Though many well-known lubricant suppliers came forward with proposals, Petro-Canada Lubricants was the only one that surpassed the competition with their experience, expertise and proven products.
Petro-Canada became an integral part of the preparation process. They were involved in designing the lube systems and lube islands, implementing procedures, and selecting the products that would provide the best results. For Copper Mountain, the real challenge was to get the right oils and greases for their different types of equipment. Many of their machines inside the mill consist of different manufacturer parts and aligning with OEM warranty guidelines is critical across all of the machinery on site. This adds a layer of complexity to planning and managing the different lubricant requirements.
“If we had to use different original lubricants that OEMs demand, it would have been a constant headache. All we had to do was give the Petro-Canada support team our list of needs and wants, and they took care of getting all of the equipment approvals we needed.”
With proven experience working with OEMs like Komatsu and Caterpillar, Petro-Canada ensured that their products are suitable for all of Copper Mountain’s equipment.
Copper Mountain has many pieces of equipment in operation and roughly sixty people that are involved in changing the lubricants for the machines. With different skill levels, experience and training, they wanted to ensure that the equipment was always properly cared for – no matter who was responsible. With Petro-Canada’s help, they created the Lubricant Survey. The lubricant survey covers all machines and fluids across the entire business. Every piece of equipment, what it is, what it does, what type of oil it uses, oil capacity and proper change out methods, are all covered in this one concise document. When employees are equipped with the document, it helps to better manage machines and change-outs, and reduces the chances of improper lubricant selection – which can prolong the life of the lubricants and the equipment.
“We were looking for suppliers that will not only provide superior products for our operations, but also a team that is going to do the job, do it right, and provide good support and service along the way. Right away we knew that Petro-Canada could do that for us.”