Gathering the right information and resources are one of the key steps to successful extended oil drain interval projects. These steps can be broken down as follows:-
- Have as thorough as possible the fleet profile, including the engine model, year of make, oil sump size, type of oil use, typical service interval, ODI etc.
- Select the most representative candidate for trials, the more the better.
- With the target oil drain interval, project the potential cost savings of ODI.
- With historical data identify risks associated with ODI.
- Develop suitable monitoring program to monitor and mitigate such risk.
- Commit to a monitoring program that will be supported on the target achieved.
- For equipments/models deemed unique, a separate monitoring program is recommended.
Once a new ODI is set, it is still important to have a selective monitoring, especially just before the new ODI to see if the limiting parameters are still below limits, as environment during trials and normal operations do vary.
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