MechChem Africa

Fluid management specialists, Hytec Fluid Technology (HFT), a Hytec Group company, has moved into a new 2 800 m2 facility in Spartan. MechChem Africa talks to HFT’s general manager, Sandor Bottyan about the extended customised service kits offering that comes with the move.

Hytec Service Kits packingHFT’s move into new and larger premises is a direct result of the growth experienced since introducing its service kits offering for mobile heavy vehicles. “Since partnering with Cummins Filtration and the Fleetguard brand back in 2015, we have been offering an ever-expanding range of customised service and filter kits,” begins Bottyan. “This new facility is purpose designed to support that focus,” he tells MechChem Africa.

“We see this as an ideal solution for fleet and equipment owners who are seeking to extend service intervals of their equipment and reduce cost of ownership. In partnership with Cummins Filtration and Fleetguard for example, we have had considerable field successes in extending service intervals and reducing the number of filter and oil changes required for our customers,” he reveals.

An example of this offering can be seen in the adaptation of the conventional service regime of typical mining and construction machinery, where fuel and oil filters would be changed every 250, 500, 750 and 1 000 hours, with the air filters being changed at 500 and 1 000 hours intervals respectively.

“But with selected ESI (extended service interval) Fleetguard filters, the air, oil and fuel filters are all suitable to be changed every 1 000 hours, so an operator only uses half the air filters and one quarter of the oil and fuel filters compared to most OEM recommendations.

“Also key to the extended service interval programme is the engine oil service life, which needs to be in excess of 1 000 hours. This brings the life of all of the service kit components into line, so that a full service can be completed once every 1 000 hours, without having to do additional oil changes every 500 hours,” he says, adding: “The result is less downtime for routine servicing and lower maintenance costs.”

“We also make use of the Fleetguard OAT (organic acid technology) coolant as part of the package offering. This is a lifelong coolant, which when filled in an engine, will technically never be required to be drained and refilled. Conventional coolants are usually drained every 4 000 to 6 000 hours, up to 10 times more often compared to the Fleetguard OAT product,” Bottyan continues.

The long-life product also enables the Fleetguard OAT coolant to be drained, filtered and reused during the lifecycle of the vehicle. “We are now routinely installing our HFT-designed coolant purification system to remove all solid contaminants, so that it can be safely reused in vehicles,” Bottyan assures.

From its core competence in servicing off-road mining and construction vehicles that depend heavily on hydraulics, HFT is now growing its market share in the on-road haulage fleet market. “We have taken a collaborative approach with respect to the development of each kit. In partnership with fleet owners, vehicle OEMs, and our filter, lubricant and coolant suppliers, we determine the best combination of kit component to extend service intervals for on-highway fleets …

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