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Uncover Your Engine’s Hidden Potential with Oil Condition Monitoring

44% of power operators think that, until a breakdown occurs, equipment maintenance is sometimes deprioritised.1 With assets that cost thousands to repair and downtime that can be even more expensive, taking this kind of reactive approach to your component care is not a sustainable way to run your power operations.

Fortunately, oil condition monitoring (OCM) advancements are helping maintenance staff to transition towards a more predictive maintenance schedule. Being able to proactively forecast equipment health and needs moves plants into a smarter way of working that is more likely to see your business reach its full potential.

Minimise Unplanned Downtime

The predictive capabilities that OCM enables provide you with a glimpse into the future of your equipment’s performance. Consistent oil analysis helps to spot trends and flag potential failures, giving you the foresight to take action before it’s too late. The result? A reduction in unexpected equipment downtime.

Enhance Reliability

The right oil tests provide a deep dive into the health of your lubricating system. Whether it’s contamination, oxidation or nitration that needs addressing, these insights can help you take the necessary actions to extend your oil-drain interval (ODI). An extended ODI means more consistent performance and less need for timely and expensive maintenance.

Increase Availability

The supply and demand economics of the power industry mean that your machines must be ready to produce at a moment’s notice. If engines fail when they are needed most, there are not only financial repercussions, but also reputational risks. Predictive maintenance puts control back in your hands, ensuring equipment is online for production peaks, while allowing you to plan unavoidable downtime for when tariffs are lower.

1 This survey, commissioned by Shell Lubricants and conducted by research firm Edelman Intelligence, is based on 350 interviews with Power sector staff who purchase, influence the purchase or use lubricants / greases as part of their job across 7 countries (USA, China, India, Germany, Russia, Indonesia and the UK) from March to May 2018. For more information, please visit


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