What would be more preferable if one was to choose between buying a ready-built lube truck and a customized lube truck? According to industry experts, the latter option is more preferable despite the fact that the customer will have to pay more. This is because customers get precisely what they need in a customized oil truck. Customized lubrication trucks are more expensive because they require more time and work to put together. At the end of the day, however, customers will get better service from their customized trucks as compared to what they would get from preassembled trucks. When a custom truck is being built, several important factors are considered.
The first factor that will be considered is the climate in which the oil truck will do its job. This might not sound like a very important consideration on the face of it but as industry professionals will tell you, climatic conditions have a major effect on the delivery and longevity of a lube truck. Let's consider temperatures, for example. We know that temperatures differ seasonally and geographically. Lubricant trucks are used to, among other things, transport lubrication fluids and apply them into machines. Some of these fluids are sensitive to temperature changes. In very cold weather the low temperature might cause the fluids to gel to an extent that it becomes difficult to pump them into machines that require servicing. If the manufacturer knows the climatic conditions under which the oil truck will be used they will make appropriate adjustments to the truck. For example, they will have the storage tanks and hose reels housed in a heated enclosure so that the lubricants are kept at an optimum temperature that will enable their non-problematic dispensing in cold weather.
Temperature aside, other important considerations include things like rain and dust. Lube trucksdestined for use in very dusty places should come adequately prepared for the dust. Such trucks should be covered to keep the dust away or at least have important components like control panels housed in dustproof enclosures. Dust will otherwise certainly complicate matters as it's known to clog hoses and generally interfere with the smooth operation of a lubrication truck. If care is not taken dust can indeed contaminate the lubricants during delivery. Again, the crew will have the added duty of cleaning the truck more frequently. Moisture is another problem. Trucks for lubeshould be protected from the rain as much as possible because rainwater will contaminate the lubricants and over time cause various parts of the truck to rust. If a truck is therefore destined for a place with plenty of rain it should come adequately protected.
The customer will provide the manufacturer with details of his job site as well as a description of the equipment he has onsite to enable the manufacturer put together the perfect truck. The manufacturer needs to know, among other things, the types of machines to be serviced by the lube trucks, their number, ease of accessibility to the worksite, and the frequency with which the machines are serviced so that they can design the requisite truck.
How do manufacturers customize lube trucks?