Contamination in oil or lubricated systems is a common phenomenon in the industrial world from power generation and mining to pulp and paper. There are two different challenging tasks when it comes to improving lubrication processes. First, understanding the cleanliness requirements while focusing on the most critical wear components. Second, selection and application of the appropriate oil filtration systems that can truly help industries reduce contamination and stress on their equipment. It is the need of every industry to implement the most cost-effective lubrication solutions to control the negative impact of oil contamination for operational efficiency.

Water and particulate contamination

There are many forms of contamination: water, air, particulate, wear debris, etc. These contaminants are the highest contributors to equipment failure as they account for as much as 80% of the mechanical wear. While various industries have witnessed significant improvements in their lubrication strategies due to increased awareness of oil conditioning, many companies still struggle to develop and implement basic lubrication processes.

In today’s competitive environment, it’s critical to increase productivity and ensure equipment reliability to meet growing market demands. Education, training, dedicated focus and a strategic approach will help many companies extend the useful life of their machines.

Whether you operate a plant in Canada or outside the country, the ingression of particulate contamination and moisture can’t be avoided, no matter whether your equipment utilizes lube or hydraulic oil. It’s important to understand that the cost of preventing contamination is lower than the cost to remove contaminants from a system. Therefore, it’s highly recommended to work towards preventive maintenance rather than reactive maintenance.

The function of an oil filter

The first oil filter device was invented by Ernest Sweetland in 1922. The device, which was named as “Purolator”, was initially designed for automobiles. Apart from the automobile industry, oil filtration systems have become an inseparable part of healthy equipment within a broad range of industries. Traditionally, oil filters come in a cartridge or canister design.

However, there are many variations when it comes to filter media, size, flow arrangements, dirt-holding capacity, etc. This is why it’s critical to select the right filtration systems and accessories that meet your oil cleanliness requirements with great ease and within budget. Moreover, don’t forget to consider your environmental conditions before making a purchase.


It can be tricky to choose the correct filtration system based on your applications, conditions, and environments. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all solution, which means you need to have an experienced maintenance team that can deal with such technical matters. Here are three fundamental steps to control contamination:

  • Set cleanliness targets
  • Take necessary actions to achieve targets
  • Keep track of oil cleanliness levels on a consistent basis

Needless to say that water and particulate contamination cause strains on critical equipment including changes in the oil that diminish its additives properties and effective lubricity. To prevent premature wear on moving components, lower productivity or equipment failure, you must focus on effective contamination control as a part of your preventive maintenance strategy.

About Micro Lube

Micro Lube is one of the largest suppliers of premium lubrication products required to effectively clean, handle, store, and dispense industrial oils. We also offer a range of Y2K oil filtration systems that are ideal for any environment. Browse through our products for more information!