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"We recently had an inspection where the tractor was one of the owner's personal trucks - his little baby for years," [Jeff Priborsky] says. "It had just over 1.25 million miles, and he said, 'Well, we're going to get her overhauled - let's see what it's like.' So that's what we did the inspection on, and when he was able to see the condition of his engine, he said, 'Wow, you just saved me $15,000, because I don't need to do a thing to this truck.'"...

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                   lights the way
                   Shell’s roving inspection kit focuses on fleets’ engine maintenance

                               etting a “digital inspection” is not necessar-                 we can usually respond quite quickly.”
                               ily something that fleet professionals look                       The technology was first developed for the medical industry but
                               forward to.                                                    was adapted for industrial use—at first to inspect aircraft engines
                      That is, unless Shell Lubricants’ VideoCheck™ digital inspection        and turbines before Shell used it to see inside of on and off-highway
                   system is coming to your shop to make sure your trucks’ engines            diesel engines and gearboxes. Priborsky says while the system is
                   are in good shape. VideoCheck™ is a state-of-the-art digital fiber optic   mainly used to validate fleets’ maintenance schedules and prac-
                   method to inspect hard-to-access internal engine components like cyl-      tices, sometimes it is at the right place at the right time to save
                   inder heads, valves and pistons, saving many hours of labor.               some serious money.
                      The system uses a small video camera attached to the end of an             “We had a large mining customer out west that just put a large
                   adjustable cable, which is fed into the engine to transmit images to       piece of equipment back in service after having a complete rebuild
                   a high-resolution laptop monitor. This less invasive method allows for     on the engine, and cost-per-hour to run one of those and the revenue
                   a complete engine assessment without completely tearing apart (and         those generate is staggering,” he says. “Within 20 hours, they were
                   putting back together) the engine, identifies potential damage or prob-    developing issues, and the engine OEM said, ‘You did something
                   lems and provides visual indication of lubrication performance.            wrong—you have a lubricants issue.’ We were able to get our Video-
                      VideoCheck™ records and saves video images of key engine com-           Check operator out there within 48 hours and inspected it and deter-
                   ponents and the operator issues a report, including diagnoses and          mined it was an assembly issue. And we were able to document that
                   recommendations, if any. The program is free of charge and available       to show the OEM.”
                   for any Shell customers or prospects.                                         Sometimes, VideoCheck can help save fleets money by proving that
                                                                                              components do not need to be replaced right away.
                   COAST TO COAST                                                                “We recently had an inspection where the tractor was one of the
                      Jeff Priborsky, Shell Lubricants U.S. marketing manager (business-      owner’s personal trucks—his little baby for years,” Priborsky says.
                   to-business), says VideoCheck first started in Mexico before moving        “It had just over 1.25 million miles, and he said, ‘Well, we’re going
                   north of the border around three years ago, and now has two full-time      to get her overhauled—let’s see what it’s like.’ So that’s what we did
                   operators criss-crossing the country.                                      the inspection on, and when he was able to see the condition of his
                      “We keep two guys pretty busy—this year alone we’ve done over           engine, he said, ‘Wow, you just saved me $15,000, because I don’t
                   200 inspections and/or demonstrations, and next year we plan to            need to do a thing to this truck.’”
                   break the 300 mark,” he says. “We set out a schedule for the entire           Sometimes the VideoCheck™ system arrives just in the nick of
                   year, and we work with our fleet reps and provide them each with two       time. An over-the-road transport tractor was having problems, but the
                   weeks during the course of the year. There’s enough flexibility in the     fleet owner had no idea why and didn’t think it was bad enough to
                   program with two operators where if there is an emergency situation,       pull the truck off the road. A VideoCheck™ inspection found that while
                   where you’ve had a catastrophic failure or something of that nature,       the piston showed no signs of notable deposits, major damage was

12   Fleet Maintenance December 2008
seen along its crown and outside edge. The truck was pulled off the            While he has avoided any major problems with his current fleet,
road, possibly avoiding a costly on-road failure.              
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