Have you achieved a level of lubrication practices that you would consider close to excellence? If not, you need to either upgrade your existing plan or develop a new lubrication strategy. The money you spend on purchasing lubricants is a tiny part of your plant’s maintenance budget. However, poor lubrication practices can end up costing you more than 30% of your total maintenance budget.
Technology is rapidly transforming industrial machinery. Lubricants are also changing to meet emerging requirements. Your lubrication strategy has a major impact on how reliable or efficient your machines are. The following are 10 simple ways to enhance the effectiveness of your lubrication strategy:
1. Understand your lubrication needs
Before you award your next supply contract for lubrication, do some research to truly understand your plant’s lubrication needs.
2. Set cleanliness targets
Identifying a machine's target cleanliness level is the start of developing a contamination control program. It’s important to assign a specific quantifiable number to each machine based on your operating environment, contaminant tolerance, and motivation for reliability.
3. Invest in reliability
Efforts made to bring about proper lubrication of your equipment will deliver results. Reliability-focused investments to create and implement a lubrication plan will provide high returns on your investment.
4. Build a winning team
While you can find several lubrication suppliers and maintenance companies that offer products and services to support precision lubrication, the success or failure of your lubrication efforts largely depends on your maintenance team. World-class lubrication technicians, procedures and lubricants are the most important components of top-notch lubrication programs.
5. Select the right lubricant
Selecting the right lubricants for your machines can considerably reduce your long-term costs. Applying the right oil at the right time and in the right quantity will lead to improved safety, reduced machine wear, longer lubricant life, and reduced power losses.
6. Adopt a proactive approach
When developed and applied the right way, a proactive maintenance strategy can dramatically improve lubricant service life. Using a proactive maintenance strategy can help you build a healthy environment for your assets by reducing the conditions that stress lubricants.
7. Measure your performance
While you focus on achieving lubrication excellence, it’s necessary to measure your performance using performance metrics. Accurately measuring how your lubricants are performing will help you keep on the right track.
8. Understand wear modes
According to a survey, more than 50% of machines stop being efficient due to degradation of mechanical surfaces. Corrosive, erosive, adhesive, abrasive, and fatigue-induced wear are some of the reasons why degradation occurs. Understanding how these wear modes develop and affect your equipment will help your maintenance team improve equipment reliability.
9. Make better use of filter carts
Portable oil filter carts are versatile tools that you can use for several lubrication applications: offline filtration, flushing during equipment commissioning, cleaning stored oils, flushing after machine repair, draining a sump or reservoir, etc. Make sure to make good use of your filter carts.
10. Develop lubrication procedures
There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to creating lube procedures which vary from technician to technician based on what they think is ideal or practical. Your personal choice can be different from industry-defined best practices.
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