Many people think that new oils are clean and that there is no need to filter them. While most industrial lubricant manufacturers claim to make premium quality products, it’s the manufacturing and handling process that contaminates new oils.

Moving lubricants from manufacturers’ tanks to your machines is a multi-step process. It’s important to examine each step to determine where contaminants come from. For example, at what point does moisture or dirt enter the supply chain? Preventive maintenance experts understand the importance of clean oil and how to ensure oil cleanliness. Meaningful cooperation among the end-users and lubricant suppliers can help companies ensure lubrication excellence.

Suppliers deliver lubricants in various ways: bulk shipments from the lube plant to the customer, drums/pails filled at the plant and delivered by distributors, or drums/pails filled at the distributor and delivered. If we take the manufacturing process out of the equation, lubricant storage and handling processes can still affect oil cleanliness.

As an end-user, your job is to maintain oil cleanliness from storage to dispensing. Lubricants can become dirty rather quickly if you don’t implement proper handling, storage and dispensing strategies. Without proper handling, the efforts of your supplier to deliver clean oil will go down the drain.

Bulk tanks in which oil is stored are not fully sealed systems. They collect dust and road grime from travel if hoses aren’t properly sealed. Therefore, the oil must be filtered when it enters or exits tanks. Properly covered tanks with adequate breather can prevent moisture and other contamination from entering the oil during transportation.

Using Oil Filter Carts To Ensure Oil Cleanliness

Offline filtration is a proven way of keeping your oil clean without interrupting the operation of the equipment. Lubricant technicians can also use a filter cart to clean oil periodically. A filter cart enables the technician to take the oil from a dirty sump, filter it and return it to the sump. The tank volume must pass through the filter several times to overcome the dilution effect.

Oil filter carts are a portable method that can be used to filter various types of new and used oils when transferring oil from storage to machines. When it comes to achieving an effective lubrication program, you can’t overlook the significance and benefits of oil filter carts.

One of the features of oil filter carts is that you can customize them to fit your plant’s requirements and uses. Many dependable filter carts come with a warning system that indicates the need for servicing. Some of the benefits of using oil filter carts include:

  • Transferring oils to storage and machines
  • Cleaning stored oils
  • Achieving lubrication cleanliness standards
  • Decontaminating oils without interfering with equipment operation
  • Oil drainage


Oil cleanliness must be a key component of your overall maintenance strategy. While it makes sense to demand cleaner oil, don’t forget to address issues associated with oil cleanliness within your facility. Make sure to set practical cleanliness goals and develop a strong preventive maintenance strategy to reduce downtime.

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