“Every shipment, be it one single pallet or a truckload, is treated with the same care and concern. We manage the temperature of our client’s product from the point of pickup through the transportation cycle until it is delivered to the consignee,” says Becker. “We monitor every truck to ensure on-time delivery and each step is recorded, tracked and communicated to our client. In order to make sure that happens every time, we need to have dependable trucks and a trustworthy maintenance program.”
Staying true to their philosophy, Garage Manager Dean Lewis keeps a careful eye on his trucks’ performance and, until recently, he was performing oil changes on the trucks about every 25,000 miles. Having worked in the industry about 15 years, Lewis thought that mileage seemed appropriate until Marketer Tom Evans stopped by and suggested he could expand intervals between oil changes if he switched to a synthetic blend. “Tom came to the shop and was confident that we would see more miles on our fleet with ConocoPhillips’ synthetic blend of Guardol ECT,” said Lewis.”
Guardol ECT is a new premium synthetic blend diesel engine oil created to meet the U.S. engine manufacturers’ lubrication requirements for the new 2007 low emissions engines equipped with exhaust after-treatment devices. This blend was specifically designed to enhance oxidation resistance, improve thermal stability, and increase film strength, in addition to containing advanced low temperature properties. Overall, it will provide enhanced performance and protection for older engines requiring service under previous specifications.
When the truck came back at 25,000 miles and an oil analysis showed no oil change was needed, Lewis approved it for another delivery. It wasn’t until the odometer hit the 32,000 mile marker that an oil change was necessary. “With the Guardol ECT, we were able to get an extra 7,000 miles of performance out of our trucks,” stated Lewis. “In addition, we were able to cut our oil usage between oil drains from 12 quarts to six, greatly reducing our oil consumption and, ultimately, cost.”
For a company that uses more than 2,000 gallons of oil per year, the switch to ConocoPhillips’ synthetic blend oil has played a significant role in Becker Transportation’s success in 2007.