25 July 2016

Mobil SHC™ 525 helps ceramic tile manufacturer save $5.6 Million annually

Polish ceramic tile manufacturer Ceramika Konskie has achieved a 17 per cent improvement in tile press productivity following a switch from a conventional mineral oil to Mobil SHC™ 525 which is 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 switch was made 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 tile production machine works under high pressure in an operating temperature of over 100°C. With 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.

Deposit formations in Ceramika Konskie’s tile press led to an increase in unplanned downtime due to filter plugging which happens when an oil breaks down. To increase productivity and avoid future issues, ExxonMobil field engineers jointly with the local Mobil distributor Ekonaft recommended switching to Mobil SHC 525 high performance synthetic hydraulic oil.  Mobil SHC 525 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 Konskie experienced an improvement of 17 per cent in tile press productivity and a six-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 and the reduction in filter consumption helped to reduce disposal waste. The customer advised that the improved productivity together with 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 Konskie said that the switch of lubricant used to a Mobil-branded one has brought about huge benefits.  He stated that the reduction in unplanned downtime and overall increase in productivity has brought the company enormous annual savings that they wouldn’t have been able to achieve without the switch to Mobil SHC 525.

Miroslaw Szabat, sales engineer at Ekonaft said his company is thrilled that their customer Ceramika Konskie, has seen such impressive results in terms of annual savings and an increase in productivity.

Rainer Lange, Mobil SHC brand advisor and Jacek Januszewski, territory advisor in Poland are convinced that operators worldwide can benefit from reduced unscheduled downtime due to increased product potential by switching to high-performance products, such as the Mobil SHC 500 series of oils. 

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Source:  Exxonmobil