Should oil be cleaned? Deteriorated oil to blame for 90 percent of the damages in the hydraulic systems of machinery and equipment

Such an invisible thing as lubricating oil is important for industrial processes. It is estimated that nine out of ten damages in hydraulic systems occur due to deterioration of the oil which, in addition to damages, may also lead to unplanned downtime in production.

Within industrial plants oil lubricates the process equipment, such as valves and switch gear. If we forget to replace and clean the oil, there may occur many problems in machinery and equipment.

Oil deteriorates in use

Wear particles from appliances and other contaminants accumulate in the oil over time. Oil suffers from condensation and aging by oxygen, temperature and catalytic substances such as metals, water and coolants. When the oil ages, resinous compounds accumulate on surfaces and cause warming and valve disorders.

Impurities get in oil via different routes. Within the process, the particles from deteriorated parts, painted surfaces and seals end up in the oil circulation. Chemical reactions involve oxidation of the lubricant and reactions with foreign substances.

External contaminants end up in oil, for example, because of missing air filters or through shaft seals and maintenance hatch in the oil container. There may be impurities even in fresh oil - or possibly wrong type of oil is used.

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Regular analysis prevents uncontrolled production shutdowns

When oil quality is regularly followed, preventive service measures can be taken during a planned downtime. Field laboratory can immediately provide the first response and a more detailed analysis we receive from a qualified laboratory within a week.

The sampling shall be done professionally to avoid distorted results. The equipment must be clean and appropriate. If a test is not made correctly it can do more harm than a sample that has not been taken at all, if incorrect actions are taken on the basis of the results.

It is possible to clean oil on an operating machinery

To clean the oil during operation an electrostatic purifier is installed in the oil container by-pass. It will remove most of the contaminants and particles.

The water that has accrued in the oil over time can be removed by using a low-pressure vaporizer, which is installed in the oil container by-pass.

Cleaning reduces friction, saves energy and extends the service life of parts and oil - saves both costs and the environment.


Further information:

Ari Moilanen, Work Coordinator, Maintpartner
phone +358 (0)43 216 0274, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hannu Leskelä, President, Service Agreements, Maintpartner
phone +358 (0)40 546 8580, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Maintpartner is a leading industrial operation and maintenance company in Northern Europe and the leading actor in the energy sector in the Nordic countries. We help our customers improve productivity at their production facilities and minimize process disruptions. In addition to long-term operation and maintenance contracts we offer development, installation and engineering services. Our advanced digital solutions represent the best-in-class development in the field.


Maintpartner Group employs approximately 1,900 people. Our net sales in 2016 amounted to some EUR 160 million. The Group has offices in Finland, Sweden, Poland and Estonia. More information at www.maintpartner.com.

Tomasz Olszewski appointed Director, Maintpartner Energy Poland

Tomasz Olszewski has been appointed Director of Maintpartner's energy business in Poland. Mr. Olszewski has an extensive experience from international industrial companies. His in-depth expertise of energy plant O&M is a valuable asset to our energy teams and operations in Poland.

Tomasz Olszewski will be responsible for Maintpartner energy business in Poland, including business planning and development. His main focus in in profitable growth, and he will report to Kosti Rautiainen, President of Maintpartner Energy Business.

“I am confident that Tomasz’s good network on the Polish industrial market will benefit us all in finding new business cases and building success with our energy teams in Poland,” says Kosti Rautiainen.

Growth continues – we are hiring in all our countries


As an industry forerunner, we offer our customers value-adding and reliable services for industrial maintenance and operation. Our good reputation also brings about growing demand.

Our customers across energy and industry are showing great confidence in our expert services that help them achieve their targets on operational reliability, productivity and safety. We are very thankful and proud of this – and at the same time, it is opening up new opportunities for potential employees to join our professional teams in Finland, Poland and Sweden.

We have vacancies for both entry and senior level employees and anything in between in various industries. If you come directly from vocational school, you will learn your trade to perfection in our teams with the support of your experienced co-workers. If you are an experienced professional of industrial maintenance or engineering, we surely will have a place for you, too.

Please visit the career section of our local websites to see our openings:

Fingrid has chosen Maintpartner to operate and maintain their reserve power plants


Finland's main grid company Fingrid Plc has selected Maintpartner as the provider of operation and maintenance services for their nine reserve power plants. The services cover maintenance and repair of equipment and property at the reserve power plants, test runs and operation as required, as well as general supervision.

