The process to remove dirt from oil involves considerable cost which can be hundreds of thousands of dollars per year if you own or manage a large plant or fleet operating in a not-so-clean environment. You might consider it optional to clean the oil before making it a part of your equipment. It’s possible to achieve oil cleanliness at affordable rates. Here is what you can do to effectively manage lubrication filtration cost:
1. Stop particle ingression
Filters don’t last long when they get plugged with particles. So, it’s important to identify the particle ingression pathway. Your equipment needs clean oil; particles are not constituents of lubricants. Carry out an inspection to find out how a 10-micron particle can penetrate into the lubricating fluid. Once you identify the free-pass entry points, take steps to block them to stop the ingress.
2. Select filterable oil
Filterability is defined as the ability of clean oil to pass through a filter without plugging or clogging. Additives used in the formulation significantly influence the filterability of hydraulic oils. In the past, industries weren’t used to pay much attention to the filterability of industrial oils. You can consider testing the filterability of your fluids, especially if you filter at five microns or below. Your new oils may be nonfilterable even if they are relatively clean. Organic impurities and metal soaps that lead to premature filter plugging are a couple of factors that cause impaired fluid filterability.
Old oils typically contain a high concentration of very small particles that stay undetected by standard microscopic analysis. Your filters can get clogged by these small particles due to the inability of the filters to remove them. An oil change can be an economically viable solution in such situations. Moreover, filter media fibers can absorb water which shortens a filter’s life.
3. Choose economy filtration system
There is a difference between economic oil filtration and economy filters. The term economic filtration refers to the systems and operating conditions such as pressure, flow density, filter location, use of multiple filters, etc. On the other hand, economy filters relate to considerations such as media type, filter size, dirt-holding capacity, etc. Here are some considerations that will help you improve filtration economy:
- Low-pressure filters offer the same dirt-holding capacity as spin-on filters
- Low-collapse filters are more cost-effective options
- Oversized filters may offer high dirt-holding capacity but they cost less
- You can arrange filters to locate them upstream of heat exchangers to extend their service life.
4. Change filters on time
It’s recommended to change a filter on time to protect your machines and oils. However, you shouldn’t change a filter earlier as it will waste resources. The cost to change oil can be 10 times the cost of oil considering the labor costs. So, change filters on time or when needed.
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