Better lubrication means better operations


Shell Lubricants believes that the success of a quarrying, mining or construction business depends on its ability to ensure equipment runs efficiently and reliably.  

Whether the project involves earthmoving, transporting loads, levelling, compacting, or digging, a business relies on its equipment and accompanying lubricated components.  

Equipment breakdowns can severely compromise project schedules and prevent a company from earning revenue. 

Shell understands that businesses, whether it’s construction, quarrying or mining, are constantly striving to meet deadlines and lower operating costs. 

According to the 2019 Shell Global Construction Industry Report, 43 per cent of construction companies said they often experience breakdowns because of ineffective lubrication – and 72 per cent agreed that their maintenance teams needed more training. 

Excavation and construction equipment can be tough and operate in a range of harsh environments. Therefore, it’s important to use the right combination of lubricants to get the most out of your engines, transmissions, hydraulic systems, and greased components.

Using the right combination of lubricants together can improve vehicle and equipment productivity. 

Likewise, lubricant costs can be as little as 1-2 per cent of total maintenance costs whilst optimising lubricant use across all operations can save 30 per cent of operating costs, according to Shell’s Industry Report.

Businesses need a simplified lubricant portfolio that works harder, for longer – helping increase uptime, minimise downtime and extend equipment life.  

Shell Lubricants for Driveline are a suite of high-performing lubricants that adds up to more than the sum of its parts – making equipment more efficient, productive, and competitive. 

Shell’s macro distributor Viva Energy Australia works to support customers to optimise their lubricant portfolio and provide advice on the best lubricant for their equipment.

“Our local Technical Helpdesk is available to answer your questions and provide expert equipment lubricant recommendations, as well as advice on rationalisation and lubricant storage,” Viva Energy lubricants technical advisor Silvana Farrugia said.

“We make sure we recommend products with approved specifications and are the best fit for your quarrying, mining or construction equipment.”   

The Shell Driveline lubricant product suite is designed to meet the needs of the whole machine. The Shell product range helps operators get more from every part.

For example, Shell Rimula engine oil features the latest generation technology to deliver significantly improved resistance to wear, deposits, and oxidation. It is versatile enough to bring you the convenience of a single oil, suitable for virtually all engine ages and vehicle types.

Transmission and axle fluids such as Shell Spirax offers greater reliability for less downtime and enhanced wear protection. Recognised by leading equipment manufacturers, it enables a smooth and noise-free operation.

Likewise, Shell’s Tellus hydraulic fluid offers increased productivity, with extended oil life and outstanding system efficiency.

Finally, Shell’s Gadus grease provides excellent lasting protection and consistent performance over longer periods.

Shell’s driveline products meet the appropriate specifications, approvals, and recommendations from many of the industry standard and leading sector OEM’s including ACEA, Allison, API, Bosch, CNH, John Deere, Massey Fergusson, Caterpillar, Cummins, Deutz, Scania, Volvo and ZF.

Selecting a less effective lubricant may not result in immediate equipment failure but can lead to increased maintenance expenses over time. 

Businesses seeking real time support can receive a free consult on what lubricant is optimal for their machine through the Viva Energy Technical Help Desk line (Shell business specialists).

For more information, email technicalhelpdesk@vivaenergy.com.au or call 1300 134 205

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