Reliability gains and reduced operating costs are two of the major benefits of having properly lubricated equipment. In most industrialized plants, reliability gains can help manufacturers improve operational efficiency, energy efficiency, product quality, environmental integrity, and customer service. If you want to make the most of your lubrication program, make sure to use the correct, equipment specific lubricants that are designed and filtered to achieve equipment life extension goals.
Most companies either partially understand or completely ignore that lubrication quality, design, and additives are essential design principles of industrial equipment. In today’s competitive environment, the demand for plant reliability and advanced machines that can operate under heavier loads and at higher speed is on the rise. From promoting asset uptime and smoothly operating machines, clean and correct lubricants play a key role in your business growth.
Here are some quick tips to improve your lubrication processes:
Avoid common lubrication mistakes
One of the common mistakes maintenance technicians make is assuming they fully understand the operating environment and machines without carrying out the basic research. Every plant is different and has unique requirements in terms of workflows and processes. Before your maintenance team performs maintenance tasks, make sure they develop a thorough understanding of your equipment. Your newly hired technicians might take some time to understand your facility and equipment.
Another mistake is blindly following information from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). For example, information about filtration of lubricants and viscosity may not be accurate considering how your equipment is operated and where it’s located. Therefore, it’s important to train your staff on how to adjust according to the environment and operating conditions.
While a reactive approach can help your facility recover from an equipment malfunction, you should focus on developing a preventive maintenance strategy that comprehensively covers lubrication processes.
Prevent lubrication contamination
Lubrication cleanliness must be a key component of your preventive maintenance or condition monitoring program. Contaminants can come from several sources. New lubricants can also contain contaminants. The absence of an effective lubricant storage plan is one of the leading causes of industrial oil contamination. Moreover, poor use of application equipment and maintenance practices can lead to dirty oils. Therefore, develop a system to avoid contamination from storage to application. Labeling and color coding your lubricants by type and equipment application is an effective step towards achieving lubrication excellence. All of your employees who handle lubricants must understand from where contaminants can come from.
Optimize your lubrication program
There’s always room for improvement no matter how organized and prepared you are to deal with equipment reliability issues. Analyze your existing lubrication program to identify areas which can be improved. If you’re not sure how to optimize your maintenance and lubrication processes, feel free to reach out to a full-service maintenance company.
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