SOURCE: Volvo CE | September 18, 2023
Volvo Construction Equipment have expanded their Fluid Analysis programme, along with a 250% increase in global testing capacity. The new service expands on the company’s existing Oil Analysis programme and encompasses lubricants, diesel fuels, AdBlue, and coolants.
A new digitized process – including cloud-hosted customer portal and Fluid Analysis mobile app – utilizes Artificial Intelligence (AI) data analysis to provide customers with easy-to-understand reports and insights with the highest levels of accuracy, which can help them make better informed decisions.
Customers are now better able to take preventive actions against contamination and wear, leading to improved uptime and contributing to a lower total cost of ownership (TCO).
AI accelerates the testing process making analysis quicker and easier. This allows lab technicians to focus on more sensitive testing issues – such as analysing abnormal or critical samples, those of greatest concern to clients – and thereby offer more useful insights and recommendations.
Alongside expansion of the programme, Volvo CE are also partnering with an industry leading testing provider, to ensure consistency and efficiency on a global level. Besides leading to a significant increase in testing capacity, this partnership will reduce lead time and simplify the sampling and analysis process.
With 75% of repair costs and equipment downtime traceable to the use of contaminated lubricants and fuels, and 65–75% of all bearing failures due to lubrication issues, Volvo CE say the importance of effective fluid analysis cannot be overstated.
Through early identification of possible contamination or wear, customers can take proactive action before any unplanned downtime occurs, helping them to maintain productivity and avoid any potential repair costs.
With their latest offer, however, Volvo claim to have taken the potential of fluid analysis to the next level, providing customers with efficient and easy-to-understand reporting. The digitized process is quick, straightforward, and provides reports to the highest levels of accuracy.
Once a sample is taken from the machine it is sent to Volvo’s newly expanded global laboratory network. Here it is analysed with a diagnosis performed as required based on any trace elements found.
Once testing is complete, reports – along with recommended actions – are made immediately available via the easy-to-use Volvo Fluid Analysis customer portal. This cloud-based platform features a user-friendly interface which presents reports in a highly visual and easy-to-analyse format.
The programme is also the first fluid analysis solution on the market to utilize AI data analysis, providing an intuitive solution that delivers consistent and easy-to-understand recommendations.
The process is made easier still with the Fluid Analysis mobile app, which allows users to register their samples from anywhere in the world, quickly, and easily access sample reports and receive notifications should anything require urgent attention.
According to Volvo CE, routine fluid analysis is proven to reduce downtime by 15%. Through a more efficient testing process, increased testing capacity, and intuitive reporting, Fluid Analysis from Volvo has made it significantly easier for customers to gain the insight needed to take corrective actions which can help avoid expensive repairs and unexpected downtime.
Customers will get an indication at the earliest opportunity alerting them to possible contamination and wear issues, along with the data needed to make more informed decisions when selecting lubricants, coolants, and diesel fuels in the future.
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