Master of Business Administration Executive

Faculty / School

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)

Year of Award


Project Type

MBA Executive Research Project

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Restricted Access

Executive Summary

If engine is the heart of a machine, engine oil is its lifeblood. When it comes to car owners, fleet owners, drivers, motorcyclists, service vans and cargo trucks, lubrication engineers understand success hinges upon longer engine life, less downtime, all-weather performance and improved fuel economy. The effort to minimize the risk of contamination during lubricant distribution, handling and dispensing has been a top priority for lubricant manufacturing companies. A few years ago, the attitude among the consumer was one that “oil is just oil”. Ifthe oil level was low, new oil was added. That attitude changed when people began to realize that lubrication practices have a marked influence on vehicle engine reliability. With that realization, several changes relating to engine lubrication, contamination control and oil analysis began taking place within Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs).Contamination is a leading cause of machinery failure by directly impairing the lubricant’s ability to control friction, wear, and corrosion. With this awareness it became imperative to control contaminant to avoid destruction to the lubricant (additives and base oil properties) and internal machinery surfaces. Once contamination is introduced, lubricants started to degrade and the equipment s internal components, including critical frictional surfaces, deteriorated prematurely. By reducing contamination from its originating source, the life of the lubricant and machine can be greatly extended.



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