Do you have an old lube room that is dirty, dusty and wet? Widespread cross-contamination, the absence of desiccant breathers, and the same pumps removing oil from all the drums are serious situations that demand drastic improvements. An ill-organized lube room not only presents safety hazards to workers but also makes it difficult to achieve plant reliability. It’s critical to have predefined methods for rotating the stock of oils and storing greases according to the best practices.
Is it advisable to have a number of isolated lube rooms in your facility? What are the benefits of establishing a single lube room? What are the best practices when you prefer to spread the lube rooms across your facility? No matter your preferences, it’s important to follow and incorporate recommended lubricant handling and storage practices.
It’s a successful strategy in most cases to have one large room coupled with much smaller rooms. This approach helps the maintenance team get the lubricants delivered to the main lube room and then distribute the oils to different locations.
The shelf life of lubricants is one of the major problems when it comes to storing oils for an extended period of time. Some facilities often store large oil quantities at different locations. You can’t keep the oil stored forever. One of the benefits of storing oils in the main room is the ease of observing storage limits and the due dates. First-in/first-out (FIFO) is a useful practice that leads to better inventory control. Reduced number of lubricants at the facility makes it simple and easy to verify and track deliveries.
Large facilities frequently use remote lockers that usually contain enough top-up oil for a week or a month. This strategy ensures that fresh lubricants are being used whenever needed.
Creating multiple lube rooms
It’s challenging to manage various scattered lube rooms across the plant. The process involves proper documentation, training for whoever is involved, inspections and preventive maintenance. It’s not practical to establish multiple lube rooms without having an experienced and well-trained maintenance team.
Equipment lubrication is considered a periodic practice in most industries. Professional lubrication experts and engineers perform lubrication-related activities. It’s essential for you to have a professionally managed lube room so you can meet perpetual requirements of equipment maintenance. Lube rooms are usually equipped with lubricants, oil filtration systems, storage and dispensing systems and other accessories required to perform regular maintenance work.
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