Having reliable equipment demands a deep understanding of equipment failure modes and strategies to prevent them. There can be a multitude of factors that lead to equipment failure. It takes a strategic approach to improve equipment reliability. Changing parts before they fail can be a solution to prevent unexpected failures or predicting equipment failures can be a solution but it is only 50% accurate. No matter your strategy, you need to be proactive in order to achieve sustainable results. The following are some of the reasons why industries face difficulty in ensuring equipment reliability:
Improper lubrication is a leading factor that accelerates mechanical corrosion and wear which ultimately leads to premature failure of machines. If you don't have any maintenance program implemented in your facility, make sure you pay due attention to lubrication. Your company is already spending on lubrication, just make sure you have maintenance experts who understand how to do it right.
If you think lubrication is all about applying some grease or oil to diminish friction, you need to broaden your definition. Having a thorough knowledge of reliability and how an effective lubrication program can impact it is the first step towards achieving excellence. According to a report, more than 70% of equipment failures are directly or indirectly associated with poor lubrication management. In order to avoid premature mechanical wear and component failure, implement recommended lubrication practices.
Lubrication contamination is one of the major day-to-day maintenance problems. Do you think new oils are absolutely clean and free of all contaminants? The manufacturing process of the lubricants is the first possibility of contaminants entering the lubricants. The contaminants can also enter through seals making it necessary for equipment reliability experts to perform oil analysis and clean oils before making them a part of the equipment.
The lubricant additive package can also lead to corrosive damage. It is advisable to have someone in your team who understand the problems and have the skills to eliminate corrosion additives.
The industrial environments where poor lubrication practices are followed experience severe mechanical wear of components. Metal components rust rapidly due to particle contamination and use of substandard or wrong lubricants. It may seem superfluous to mention that mechanical wear takes place when machine surfaces rub against each other. Wear materials and dirt are some of the common contaminants that need to be removed from the system in order to ensure equipment reliability. These elements lead to three-body abrasion also called surface fatigue.
To actively eliminate all the causes of unreliability, focus on developing an effective lubrication program. If you are looking for a one-stop maintenance company in Edmonton where you can get technical assistance as well as a complete range of lubrication, oil filtration, storage, and dispensing solutions, contact Micro Lube where we are ready to serve your maintenance needs. Contact us for more information!