Lubrication Engineers, Inc. and Advanced Technology Services, Inc. have announced a strategic partnership in which the two companies will collaborate to develop and implement best practice lubrication reliability programs for industrial customers. After successfully working together on past projects, LE and ATS recognized their great potential for synergy. Both companies focus on helping factories run better with long-term programs that increase uptime and decrease costs.
With this new partnership, ATS has the opportunity to add LE’s expertise and capabilities to its already substantial portfolio of in-plant maintenance solutions.
“LE has a long-standing history with the industrial sector,” said Jeffrey Owens, president of ATS. “We needed a company that understood the dynamics involved and could provide a premium lubrication program. LE has the ability to provide customized programs across multiple locations with consistency. We are eager to work with LE to help our customers on their lubrication reliability journey.”
Lubrication: The Hidden Cost Center
When researching the reasons for frequent equipment failures and downtime, factories often attribute a significant portion to inadequate lubrication practices. However, without that research, the subject of lubrication is hidden within the factory setting. Even when identified, the knowledge base or manpower may not exist to initiate lubrication reliability improvements.
In most cases, the cost of lubrication is less than 2 to 3 percent of the overall operating budget of a factory. However, lubrication can have a much larger impact on the cost of the operation, including downtime, replacement parts, manpower, lubricant costs, expensive equipment failures. LE helps identify this hidden cost center, bringing to light the need for lubrication improvements. LE routinely documents savings by year two or three of as much as 10-25 percent for the operations it helps.
“To see improvements, you have to invest in people and materials,” said Scott Schwindaman, president and CEO of Lubrication Engineers. “With the right organizational stamina, most companies can see the upfront investment pay off within a relatively short time and in a very quantifiable manner. This is what LE has helped companies do since 1951 – save money through their lubrication efforts. We are very excited to be working with a respected company like ATS to reach more of the industrial market with our solutions. ATS understands the value that LE can help deliver to factories.”
One example of the success ATS and LE have experienced working together is the story of a major oriented strand board manufacturer that was striving to improve uptime as demand for their product increased. They were experiencing gearbox, bearing and hydraulic pump failures due to inadequate lubrication practices, resulting in significant downtime. With more than 1,500 lubrication points, the manpower dedicated to lubrication was inadequate, and limited processes were in place to handle the large lubrication scope.
The OSB manufacturer contracted with ATS, which then partnered with LE. Together, ATS and LE offered a comprehensive program that included all lubrication-related equipment, lubricants and manpower. The team developed and implemented lube routes, filtering schedules, an oil analysis program and preventive maintenance tasks, in addition to adding a lube room, filter carts, automatic lubricators, breathers and sight glasses.
One year after the start of the program, the manufacturer realized the following results:
Reduced hydraulic fluid usage by 50 percent
Reduced lubrication-related maintenance time by two man years
Increased completion of operator PMs
Reduced gearbox and bearing costs
Improved equipment life
Improved safety and housekeeping
These outstanding results in a limited amount of time led the manufacturer to expand the program to other plants.
Advanced Technology Services makes business run better through optimizing enterprise assets. From making factories run better through proactive machine maintenance, to state-of-the-art parts service, to providing comprehensive control of all your IT assets from a single pane of glass, ATS is a rapidly growing company dedicated to increasing the productivity of your entire enterprise.
Born out of the need for American manufacturers to remain competitive in a fast-changing global economy, ATS is the leader in outsourced production equipment maintenance. Recently recognized by Inc. magazine as one of America’s 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies, ATS is gaining the attention of leading global manufacturers. The Association of Outsourcing Professionals has named ATS to its annual Global Outsourcing 100 the past three years running. ATS placed in the Top 10 Best Companies with an industry focus for service.
Founded in 1985 in Peoria, Ill., ATS employs more than 3,000 people and has offices and service centers in the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and China. For more information, visit www.advancedtech.com.
A leader in lubricants since 1951, Lubrication Engineers, Inc., makes reliability easy for its customers, creating solutions for even the toughest lubrication challenges in a variety of industries worldwide. LE boosts profits through longer equipment life, extended service intervals, reduction in energy use, fewer repairs and less inventory.
LE’s arsenal includes highly trained consultants, technical expertise, a full complement of reliability products and services, and a comprehensive line of enhanced industrial and automotive lubricants manufactured at its plant in Wichita, Kan. The lubricants are formulated from highly refined base oils and proprietary additives, ensuring that they exceed the performance of ordinary oils and greases. Lubrication Engineers operates under an ISO 9001 Certified Quality System.