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CASE STUDY: CASTROL® PYROPLEX® BLUE #2 DOUBLES BEARING LIFE & CUTS GREASE CONSUMPTION IN HALF

PRODUCT NEWS / Post date: 1 February 2018

Customer Situation

  • Opportunity involved a fleet of eleven concrete-pumping trucks with Z booms used for low-clearance job sites and hard-to-reach areas
  • The auger bearings in the hopper have to keep the blades turning during a concrete pour
  • The auger bearings have brass bushings that wear out with normal use
  • Each truck is equipped with an auto greaser, which allows the grease to lubricate the bearings while keeping them free of concrete and water
  • Auger bearings were being replaced every 6-12 months and grease usage was three to four 400-pound drums per year


Castrol Solution

  • Castrol converted the customer to Pyroplex Blue #2 grease because of its hydro-activated technology and pumpability properties… along with better adhesion in the subject application
  • Auger bearings are now lasting 2 to 2.5 years
  • Grease usage has been cut to one or two 400-pound drums per year


Success Story

  • Customer is using 50% less grease and is experiencing twice the bearing life in the augers
  • With savings on downtime, parts, labor, and grease, this customer is experiencing an annual savings of $44,000 for its entire fleet


Go-Forward Maintenance Recommendations

  • Purge all bearings, grease fittings, and auto lube systems with Castrol Pyroplex Blue #2
  • Reapply often until all grease is purged out
  • Begin to lengthen periods between greasing


Delivering Value That Matters

Due to the performance of our Pyroplex Blue #2 grease, this customer has also switched to our VECTON® 15W-40 CK-4 diesel engine oil and Dual Range™ HV 46 multi-viscosity hydraulic fluid.