DALLAS, Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Nestle Waters North America (NWNA), in conjunction with Hydrotex® developed a collaborative program to eliminate servo valve failures in their Husky HyPET 500 units which caused costly downtime and multiple component replacement. The program also intended to extend drain intervals, reduce energy consumption, reduce bottom line costs, and be environmentally intelligent and appropriate for use in a food/beverage plant.
The result of this program demonstrates that use of Hydrotex SYN-Nth Hydraulic Fluid in this application, when combined with the principles of lubrication management, reduces incidence of valve failure and improves energy efficiency.
Beginning in June of 2009, NWNA, Husky Injection Molding Systems and Hydrotex began conducting baseline monitoring on one of the five Husky HyPET 500 units at the NWNA Hawkins Facility. Baseline monitoring consisted of the collection of temperature and energy consumption data for the steady state operation of the machine. During this period all preform injection molders utilized a conventional hydraulic fluid as normal. Following this period, one unit's reservoir was flushed with Hydrotex Gear & Hydraulic Flush and then charged with SYN-Nth, an energy saving synthetic high VI hydraulic fluid. For over a year, NWNA and Hydrotex monitored performance while the unit operated with SYN-Nth Hydraulic Fluid. Monitoring of fluid and component life continues along with profile checks on energy consumption.
Like all Hydrotex synthetic fluids, SYN-Nth is shipped from the manufacturing facility at very high levels of cleanliness compared to common fluids. Using the Hydrotex Lubrication Management Process, no servo valves failed during this period, and component life continues beyond historical levels.
Results of the study indicated an increase of 13.5% on average in energy efficiency over the 12 month period. For energy monitoring, a Dranetz BMI Power Visa was utilized, all monitoring was conducted in accordance with Dranetz procedures and protocols.
SYN-Nth fluid life is significantly longer than the conventional fluid (ASTM D-943), extending drain intervals, reducing fluid and filter disposal volumes and costs.
David Turner, National Technical Manager of Nestle Waters stated, "Initially, we wanted to change to synthetic lubricants to extend the drain intervals and gain improved performance. However, we are extremely pleased with the added value of the significant energy savings." He continued, "NWNA is very conscious of the environment. Hydrotex has helped us move closer to our goals of developing sustainable solutions."
Based on test performance, SYN-Nth was issued and included as an approved Fluid for use by Husky.
John Beasley, President and CEO of Hydrotex stated, "We were pleased with the program results and the improved energy efficiency." He continued, "We are committed to providing our customers with solutions that enhance the sustainability of their operations."
To read the white paper, please visit the Hydrotex website at www.hydrotexlube.com in the Sustainability section.
Hydrotex® is a manufacturer and distributor of high performance lubricant and fuel improver solutions. As an employee owned company, we help our customers develop sustainable solutions designed to improve system reliability, save energy, limit pollution, extend fixed asset life, reduce maintenance costs and improve fuel efficiency. Our products and services leverage over 75 years of innovation resulting in superior synthetic lubrication solutions and high touch customer service.
Hydrotex manufactures and distributes over 300 products in the U.S.A. The company has 30 distributions centers strategically located across the country and all Hydrotex products and solutions are available through Hydrotex local representatives or by calling 800-527-9439.