Air BP Lubricants has developed new web-based software enabling customers to measure how its High Performance Capable (HPC) lubricant BPTO 2197 outperforms competing turbo oils when used across a range of high severity engines.
Drawing on customers’ own operational data, the web-based ‘value proven tool’ allows Air BP technical sales staff to calculate and show graphically the potential benefits of switching to the leading HPC turbo oil brand.
Having accumulated over 210 million hours in service, BPTO 2197 has been developed to match the demands set by new generation engines operating at higher thrustto-weight ratios, which pose new challenges for lubricants in terms of thermal stress. Air BP’s modelling software is used to assess how many of a given airline’s operational engines will benefit from the switch to BPTO 2197.
“Since its launch, no customer choosing BPTO 2197 has subsequently removed it from service for technical or maintenance reasons,” said Roger Harris, Air BP Lubricants’ Global Sales Director. “At point of sale we emphasize its unsurpassed high temperature cleanliness, its outstanding thermal stability and its superior hydrolytic stability, but what the customer most wants us to demonstrate is lower maintenance cost. This new tool is helping us to bring the message to a wider audience.”
Already lubricating over 9,000 installed engines and more than 30,000 accessories, Mr Harris noted that, in 2007, BPTO 2197 became the first turbo oil to be qualified under the new SAE civil specification AS 5780 to ‘high performance capability’ grade.
“While standard (SPC) oils perform well enough at low temperatures, performance deteriorates rapidly as critical severity is reached,” added Air BP Technical Sales Manager, Middle East, David Zydzienowski.
“BPTO 2197 provides a reliability margin based upon much lower levels of coking. For new engine designs, BPTO 2197 allows approximately an additional 15°C thermal margin (based upon proprietary testing). This provides an additional operating margin for newer fuel efficient designs that might ordinarily be too stressful for most standard (SPC) lubricants.”
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The milestone, which coincides with the oil’s 15th anniversary, effectively means that BPTO 2197 has lubricated engines travelling the equivalent distance of six million trips around the world.
The airline, which is the largest operator of CFM56 engines in South America, switched last year from standard jet oil to Air BP Lubricants' Turbo Oil (BPTO) 2197.