It is not difficult to understand why machines need appropriate kind of oil in the right amount to avoid failure. However, this is not enough to ensure optimum performance. If you don't have a sound plan to keep oil clean, your oil could be operating well below its potential efficiency. Here is what you can do it enhance your lubrication strategy from minimally effective to highly effective:
Filter new oil
When we hear the word ‘new’, we think of products that are unlikely to have any performance issues - like a mobile phone still in the box. We can’t treat new oil like a brand new product with zero defect. The production process which involves blending and packaging can introduce a significant quantity of abrasive materials turning oil into a product that should be cleaned before use. In order to determine how much filtration your new oil is required to meet your expectations, take a sample and put it through a test.
You can clean your oil by simply attaching a recommended filtration system to your storage drums. Incremental improvements in lubricant quality can be achieved by actively testing new lubricants and providing constructive feedback to your supplier. It is always a collaborative effort to achieve lubrication excellence.
Set cleanliness goals
You must set target cleanliness levels reflecting your goals. There are some general instructions that you can follow if you haven't yet defined your goals. For particles; filter to a size of 3 microns for bearings, hydraulics, and circulating systems; and 6 microns for gearboxes. For moisture; go below 50 ppm for highly critical machinery, and set for below 100 or 150 parts per million for low criticality machinery. Moreover, you can consult a maintenance company to help you set an effective and reliable oil filtration strategy.
Store oil the right way
Once your oil is cleaned to the desired level, the efforts to keep it that way starts immediately. The first and the most important consideration is to find the right place to store the oil. It is crucial to avoid particulate contamination as oil contamination is one of the major causes of component failure. Expensive repair costs, downtime, and machinery failure can be avoided by maintaining a high level of oil cleanliness. Store oil in a temperature-controlled area or use proper drum covers to avoid air contact. It is not recommended to store oil outside where drum can rust and contaminate the interior. Moreover, minimize the presence of any contaminant in the area where oil is stored.
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