Most companies treat lubrication processes as trivial matters. As a matter of fact, grease-lubricated components lead to many tragedies around the world. From unexpected downtime and higher maintenance costs to personal safety risks, poor lubrication practices can create many problems down the road. It’s time for you to stop considering grease as a simple substance that is pumped randomly into equipment.
Organizations that understand the importance of a systematic and carefully planned greasing process successfully ensure the optimum performance of their equipment and safe operation of assets. Here are the steps necessary to ensure safe and effective grease lubrication:
Select the right grease
Lack of knowledge, skills, and experience leads maintenance personnel to believe that grease is just grease. If your maintenance team follows the same philosophy, your grease-lubricated equipment is likely to face a plethora of problems. Oversimplified instructions from your equipment manufacturer does not justify the careless use of grease. If you want to achieve equipment reliability and smooth production operations, select the right grease which has the required base oil type, NLGI grade, proper base oil viscosity, thickener, and additive package.
Learn where, when and how to apply
In some cases, it’s easy to determine where and how to apply grease. However, it’s not a straightforward process to apply the grease at the right time, in the right amount, and at the right place using the right technique. Start with studying the manual or inspect all parts of the machine to identify greasing points. All application points may not be obvious or require special tools to carry out the application. It’s challenging to achieve sufficient coverage of the threads. To overcome hurdles, create well-thought-out lubrication procedures.
Select optimal frequency
Many maintenance programs are reported to deal with grease lubrication frequency as a matter of convenience. Selecting generic frequency and applying lubricants equally to all machines is not a good practice. Take into account the conditions of each machine and how rapidly a specific grease becomes contaminated or degrades and then select the optimal frequency accordingly. The one-size-fits-all strategy doesn’t work when it comes to lubrication; each machine demands a different type of lubrication strategy in order to perform optimally.
Measure lubrication effectiveness
After selecting the right grease, time, quantity and frequency, monitor the effectiveness of your lubrication strategy. Even if you’re doing everything right, it’s necessary to evaluate and adjust as required. Ultrasonic monitoring is a technique to test lubrication effectiveness. You can optimize the output of your lubrication efforts by determining the amount of grease needed to restore the bearing to the correct lubricated condition.
About Micro Lube
Micro Lube offers premium quality chain and conveyor lubricants and maintenance systems. As one of the top suppliers of lubrication and maintenance products in Canada, we strive to help organizations achieve lubrication excellence. Contact us for more information!