An interactive meet was organized by Valvoline Cummins Limited with companies from the mining and construction industry in North India, in New Delhi recently. The company disseminated information on various international technological advancements taking place in engines and how Valvoline is poised to suit the newer engine requirements with its multiproduct lubricants offering backed by adequate service support, tailor made to the requirements of customers in mining and construction sectors.
This meet was attended by Valvoline senior officials comprising Dr. Frances Lockwood, Senior Vice President, Research and Development; Mr. Keith Lachance-Global OEM Director; Mr. Sandeep Kalia, CEO; Mr. S.K Mukherjee, Chief Technical Officer; Mr. Vikas Kapur (C&I) head and Mr. Alok Agrawal, Regional Manager North, Valvoline.
Speaking to attendees, Dr. Frances affirms, "key to our customers support is our wide range of oil testing programmes, customized to the customer's on- and off-site requirements enabling them to have higher equipment uptime. We have even elaborated field testing provisions for our oils, suited to larger size equipment that cannot be brought in-house. Further, we have elaborated fluid analysis programme which collects data on the working of the engines with the oils. On top of it, we have our progressive oil sample testing for used oil analysis, thus helping planned maintenance for the customers to have decreased downtime for the equipment. We have successfully taken field tests of our lubricants across varied engines brands comprising Mahindra, Caterpillar, Cummins, Honda, MTU and others. The field tests have been performed in India, China, Indonesia, Australia and the UK. As a part of customers support, we also undertake extensive product performance tests where the engines are run for extended-hours with our lubricants. Such tests have been conducted for heavy duty dump trucks. A major product performance test is being undertaken for Cummins power pack QSK 60 G in Indonesia to derive the performance ability of the lubricant."
Addressing the customers on the technicalities and composition of lubricants, Dr. Frances states, "Our lubricants are made of predominately group-2 base oils. The formulation of the oils are based on the newer design trends of the electronic engines which characterize advanced mechanical systems, compactness in size, higher power density, tighter tolerance, lighter weight, and advanced emission norms. The composition of the lubricants addresses issues of surface separation, wear control and friction control apart from taking care of heat dissipation and debris removal in the engines during its working cycle. Valvoline's technical support team with data and coordinated information supports our 37 research and development centers across the world and our main lab in Lexington US, is well-positioned to address the lubricants usage issues of customers in India as like in any other parts of the world."
Mentioning about advanced quality of lubricants, Mr. Mukherjee adds, "Our EHVI series of hydraulic oil, for excavators and other heavy earthmoving equipment are designed to withstand sudden changes in temperature and varying loads and pressure. The oils have high viscosity index blended with high VI base oils and shear stable VI improvers. They have superior thermal stability and anti-oxidation properties to avoid sludge formulation and to avoid filter blockages. Additionally, the EHVI series of oils have advanced air and water separation characteris- tics which enable its usage for longer periods reducing downtime and maintenance costs."
Valvoline has been supplying lubricants to OEMs in India comprising, Mahindra, Tata, AMW Trucks, Elgi, John Deere. According to the company, group-2 base oils for blending provides better cold flow and pumpability properties to the lubricants. The base oils are procured under long-term contract with refiners involving Exxon Mobil. Additives are procured from Lubrizol. Most of Valvoline's products are registered with API.
Responding to a query from NBM&CW whether the feature of the engines has been a major determining factor in deriving the optimum utility of the Vavloline lubricants given their advanced formulation as claimed, since many customers opt for engines working on combined fuel cycle? Dr Frances admitted, "the issue needs to be closely addressed by the equipment manufacturers." In many cases OEM's have been supplying oversized engines that may not be suitable for desired applications as heavier equipment take their toll on fuel economy.
A Wide Interactive Meet
60 odd senior representatives of Valvoline's customers, from Cummins, Diamler, Hindustan Zinc, Patel Engineering, Punj Lloyd, Voltas, R.K. Marble, Durga Construction, Oriental Structural Engineering, Era Infra, C&C among others participated in the interactive infrastructure forum meet. The customers appreciated the extended drain out intervals they have now with Valvoline lubricants, allowing them to minimize equipment downtime. However, they also pointed out that maintaining larger inventory has been an issue at job sites especially on the ones where deployments of large number of equipment are involved.