÅ„skie's tile press suffered also led to an increase in unplanned downtime due to filter plugging, which can happen when an oil breaks down. In order to help increase productivity and avoid future issues, ExxonMobil field engineers jointly with the local distributor Ekonaft recommended switching to Mobil SHC 525, as it offers outstanding high-temperature performance and excellent oxidation resistance, which helps to extend oil and filter change intervals and can lead to cleaner, trouble-free operation.
After converting to Mobil SHC 525, Ceramika KoÅ„skie experienced an improvement of 17 per cent in tile press productivity and a 6-hour cut in unplanned downtime as a result of the extended filter change intervals. The decrease in unplanned maintenance helped to reduce employee interaction with equipment, minimising associated injury risks, while the reduction in filter consumption helped to reduce disposal waste. The customer advised that overall, the improved productivity, the reduction of maintenance and unplanned downtime, and the extended filter change intervals resulted in an annual saving of approximately $5,600,000.
Dariusz Turno, production manager at Ceramika KoÅ„skie says: "ExxonMobil recommended that we switch the lubricant we use to a Mobil-branded one - and it has brought about huge benefits. The reduction in unplanned downtime and overall increase in productivity has brought us enormous annual savings that we wouldn't have been able to achieve without the switch to Mobil SHC 525."
MirosÅ‚aw Szabat, sales engineer at Ekonaft says: "We are thrilled that our customer, Ceramika KoÅ„skie, has seen such impressive results in terms of annual savings and an increase in productivity."
Jacek Januszewski, territory advisor Poland, and Rainer Lange, Mobil SHC brand advisor, Europe, Africa, and Middle East, ExxonMobil, are convinced that by switching to high-performance products, such as the Mobil SHC 500 series of oils, operators worldwide can benefit from reduced unscheduled downtime due to increased product potential. Lange says: "Operators also have the potential to make cost savings, all thanks to using the right oil for their hydraulic equipment."
For more information about Mobil SHC 525 or other Mobil-branded lubricants and services, visit mobilindustrial.com.