In the November 2013 issue of HD Focus we discussed the topic of safely extending oil drain intervals. In that article, we also discussed the importance of taking a survey or assessment of current maintenance practices, in order to set a baseline or benchmark.
This can be used to gauge the fitness of your operation to engage in an extended oil drain program. It can also provide a baseline for comparing results when extending your oil drain intervals in order to document improvements in performance.
But the importance of setting a baseline is not limited to an oil drain extension program. Setting a baseline is the first step you should take in any attempt at improving an existing maintenance program. Without a baseline you will not be able to objectively gauge any improvement or cost savings that result from changes made to your program. And without that proof your company will be vulnerable to pressures to reverse the changes made and lose the cost savings that they provide.
Items to be considered in a baseline assessment include:
The benchmarking process can provide you with a laundry list of items that need to be addressed. The next step would be to prioritize those items in the order of importance and urgency. And, as noted above, this also provides a great baseline for comparing results of any changes that are initiated by your company.
Undertaking such a benchmarking process may not be within the skill level of anyone in your organization or perhaps you just don’t have the resources to devote towards benchmarking. In that case, there are specialists that can provide expert assistance with this activity.
Castrol’s Field Engineering team is highly capable and experienced with this process and can provide this service for you. If you are interested, please reach out to your Castrol Sales Representative or Field Engineer for more information on how to get started.