When it comes to adding oil to machines, there should be an increased focus on utilizing appropriate oil cleanliness procedures and oil transfer equipment. The type of tools to be used for adding oil to machinery is one of the top concerns among industry experts - the use of plastic or metal funnels for oil transfer is a typical problem that must be avoided at all costs.
Funnels that are used again and again collect dust particles as they are usually kept in utility vehicles and lockers. When using a funnel, always use high-quality disposable types that can be discarded after each application. Apart from that, open-top and galvanized containers can also create oil cleanliness issues.
Galvanized transfer containers usually consist of a zinc coating for steel protection. When transferring oil into the galvanized container, the oil additives get attached to the vessel and detach themselves from the oil. Open-top containers permit pollutants present in the air to pollute the oil before it’s even transferred into the machine.
It’s best to utilize sealable and reusable S&R containers, which come in various sizes and styles to fit your individual oil transfer needs. In addition to the precautions mentioned above, follow these instructions on adding oil to machines effectively.
Identifying The Right Lubricant
First of all, it’s vital to identify which lubricant to use and ensure it matches the device being topped up. After selecting an appropriate transfer container, make sure that it’s neat and clean before filling. After all, you wouldn’t want to take filtered oil from a bulk oil storage system and add it into an S&R container that has been kept for some time with a lid off collecting moisture or dirt.
Avoid utilizing the same container for storing oils in your facility. After filling your container, ensure sealing it properly and closing the spout. Any oil spilled on the outside of the container should be wiped clean right away. Finally, determine the amount of oil required by your machine, which will let you know how much oil you’ve added to the device and how much is lost during the process.
Before adding oil into your equipment, ensure that the entire place and tools are free of pollutants that might enter the system after it’s opened. Don’t forget to verify that the tag present on your equipment corresponds to the tag present on your S&R container. Using the wrong lubricant or causing cross-contamination can be calamitous to your equipment.
When adding oil into the machine, open the fill port slowly, and watch for potential pollutants like dirt, dust, and debris that might enter the system. Adjust the container’s spout with the equipment’s fill porthole, avoid making contact, and begin the oil transfer process slowly. Observe the oil level indicator closely to know how much oil is added and how much you still need to add.
Oils move slowly due to their increased viscosity, so you need to let the oil level catch up and avoid overfilling the equipment. After achieving the desired oil level, stop filling your machine, and close the spout on your container. Make sure the lube tag is still visible and in working order.
Take a good look at the workstation and clean up any tools, oil mats, and rags. Don’t forget to wrap up any locks or permits before moving to the next equipment.
Documenting the Process
Make sure you record the entire oil transfer process and the correct amount of oil added to your machine for future reference. This crucial information will prove vital when you perform the next oil analysis. Besides that, clean all containers and keep the identification tags intact and visible. After that, return the S&R containers to their designated place.
After adding the required amount of oil to your machine, always revisit your equipment after an hour to monitor the oil level, machine functionality, possible leakage, or anything else important you might have missed earlier. Finally, if you see any fluctuations in the oil levels, it may be because your machine was in motion during the oil add-up process.
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