with the OPS-1 system.
Casella said it expects to significantly extend the time between oil changes on each vehicle, saving time and money on oil maintenance costs, while also minimizing the negative impact to the environment.
Casella installed multiple evaluation units of the OPS-1 system on trucks in Rutland, Vt., and Auburn, N.Y. Instead of changing the oil on each vehicle every 300 hours the engine ran, Casella analyzed an oil sample once a month to measure 27 different attributes, including various wear metals, viscosity and total base number.
After each analysis, Casella said all levels were found to be within the normal range for each evaluation vehicle. After approximately 3,400 total hours for all vehicles, the evaluation units were still running without an oil drain. Before using the OPS-1 system, Casella typically changed the oil on a vehicle seven or eight times a year, or about every 300 hours, the company said.
Casella's current implementation plans include installing the OPS-1 system on the majority of its trucks. OPS field technicians have begun installing the units at 43 locations, and expect to complete the project in March 2008. Casella is also discussing plans to implement the system on its off-road vehicles in the future. Once the implementation is complete, the company expects to save 200,000 gallons of oil and $600 dollars per vehicle each year. Casella also expects to realize its return on investment in about a year, and over a 10-year period to see a 1,300 percent ROI.
Oil Purification Systems Inc. manufactures the OPS-1 on board oil refining system, which removes the solid and liquid contaminants from engine oil, virtually eliminating the need for routine oil changes. Founded in 2002, OPS is headquartered in Shelton, Conn. and has production facilities in Waterbury, Conn. For more information, call (866) 645-7873 or visit www.ops-1.com.