Competent managers and maintenance technicians put great emphasis on oil cleanliness. Most companies don’t pay due attention to oil cleanliness and its role in keeping industrial equipment in good working condition for a long period of time. Unprecedented technological advancements and evolving trends make it mandatory for companies to prioritize equipment reliability. This is why better asset performance has become a top goal of effective maintenance strategies.
Understanding oil cleanliness
Oil cleanliness has been a neglected subject because it is considered an unnecessary or out of sight maintenance component. Businesses, which operate in a competitive market where profit margins are small, understand how important it is to produce high-quality products while keeping production costs low.
Lubricants are used for the purpose of heat transfer, surface protection, lubrication, surface cleansing, and power transmission. The lubricant film provides defense against degrading forces. Oil inherently gathers dirt, dust, and contaminants unless it is fully protected against external elements. One of the prime responsibilities of maintenance personnel is to prevent oil contamination through various oil filtration systems and clean-handling practices.
It is essential to have a high-quality filter in place in order to filter contaminants that may be part of your oils when first delivered to your facility. Whether your plant receives oil in drums, pails, or bulk deliveries, having a filter system in place will help you keep the oil clean during each transfer.
A traditional oil cleanliness program
The structure of an oil cleanliness program can vary based on the needs of your plant. However, a traditional oil cleanliness program will include the following steps:
1. Analyze the system
The first step is to collect data on criticality, operating conditions, type of oil and usage, downtime, repair costs and wear particles. It is advisable to use both outside oil analysis for wear debris and particle counts and onsite testing such as the patch test.
2. Set operational and performance goals
You can use the equipment manufacturer’s recommendations and industry standards to set your oil cleanliness goals. To set realistic targets, compare current ISO fluid cleanliness codes with target ISO cleanliness.
3. Develop a strategy to achieve goals
Oil filter manufacturers can guide you on how to establish a cost-effective strategy by utilizing filtration equipment at an optimum level. Keep your oil filtration system up and running whenever required to minimize particle ingression at each stage. You can compare the current costs of having clean oil with the downtime and repair costs to calculate return on investment.
About Micro Lube
Micro Lube is a leading maintenance company in Canada where we deliver premium quality lubrication and oil filtration systems to help companies achieve equipment reliability and improve their bottom line. Whether you are looking to schedule an on-site equipment inspection or need reliable lubrication products, Micro Lube is ready to serve your maintenance needs. Contact us for more information!