April 28, 2022
Any industry that undergoes a tremendous amount of work every day and involves many machines depends on an efficient lubrication system. The need for an efficient lubrication system is important because it helps in reducing downtime, improves operating profitability, and increases the overall efficiency of the operation of that industry. However, lack of proper lubrication and the inability of oils at the time of need can cause downtimes and might lead to significant loss in the industry.
Keeping the need for lubrication under consideration, it has become necessary to make sure that all the lubricants and related products are readily available. This is necessary to avoid hurdles in the hour of need as bulk oil storage makes it possible to make readily available all the necessary lubricants.
In the past, people used to store lubricants in drums of 55 gallons or more. At that time, it was considered to be the simplest and most efficient way of keeping the lubricants and delivering them wherever necessary.
However, storing the lubricants in the drums increased the risk of contamination and human error and caused other safety issues. Therefore, some other method was required where lubricants could be stored for a long time without any potential risk of contamination.
That is where the bulk storage system for lubrication played its active role to have a central location for all the lubricants. It also helps in reducing contamination and aids in the easy dispensing of lubricants. This blog post also highlights the importance and benefits of keeping the lubricants and other oils in bulk systems.
Previously lubricants were stored in drums, and drum labels were hard to read. This often made it difficult for the workers to locate a certain type of lubricant based on its name, viscosity, date code, manufacturer, equipment application, and so on.
Moreover, the labels on the drums easily faded, making it unreadable or unexplainable which lubricant was in that drum. All this difficulty in reading led to the usage of the wrong oil in the wrong type of machine. Therefore, such wrong applications led to costly and potentially dangerous safety issues and errors.
On the other hand, the bulk storage system uses color-coded options to make lubrication more visually intuitive and easier to read for everyone. They eliminate any guesswork from the maintenance process and also avoid any cross-contamination.
The labels on bulk storage systems are easy to read and consistently placed. The workers have to spend less time finding the right type of lubricant for a particular machine, and therefore, ensure that the right lubricant goes to the right machine at the right time.
A bulk lubrication storage system also reduces labor costs because it eliminates the continuous removal and replacement of the gallon drums. In a bulk storage system, less time is spent on such types of chores, and that reduces the labor cost significantly.
Contamination is the enemy of proper lubrication, and it is even more common in drum storage systems. Bulk storage lubrication systems avoid contamination because they are properly stored. Many people have this misconception that new oil is clean oil. However, this is not the case.
In the drum system, drums are sometimes left partially open, which are exposed to the environment and provide a breeding ground for contamination. Moreover, improper storage environments, temperature fluctuations, and exposure to moisture and dirt can cause significant contamination in the lubricants.
On the other hand, bulk storage systems provide a centralized hub for the proper storage of lubricants and avoid any kind of exposure to moisture and dirt. They are compliant with the cleanliness, and reliability and thus avoid any type of cross-contamination or environmental contamination.
A bulk storage system can provide better safety and reliability. It helps in using the correct type of lubricant in the correct machine due to the easily readable codes. Moreover, the reduced risk of contamination also makes it one of the best methods to keep your lubricants.
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