Maintenance professionals can find plenty of information about lubrication best practices online. Your maintenance team must understand the significance of implementing good reliability programs or how selecting the right filtration systems can improve the service life of your hydraulic and lubricating oils. Industries often don’t pay due attention to proper application of a system based on conditions.

What should you consider when selecting a filtration system which can meet the needs of your machines? This blog post will highlight some important lubrication aspects which will help you purchase your next filtration system. Let’s get down to factors that will help you choose the right system for your application:

Application

From power plants to mining, there is a diverse range of industrial applications of oil filtration systems. First of all, you have to study your system requirements to make well-informed decisions. Go through a process that highlights what works for your specific application; whether your application requires a standard system or a more custom solution. Environmental concerns, space and system requirements play a key role in this regard.

Oil type

Oil type is also a critical aspect when it comes to selecting and applying a filtration system. There are many types of lubricants ranging from light to heavy grades; and there is no single solution for all ISO grades. If your operation involves more grades of oil, it becomes critical to prevent cross contamination. It’s advisable to group oil grades into categories: light, medium, and heavy. Before switching from one fluid to another of different viscosity, implement proven flushing procedures.

Temperature

Temperature is an unpredictable factor that leads to many uncertainties when sizing filtration systems. For example, you might need filtration systems that can operate efficiently in colder conditions where temperature can impact the viscosity of oil. With large flow systems or heavy grades of oil, it becomes difficult to filter the oil properly as the environment puts stress on the system’s ability to pass the fluid through the pump, filters and hoses.

Size of the reservoir

The reservoir or sump size should play a key part in selecting which system can be used to produce the desired results. Selecting pump flow size depends on temperature, oil type, and the size of the reservoir. While your filtration system might handle the high temperatures, colder temperatures can create problems. Your filtration systems must ensure oil cleanliness no matter the environment or how quickly you need your oils to be filtered. The rate at which contaminants are produced should be lower than the rate at which contaminants are removed through oil filtration systems.

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