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Boosting productivity with effective maintenance strategies

By 2025, the global plastics injection moulding industry is expected to reach USD$496 billion. As one of the fastest developing regions, Europe is due to total at USD$122billion in the same timeframe. A burgeoning market means there are strong growth opportunities for businesses afoot, which are only furthered by the dawn of Industry 4.0.

Rapid advances in new technologies are moving us towards the ‘smart factories’ of the future. This is an exciting, but also daunting step for businesses to take. High up-front costs and the requirements of re- or up-skilling staff mean securing a strong return on investment from new high-value equipment is business critical.

To capitalise on market growth opportunities, businesses must adopt a Total Cost of Ownership approach that recognises the importance of long-term cost savings. A key part of this is implementing an effective maintenance regime that helps to combat equipment challenges such as varnish and sludge build up; water in oil; and aeration – all of which can contribute to breakdown and monetary loss.

In this report, Shell Lubricants showcases how high-performance lubrication and maintenance services can help to mitigate risk of breakdown and generate efficiency gains to help businesses thrive in the output-intensive industry of plastics injection moulding.

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Did you know?

  • Poor maintenance can reduce a factory’s productivity by 5-20%

    As a business, there are a huge number of operational factors to consider. Maintenance is one of them, and deprioritising it can have significant ramifications on production output and ultimately the bottom line.

    For example, high performance hydraulic fluid not only transits power mechanically throughout the system, it also offers protection to moving parts at the heart of the plastics injection moulding machine.

  • 50% to 70% of equipment failures are related to improper hydraulic fluid condition

    Hydraulic systems are expected to deliver peak performance while operating at high pressures, fluctuating temperatures and often in tough conditions.

    Ensuring they are well protected with effective hydraulic fluids can mitigate risk of a breakdown and costly repairs, leading to prolonged service life, and a positive impact on the bottom line.

  • 78% of operators think their maintenance staff would benefit from training on effective equipment lubrication

    As an industry, it is essential that we work together to share knowledge and unlock growth in the sector.

    As the landscape of manufacturing continues to evolve with the adoption of Industry 4.0, it is more important than ever that people feel equipped with the knowledge to succeed. Shell Lubricants is committed to providing lubricant selection and application expertise and training for its customers through its network of 260+ technical experts.

   

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Gear oils

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Explore Shell’s range of gear oils to see how you can prolong asset life, prevent breakdowns and increase the efficiency of your machinery.

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Compressor oils

Whatever your technical needs and operational conditions, explore our range of compressor oils to discover how Shell can help you get the most from your equipment investment.

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The longer your grease lasts, the longer your components last, and the less lubrication maintenance for your equipment. With a full product range of Shell Gadus greases, you can select the grease to best meet your needs.

Greases oils, Shell Gadus

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You can reduce maintenance costs and lost production time by choosing a higher quality slideway oil from Shell’s range. 

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