Reserve power plants are part of the disturbance reserve of the power system in Finland, which aims to ensure that electricity is produced at any given moment as much as it is consumed. They are started if there is not enough commercial power supply available on the market, for example, in a situation where a major plant has become inoperative.

"We are proud to take care of the disturbance reserve of the Finnish power system, and grateful for Fingrid's confidence in us," says Kosti Rautiainen, head of Maintpartner's energy business. "We have over a thousand industrial professionals in Finland and the country's highest knowledge in the operation and maintenance of power plants – the expertise of our personnel and our geographic coverage ensure that we can quickly respond to disturbances and ensure the adequacy of electricity in the event of power failures as Fingrid's partner."

"The service contract was awarded as a public procurement in 2017 and we invested heavily in the procurement process. The contract model was renewed and, in addition to costs, we emphasized the quality of service. Our ambitious goal is to further improve our operational reliability, making reserve power plants more useful for electricity consumers with lower expenses,” says Sampsa Holmberg, Fingrid's power plant manager, on the goals of the contract.

The value of the three-year contract, which will be effective from 1 July 2018 onwards, is about EUR 3.3 million.

Further information

Kosti Rautiainen, President of Energy Business, Maintpartner
Tel. +358 50 374 8172, kosti.rautiainen [at] maintpartner.com

Mika Riekkola, Sales Director, Maintpartner
Tel. +358 40 739 6607, mika.riekkola [at] maintpartner.com

 

Maintpartner is a leading industrial operation and maintenance company in Northern Europe and the leading actor in the energy sector in the Nordic countries. We help our customers improve the productivity of their production facilities and minimize process disruptions. In addition to long-term operation and maintenance agreements we offer development, installation and engineering services. Our digital solutions represent the best-in-class development in the field.

Maintpartner Group employs approximately 1,900 people. Our net sales in 2016 amounted to some EUR 160 million. The Group has offices in Finland, Sweden, Poland and Estonia. More information at www.maintpartner.com.

Wojciech Serafin appointed President of Maintpartner Poland


Wojciech Serafin, B.Sc. Econ., has been appointed President, Maintpartner Poland starting 14 December 2017. He has a nearly 20 year experience of leadership positions in industrial companies, with background in technology development, production, line maintenance, and supply chain and project management.

Mr Serafin’s focus will also be strongly on sales and growing the Maintpartner’s industrial operation and maintenance business in Poland.

“Wojciech’s expertise in international companies’ way of operations will be of great value for our organization in Poland. He also has strong experience in team management, cost optimization and development programs,” says Pasi Tolppanen, CEO of Maintpartner Group.

“I rely on mutual communication and co-operation with the business partners while leading us towards growth that results in the satisfaction of all parties,” says Wojceich Serafin.

Wojciech Serafin will be located in Zabrze, Poland.

Previous President, Maintpartner Poland, Dariusz Kowalczyk is leaving the company to pursue his career outside Maintpartner.

Further information:

Pasi Tolppanen, CEO, Maintpartner Group
Tel. +358 40 541 6656, pasi.tolppanen [at] maintpartner.com

Jyrki Paappa appointed Chief Financial Officer for Maintpartner Group

Jyrki Paappa

M.Sc. (Econ.) Jyrki Paappa has been appointed CFO for Maintpartner Group as of 1 January 2018. In recent years he has offered consulting services in financial administration through his own company. Previously he has acted, for example, as CFO for the Finnish company Raisio Plc.

”Jyrki Paappa brings Maintpartner a broad view of group accounting and financial administration. He strengthens our comprehensive knowledge of financial systems and processes”, says Pasi Tolppanen, CEO at Maintpartner.

”I was very interested in the assignment after having acquainted myself with the company in connection with the recruitment process. To deliver a tailor-made solution for customers in order to improve operational reliability and productivity in major production plants is a clear target, for which I gladly work together with the competent Maintpartner personnel”, says Jyrki Paappa.

When Paappa takes up his post, the acting CFO, Tero Jussila, returns to his previous position with responsibility for external accounting and financing.

Additional information:
Pasi Tolppanen, CEO, Maintpartner Group Oy,
tel. +358 (0)40 541 6656, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.