FLUID ANALYSIS

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Most people believe that preventive maintenance is the best solution for their vehicle fleet. At Kollmar we offer Predictive Maintenance (Fluid Analysis), a more cost effective way to keep your fleet on the road.

Oil & Fluid analysis is a quick non-destructive way to gauge the health of an engine by looking into the oil and other fluids. It also tells a story, when we trend the analysis we can see if there are any problems developing, if the oil is working well in the engine, and determine the most cost effective timeline for maintenance.

 

See the Kollmar difference “The Wrench vs. Analysis”

THE WRENCH falls under unplanned, reactive and preventative maintenance practices. These practices are not only costly, they don't get to the root cause of the failure. Standard preventative maintenance practices are based on past technologies. Relying on "The Wrench" takes more expenses from your companies bottom line.

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ANALYSIS is a predictive procedure that analyzes the lubricative fluids. "Fluid Analysis" provides the information needed to identify the wear-metals and physical properties within the fluids before a problem manifests into a multiple failures. Fluid analysis evaluation can maximize asset reliability and increase company profits. No other fleet service can match Kollmar's "Predictive Maintenance Program".

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Today there are many good shops, our allies. We know they work as hard as we do to get the job done right. Most mechanically minded people can turn a bolt or change parts. We like to believe our counter parts have good ability and technique, spinning a wrench with precision and knowing the exact part to replace. The technology used in our industry today is very fast moving; computers, diesel fuel, bio- fuels (that's a topic all on its own), delivery, EPA requirements, and exhaust re-generation is a daunting task for technicians and can be hard understand the root cause or system failure.

The problem today in vehicle repair or maintenance is not just technology it-self. The products in today's market are constantly changing. We need to understand more than ever that we are not just mechanics anymore. There is an increasing demand that we become a new breed of technologists. It's just like any other technological field, the moment you understand a system the industry changes. However we've adapted to this climate and found a way to combat many of the problems that seem brain numbing and leave us scrambling for answers.

The challenge is to think outside the box and discard our old "the world is flat" thinking. Let's look for solutions with a new perspective. Just as the military and aerospace industry incorporates systems that promote critical performance we in the automotive and trucking industry can too.

There are a very limited amount of specialists called Nanotechnologists and Tribologists. Nano-Tribology is a branch of tribology, which studies friction phenomenon at the scale of a nanometer. The distinction between Nano-Tribology and Tribology is primarily is the involvement of atomic forces in the determination of the final behavior of the system (lubrication and wear). The behavior of wear and contamination of gears, bearings, and liquid lubricants can reduce friction in the well they do in a macroscopic world, but the origins of friction for small devices such as micro- or nano-electromechanical systems (NEMS) require other solutions.

Despite the unprecedented accuracy by which these devices are nowadays designed and fabricated, they're enormous surface-volume ratio, which leads to severe friction and wear issues, which dramatically reduce their applicability and lifetime. Traditional liquid lubricants become too viscous when confined in layers of molecular thickness. This situation has led to a number of proposals for ways to reduce friction on the Nano scale, such as super lubricity and thermo lubricity.

It takes thinking outside the box, not rumors or passed down theory. Even old school thinking, it's just that… history….. over, done, kaput. So throwaway your notion of changing your oil at 3000 miles, or 15,000 in large sumps.

Did we say technology? YES, so why do you still think fluids today have a life of time or miles? Or better yet or more confusing why would you look at parts per million in your fluids? Let me just twist your mind a little more… Water cracking oil? That is changing the molecule structure and behavior of the oil. Or infusing metal particles as small as a molecule to rebuild the surface of the damaged or contamination surface causing damages on a gear or bearing or turbo shaft? Better yet, where did it come from, and why? I am sure I lost some of you at this point, well that is just part of what we do here at Kollmar and we understand the meaning of what happens to your equipment and why. That is called getting to the root cause.

You see anyone can spin a wrench, but today there is a need to know more. We educate our customers on the challenges and problems we are faced with, and come up with the solutions and facts based on real numbers. NOT guesses or rumors and old school thoughts like, "fluid is black it needs to be changed" Not true! So how do you know when your fluids or oil is at it’s full life?

It's now time that consumers have understanding; the playing field has changed once again. The sad part is, you may think of a snake oil salesman or be intimidated by the advanced technology. Here again let me soften the blow, this is old technology. In WW-II they started this technology & information. Most fleet managers or companies have no reason to research this until it costs them enough money in repairs and maintenance. Most cases they look at new assets or other solutions like a fleet billing and management company to handle cost and repairs. Nice idea and it works in the short-term asset life cycle. This is an expensive solution to companies and or branches never getting it right. What if you could take that asset life cycle and extend it 2-3 times? Possibly 4 times even 5 times in some cases. There are case studies that show companies that embrace fluid analysis save to 6 to 1 and in tight controlled programs with heavy earth moving equipment 20 to 1.

That is until now, in most cases people don't have the time or want to care (the world is flat) and they react to a problem with old unchanged views or beliefs. You can't change what you don't know.

We want to open your eyes, and show you significant cost savings over the life cycles of your fleet assets. We are in the business of solutions NOT part changering.

Yes, like anything else, knowledge, time, and commitment to obtain benefit is the cost in any money saving program. Kollmar Fleet Solutions will help you get there and give you the education needed to execute a program. The investment will bring your company bottom line cost savings results guaranteed. We will help you every step and walk you through this process and in a short time you will be on the innovation of true cost control with real savings.

 

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