Lubrication is a pivotal procedure, especially in the industrial sector. However, there are some issues that many industrial owners and managers face. There are ways to fix these problems or avoid them in the first place. Let’s see what these five common issues that relate to lubrication are, and what are their possible remedies.
1. Not following adequate procedures
Mostly, clients don’t have set procedures to monitor and manage their lubrication program. It does cause many problems because there is no set mechanism or system according to which the staff monitors the condition and life of the lubricant. If the lubricant crosses it’s lifespan, and due to lack of proper procedures for the lubrication program, the staff also doesn’t notice the need for change, the machinery can face damage.
The most straightforward remedy for this problem is to ensure the staff maintains documentation of every step or action they take that relates to the lubrication program. This way, everyone will know when they carried out an oil change or inspection. It enables them to take the necessary steps they need to take.
2. Sampling issues
Another big problem with lubrication is that it remains difficult for the staff to take the lubricant sample correctly. There are different sampling points from which they have to pick one. The sample collected from the right spot will give them the right picture of what condition the lubricant is in. The result of the analysis depends on the appropriateness of the sample taken through proper procedure and from the right sampling point.
There is a possibility of modifying the sampling points so that they can gather proper samples for the correct analysis.
3. Putting too much grease in bearings
If there is too much grease in a machine, it can also cause problems for the machine. It can even jam the components of the machine. There has to be precision and accuracy when putting in a lubricant or grease. When you talk about a bearing component, a specific volume of grease would be useful, and excess of it will jam it. The rest of the grease will be leaking and damaging other parts of the machine as well. It can also result in getting more contamination from outside the machinery or the specific component.
One effective remedy is to make sure you use only one standard type of greasing gun. It’ll make sure that there’s an equal volume of grease going into the machinery. It’ll result in the accuracy and appropriate volume of grease in every component. It‘ll prevent excessive amounts, leaking, and jamming of the bearing system.
4. Dust caps and OEM breathers causing contamination
The spots and areas where the name of the original manufacturers are placed don’t help the cause of protecting the oil and grease places from contamination. Usually, these spots are most vulnerable and allow dust and other types of contamination to enter the oil and contaminate it.
You may replace the substandard and low-quality OEM breathers with high end improved OEM breathers, which don’t allow contaminants to enter the oil.
5. Improper labeling of lubricants
If there’s no proper labeling on the machinery components, it confuses things a lot. There might be confusion about which lubricant to put in which of the parts. It can even cause severe problems for the machine. Mixing of different lubricants in one place can also be disastrous as well. Don’t be putting the wrong lubricant in the wrong place. Just imagine you put brake fluid in the compartment for the engine oil.
A remedy for that is to make sure there are proper labels wherever you require them to be. The labels must be visible and readable to avoid any confusion.
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