It is a well-known fact established within the lubrication industry that over 50 percent of all mechanical failures are consequences of poor lubrication practices. In a competitive environment where investors want maximum return on their investment, lubrication strategy should be given due attention. If developed and executed in a professional manner, an equipment maintenance strategy will improve operational efficiency while helping you maintain a competitive edge.
When it comes to maintaining and improving your industrial equipment, there are many companies which struggle to implement a comprehensive lubrication program. When you successfully eliminate poor lubrication practices, your company will experience considerable financial savings as financial losses are often associated with inadequate lubrication programs. Therefore, it is critical to address every aspect of lubrication. Just focusing on one area will not produce the results you are looking for.
So how can you develop an effective lubrication program? The following are some key steps that will help you update and implement an effective program:
In-depth benchmarking process
The first step is to find out where your lubrication program currently stands in order to determine its future direction. To achieve this, an in-depth benchmarking process analysis should be carried out to analyze your current efforts as compared with the best lubrication practices. It is important to develop a deep understanding of what the best industry practices are. Start with a clear picture of where you stand now and where you want to be in the future. Exploit your financial resources, dedication and a clear vision to undergo a successful transition.
Inspections and modifications
It is important to inspect every lubrication point and take the necessary actions that can range from routine inspections to equipment modifications. Based on the equipment type, criticality, reliability needs, and other potential benefits, develop a comprehensive and specialized procedure for each lubrication point. These procedures will help you modify equipment for contamination control and provide standards for oil analysis. This practice is also helpful for lubrication technicians and other maintenance staff.
Make sure that the right lubricant is being used at each lubrication point. Proper viscosity selection, performance properties, frequencies, volumes, and lubrication type are some of the important factors that should be considered while selecting the right lubrication product.
Storage and handling
Once your staff develops a clear understanding of lubrication identification, the next step is to implement the right storage and handling practices. Proper handling and storage are key components of an effective lubrication program. If you are unable to take the lubrication from the storage to the application point without contaminating it, the rest of your lubrication efforts will go vain. This is why it is important to have a proper lube room equipped with filter carts, dispensing equipment, filtration systems and a clean environment.
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