"We have consistently, over the past two and three years, broken availability and reliability records on most of our equipment. Our mine has never run so well and Petro-Canada’s oils have played a significant role in that." – Glen Torjusson, Highland Valley Copper
PRODURO TO-4+ Synthetic All Season
"The better oils, better filtration, together with the kidney looping and improved components, increased brake life by 60 percent and transmission life by 50 percent. We’ve also increased drain intervals – we used to change oil at 2,400 hours, but now we change it based on oil analysis results," says Glen. "I’ve got some oils out there in excess of 10,000 hours and they’re still showing a very good oil analysis report. PRODURO has given us good long life; it’s doing the job very well."
"We have several units running over 10,000 hours on the hydraulic oil," Glen says. "Petro-Canada’s oils have played a large part in this achievement but it is important to note that we are always looking at improvements in technology as well. We have worked aggressively on filtration and kidney looping the oils."
"One big difference we’ve seen since switching to VULTREX OGL Synthetic All Season is an improvement in the life of saddle block wear plates," Wade says. "At one point in time, when we would do scheduled preventative maintenance (PM), which is every 500 hours, we would spend three to four hours adjusting saddle blocks alone, thus losing valuable repair time on the rest of the machine." "Once we started using VULTREX OGL Synthetic All Season, we rarely go in and adjust the saddle blocks," Wade says. This equates to roughly a five percent reduction in downtime. We’ve been using VULTREX OGL Synthetic All Season for quite some time now. We’ve got the application down pat but Ron gives us a hand in tweaking it for the variations of weather we get on our site."
Wade adds. "Because of a technician coming in, I’ve seen anywhere between a 40 to 60 percent reduction in my grease consumption in most applications over the past several years."
Petro-Canada is not only a supplier, but a partner to their customers. Petro-Canada was selected as Highland Valley’s exclusive supplier in June 2002 and, within two short years, Petro-Canada Lubricants signed a rare life of mine contract.
In February 2007, Teck Cominco announced that it will proceed with a plan to extend the life of the Highland Valley Copper mine to 2019. Petro-Canada Lubricants will be there, offering sound advice and the highest quality products for the life of the mine.