Manufacturing and engineering is a fast-moving and competitive world where companies attach higher expectations to their equipment. Production machines are getting smaller, while the market demands and challenges are becoming bigger. From developing an effective maintenance program to selecting the most efficient and appropriate lubricants, companies shouldn’t make mistakes when specifying components for their maintenance processes. As a manufacturer, you should consider the following aspects when selecting lubricants:
1. Cost vs quality
It might sound surprising that most businesses take the initial cost of lubricants as a single decision-making factor when making a purchase, while at the same time undermining the overall cost of selecting an inefficient lubricant. The hydraulics market explores the advantages of using high-quality lubricants, many companies select maintenance products based on their price while ignoring the long-term impact of their decision.
The reduced life span of machinery and lack of reliability are the consequences when plant managers fill their machines with low-quality oils. Therefore, it’s important to consider the long-term impact of selecting a lubricant. If your plant operates 24/7, downtime of a few hours can badly affect your bottom line.
2. Cost of equipment maintenance
Your equipment maintenance strategy can play a decisive role when selecting lubricants. If your facility operates injection-molding machines, it is critical to select the right hydraulic fluid. These machines are designed to produce high volumes of products, a small interruption in the production process can cost thousands of dollars. On top of that, these machines are expensive. Select the most appropriate hydraulic fluid and not the most inexpensive one. The cost of selecting the right fluid is just a fraction of the cost of your equipment.
3. Operational cost
Your equipment must be well maintained and lubricated in order to ensure optimum operating conditions. A number of operational issues can be avoided if you have a well-thought-out maintenance and lubrication strategy in place. On the other hand, selecting the wrong oil or poor maintenance practices will lead to excessive wear and tear, shortened pump life, increased downtime, and damage to the equipment. In other words, selecting the wrong lubricants will ultimately increase your operational costs.
The use of premium quality lubricants is essential when it comes to ensuring equipment reliability. These lubricants in service last two to three times longer than that of low-cost, low-quality. Lower friction and better heat transfer are two of the properties of high-quality lubricants.
Micro Lube helps companies achieve lubrication excellence through proven maintenance practices and products. Browse through our website to learn more about our premium quality lubrication products or contact us to schedule an on-site inspection of your equipment.