Many companies use stationary and mobile filtration systems to enhance the reliability and performance of their machines and equipment. Reliability professionals must think beyond oil cleanliness and focus on developing a culture where priority is to achieve lubrication excellence. In order to develop a comprehensive reliability program, companies need to put together serious efforts starting from lubricants handling, storage, filtration and dispensing. Here are necessary steps that will help streamline lubrication management processes:
Choose the right oil and supplier
Lubricants were primarily developed to reduce friction of moving parts and ensure smooth operation. In the modern industrial environment, the scope of lubricants is more than that. One of the critical functions of a lubricant is to provide a thin film or a protective layer between moving components. The protective layer decreases the likelihood of damaging wear particles production and oxidation which can lead to accelerated deterioration and equipment failure. The moving components also produce heat which is dissipated by the lubricant.
Taking into account the functions of lubricants, it’s absolutely essential to use the right lubricants to ensure system reliability. Choosing the right supplier is even more important so that you can get premium quality lubricants and on-time delivery.
Handling and storage
The implementation of oil filtration systems or filter cart is a great step towards achieving plant sustainability. Whether you use an online or offline system, it’s important to use the appropriate tools to carry out handling and storage processes. When new oils are delivered at your facility, your maintenance team must follow standard procedures to store, filter, and dispense oils based on your requirements and needs.
Oil analysis and verification
An effective maintenance program includes all lubrication processes from delivery to dispensing. Oil analysis is a routine activity for evaluating the state of oil contaminations, overall oil health, and machine wear. The objective of an oil analysis program determines whether or not your equipment is operating as per your expectations.
If the oil analysis identifies any abnormal condition, you should take immediate steps to resolve the issue or to mitigate a developing failure. One of the fundamental reasons to perform oil analysis is to study the condition of the oil. Analyzing oil also reveals the condition of your machines.
There is no use of developing a maintenance strategy if you don’t have trained personnel to implement the strategy. Make sure everyone on your maintenance team understands the importance of following recommended oil storage, handling and dispensing practices. Continuous training and improvement will keep your maintenance experts informed on the latest trends and best practices. Having a training program in place will also help your new employees quickly learn about your lubrication strategy.
About Micro Lube
Micro Lube helps companies implement highly effective maintenance programs. Apart from technical assistance and on-site inspection, we provide lubrication, storage, handling, and dispensing products to a broad range of industries. We only supply products manufactured by great brands such as Y2K and Harvard. Browse through our website for more information or contact us to schedule an on-site inspection of your equipment!