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SHOP OPERATIONS

The importance
of managing fluid
dispensing in the shop
Fluid management systems can
help track and optimize fluid use.
By Kayla Oschmann

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leets can keep costs down and increase productivity by tracking fluids in real-time. Advancements
in technology have continued to improve the ability to manage and track these fluids. Fluids ranging from engine oil to hydraulic oil, transmission
fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, windshield
washer fluid, and diesel exhaust fluid can all be
easily dispensed and managed on-site. By using a
software-based or cloud-based fluid management
system, fleets can better optimize the tracking and
management of these fluids.
A fluid management system assists fleets by not
only keeping inventory in check through dispensing precise amounts and limiting the use of more
expensive fluids, but also streamlines the process
of dispensing these fluids, increasing shop and
technician efficiency.
"It gives people a systematic way of handling
their fluids," says Mark McClatchey, product
manager at Liquidynamics, a manufacturer of
lubrication handling equipment. "Everybody
knows what to do and how to do it ... and [a fluid
management system] has a nice audit trail of the
transactions."

Bringing back accountability

Accounting for all fluids dispensed is a necessary task and a top notable feature when using
a fluid management system. When a proper
tracking system is not in place, allowing fluids
to be dispensed at any time, in any amount, and
by anyone in the shop, accountability cannot be
monitored. With a fluid management system, a
fluid cannot be dispensed unless there is a work
order attached to it.
"In a shop, you really want to ensure that you
have records of where all your fluids are going,"
says Joshua Holmstadt, senior global product
marketing manager at Graco, a manufacturer of
fluid handling systems and components for both
industrial and commercial applications.
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28 Fleet Maintenance | August 2019

»»With many fluid
management systems,
transactional data can
be captured, including
how much fluid is
dispensed, the date
and time a transaction
was completed,
who completed a
transaction, which type
of fluid was used and
the vehicle, asset, and/
or location associated
with a transaction.
Photo courtesy of Trak Engineering



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Uptime: Is assessing cost-per-mile enough?
Do you know your TCO?
Vehicles: How to ensure optimum air system performance
In the Bay: The ABCs of ADBs
Shop Operations: The importance of managing fluid dispensing in the shop
Training: Invest in the future
Diagnostics: All scan tools are not created equal
Management: Are you good at PM?
Fleet Parts & Components
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