value of fluid analysis

Value of Fluid Analysis

You don’t need an advanced degree in chemistry to take advantage of your oil, coolant or fuel sampling results. Cat® S·O·SSM Services provides knowledgeable interpretations and recommendations you can actually understand—and act on. Here are the top three reasons to put the expert detective work of the S·O·SSM Services team to work for your operation.

1. Avoid costly failures.
Allowing an issue to go to failure can double or triple your repair costs—or more. Using expert fluid analysis recommendations, you can adjust or replace a single part, preventing a small problem from becoming a major repair. Save yourself time, money and undo stress by leveraging a program that's designed to help you be successful.

2. Boost productivity and profitability.
Expert fluid analysis helps you manage overall equipment health, reducing owning and operating costs. Get the most use out of replacement components by knowing exactly when they need to be changed—and build a service history that can improve resale value when it's time to upgrade.

3. Shorten repair time.
When you track what's going on behind the scenes—like component wear and oil performance—you can predict problems and schedule accordingly. Since you and your Cat dealer are working as a team to manage your equipment, you'll know parts and shop time are readily available.

"If we have dirt entry and metal wear in the oil, we can do a repair or reseal for $7,000. A failure can cost $25,000. That's a continuous savings for us." John Meese, Waste Management, Senior Director of Heavy Equipment & AEMP 2016-17 Chairman

"We sample every component, on- and off-highway. We've been real pleased with the overall results. Caterpillar knows their equipment better than an outside lab does." Tom Crawford, Martin Marietta, Director of Mobile Fleets


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