Yancey Bros. Co. was approaching its seventy-fifth birthday when it began offering the latest innovation for preventing major engine problems. With Scheduled Oil Sampling (S•O•S)SM Fluid Analysis, Yancey Technicians perform testing on oil and coolant samples at regularly scheduled intervals. The appearance of trace amounts of certain metals indicates wear on specific engine components, and by monitoring trends, technicians can provide recommendations or actions specific to each fluid compartment. Problems are detected early, so they can be repaired before they become major failures. Plus, down time for those repairs can be scheduled to fit the customer’s workload. The Yancey Bros. Co. laboratory analyzes more than 200 oil samples from across Georgia every day.
In addition to laboratory analysis, Caterpillar and Yancey have further developed Product Link™ as a powerful tool for monitoring the status of equipment. Onboard transmission now relies on cellular communication instead of satellite, and transmits data throughout the day. “With condition monitoring, the machine will tell us if it’s overheating or if it’s something as basic as it’s time for an oil change,” says Mark Kincer, Yancey vice president, machine division product support. “Or it will tell us if the machine is overspeeding (needing to shift gears). One day we had an instance of a machine overspeeding twelve times. We called the quarry manager, and he laughed. The regular operator was out that day, and the manager was driving the truck.
“Over time, though, overspeeding will reduce the life of the engine, so if it’s an issue, we want to make sure operators are trained properly to avoid unexpected failures.” Ninety years after Troup County bought the first-ever Yancey Caterpillar tractor, Troup became the first to utilize condition monitoring for a fleet of new machines.
As Yancey celebrates its 100th anniversary, it is monitoring about 2,500 machines across the state. “We’re selling up time,” Kincer says, “and when we help customers avoid unexpected failures, we’re saving them money.”
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