Industries don't buy industrial lubricants in small quantities. Preferably and more realistically, they buy lubricants in bulk and store them using a professionally designed bulk oil storage system. However, several avoidable mistakes can be harmful to lubricants. You cannot afford to repeat these mistakes if you need your stored lubricants to remain in perfect condition regardless of the time frame.
Using Containers With Contamination
People store lubricants in any container they can get their hands on. Whatever is in the container will become part of the lubricant. It is critical to ensure there is no contamination in the container. They need to be dry, clean, and free of any pollutants and contaminants.
Commonly, people don't emphasize the cleanliness of oil containers. Consequently, they are careless when selecting the containers to store the oil. It costs them heavily as the lubricant gets contaminated and may also damage the machinery they lubricate.
Keeping The Containers Outside
Keeping the containers of industrial lubricants in an outdoor setting will cause damage to the lubricants. Lubricants remain safer and in good condition when you store them in an indoor, dry, and safe place.
The weather conditions and other elements like rain, wind, and heat may damage the lubricants. As the temperature changes, the air inside the containers also varies. This variation causes the containers to suck in moisture when cooling down. This moisture can deteriorate the lubricants' condition by oxidizing them even before they are in use.
The most suitable place to store your lubricants is inside where it is dry and has a moderate temperature, not too cold or hot.
Ignoring Transparent Containers With Coloured Lids
If you do not use transparent containers with colored lids on top, cross-contamination and mixing two different lubricants are likely to happen quite often. Varying colors will help you identify different types of industrial lubricants for various purposes and uses. Transparent containers will allow you to look at your oils and see the changes in the appearance.
Using the type of containers mentioned above enables you to have a proper, manageable, and efficient bulk oil storage system. It helps you enhance oil storage effectiveness and protects the oil from contamination, damage and mixing with other oil types.
Forgetting To Put Fill Marks On The Machinery
Sometimes you may not put the fill marks on the machine, resulting in the incorrect lubricant quantity in the machine. This can cause wear and tear or at least slow down the performance of the machinery.
Over lubrication and under-lubrication both can be harmful to the machinery. It is crucial to have identification marks on the machinery to know how much lubricant must be there. It also facilitates the management to monitor the oil levels as the machine consumes it. It enables the staff members to notice an unexpected drop in the lubricant level and immediately take adequate action to avoid further loss.
Not Able To Flush Out Properly
When the oil in a machine gets contaminated, you need to flush it out completely and correctly. Using a hose or a pump is highly recommended. If you don't have either of these two, then flushing out the line is the only option. You must keep in mind that flushing out involves double the machine's actual oil volume. For instance, if there are 10 liters of oil in a machine, you must flush out 20 liters of the product to flush it properly. Doing this will ensure all the contamination is successfully flushed out.
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