A switch to Mobil DTE 10 Excel hydraulic fluid has helped South African plastics packaging converter MPact Polymers reduce the energy used by its processing equipment by 7 per cent.

The move also helped the company optimise equipment performance at its Pinetown facility, reducing unscheduled maintenance in the process, while the hydraulic fluid’s long life is said to have reduced waste oil disposal costs.

MPact Polymers now uses ExxonMobil’s hydraulic fluid across all 22 injection moulding machines and 13 blow moulding lines.

ExxonMobil also recommended that the converter implement Mobil Serv Lubricant Analysis, which detects issues from used oil before they become problems, helping to reduce unplanned maintenance.

Data from Mobil Serv Lubricant Analysis confirmed the oil’s long in-service life, which reduced hydraulic fluid consumption by 200 litres. This extended oil drain intervals, reducing human-machine interaction by 27 hours over the space of a year.

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