At the 2013 UITP exhibition in Geneva, Groeneveld celebrated the delivery of the 25,000th Oilmaster to EvoBus for ex-factory installation. Since the first Oilmaster was delivered to the Bus Division of Daimler, some 10 years ago, the unique Groeneveld oil management system has become an integrated option for EvoBus. The Oilmaster avoids manual oil level checks and topping-up engine oil, and is therefore specified by many leading public transport companies around the globe.
Groeneveld signals a growing demand for its efficiency improving products. “The lack of time for maintenance and daily checks, combined with the need for continuous efficiency improvements, drives demand for our products in the world of public transport,” explains Johan Bood, Groeneveld’s Sales Director for the Bus and Coach Sector. “The few minutes available for cleaning, refuelling and daily checks when buses enter the depot, simply do not allow for a proper oil level check. This explains the global success of our unique Oilmaster oil management system, used by many public transport operators all over the world and supplied ex-factory by leading OEMs like Daimler Buses, as well as in the aftermarket.”
The long-standing relationship and co-development activities between Daimler Buses and Groeneveld has resulted in an integrated solution where the Oilmaster is entirely developed to EvoBus standards and requirements. For buses with the Euro6 engine, a dedicated Oilmaster was developed with 19 liter nylon or aluminium reservoir, depending on the vehicle type. The system is fully integrated in the design and communicates with the vehicle’s electronic system. “By offering the Oilmaster as an ex-factory installed option, we offer a reliable oil management solution to our customers for improving efficiency and uptime,” says Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses and CEO of EvoBus GmbH.
The benefits of Oilmaster
When an Oilmaster is installed, daily oil level checks are no longer needed. When the oil is below the level set, the Groeneveld oil management system automatically tops-up the engine oil from its integrated reservoir with a standard volume of 6 or 12 liters. As the oil level is monitored automatically according to engine-specific settings and protocol, there is always exactly the right oil level in the engine, with the correct specification. The Oilmaster also avoids overfilling, which can cause excessive oil and fuel consumption and serious damage of the expensive exhaust gas after-treatment system. The benefits are clear: decreased cost of operation and increased vehicle availability or uptime.