Posted September 11, 2023

AI-based fluid analysis

Volvo CE announces comprehensive fluid analysis for improved uptime and TCO.

Volvo Construction Equipment is rolling out a new Fluid Analysis program. The service expands on its existing Oil Analysis program and now encompasses lubricants, diesel fuels, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) and coolants.

Up to 75 percent of repair costs and downtime are related to contaminated lubricants and fuels; about two-thirds of all bearing failures are because of lubrication issues. This new program will better equip customers to take preventive action against contamination and wear, leading to improved uptime and contributing to a lower total cost of ownership.

“The importance of fluid analysis cannot be overstated, given that early identification of these subtle patterns and anomalies can prevent costly equipment failures, minimize downtime and extend the machine’s lifespan,” says Edward Goodchild, head of Repair and Maintenance at Volvo CE.

Fluid Analysis is Volvo CE’s first artificial intelligence (AI) platform-driven analysis to identify wear metals and contaminants or changes in fluid conditions. The new process uses data analysis to provide easy-to-understand reports and insights to help customers make better decisions. AI accelerates the testing process, allowing lab technicians to focus on more pressing issues such as analyzing abnormal or critical samples.

The Fluid Analysis program also increases the number of testing labs to 20 global locations with four in North America through a partnership with an industry-leading testing provider. This will allow all dealers and customers who take advantage of the program to benefit from worldwide data, reducing lead time and simplifying the sampling and analysis process.

A streamlined process
Customers can utilize the program through a service contract with their Volvo CE dealer or purchase an individual sample kit.

Once a fluid sample is taken from a machine, the dealer sends it to a lab where it is analyzed and diagnosed based on any trace elements found. A report with recommended actions is then shared on the Fluid Analysis portal and CHAIN, a cloud-based platform that features a user-friendly interface and presents reports in a highly visual and easy-to-analyze format.

“With routine fluid analysis and historical data, AI algorithms can identify trends, patterns and correlations that can reduce downtime by up to 15 percent,” says Goodchild. “This program will make it much easier for customers to reduce downtime, optimize costs and improve operational efficiency.”

To find out more about Fluid Analysis from Volvo CE, contact your local dealer.