If you want your lubrication program to work effectively and provide maximum return on investment, then you have to consider the whole gamut of lubrication. You have to pay proper attention to the program from its receiving to the application. There are many missed opportunities throughout this whole process, which if utilized can increase the equipment productivity and maximize the returns on your investments.
Many industries and facilities are unaware of the danger improper lubricant storage and handling can bring and how it can affect the equipment’s reliability and lifespan. Proper lubrication is not only about the right amount at the right time at the right place, but it is also about keeping lubricants clean, cool, and properly identified. Industrial lubricants are dangerous and hazardous; they need proper handling and storage in order to protect the whole facility from any mishap. In this blog post, we will outline the best practices for the proper handling and storage of lubricants.
If you want a successful lubrication program, you will need a properly designed lube room. A fully functional, expandable, and safe lube room is important for the popper handling of lubrication. The lube room will provide all the necessary handling and storage requirements that you will need to run a successful lube program.
The lube room should be designed in such a way that it is able to provide maximum storage capacity without allowing for too much bulk oil and grease storage. By limiting the amount of bulk oil and grease storage you will be able to use the oils in a timely manner.
While designing your lube room there are few important features that you should consider such as limited access doors. This type of door will tell you when a lube technician enters and leaves the room. There should be visible landing areas for the new lubricants which will allow you to log all new lubricant deliveries. And lastly, the lube room should have enough space for fireproof storage cabinets.
Quality control is one of the most important factors that make a lubricant program successful. So, your lubricants should be checked and verified when delivered by lubricant suppliers. This will ensure that the products you received are the original ones. This will also help you to ensure that the cleanliness of your lubricants is up to mark. The best way to ensure that your lubricants are meeting the standards is through using tool oil analysis. Oil analysis is a powerful tool and reveals the following things about lubricants.
- Quality of base stocks
- Additive quality and concentration
- Lubricant performance properties
- Thickener performance properties (grease)
Bulk Oil Storage
Most of your attention should be given to bulk storage because most contamination happens due to improper bulk storage. Whether you are storing your lubricants in a 20,000-gallon tank or in a 55-gallon drum you need to make sure the quality of your products is not tainted by contamination. To ensure that the lubricants stay in optimum condition, you will need to determine how much lubricant should be stored at one time.
Here are a few steps that can be employed to help you aid this process.
- Determine the lubricants consumption rate. In order to ensure that the right amount of lubricant is being stored at the facility, you will have to determine its consumption rate. The consumption rate will depend on the industry and equipment, other factors such as leaks and excessive drain will also contribute to the consumption.
- The next step is to determine the storage capacity. The amount of required storage capacity will depend on the consumption of the lubricants. When there is proper storage capacity it will maximize the shelf life and will also allow a certain amount of excess lubricants to be stored for emergency situations.
- Then you will have to determine the lubricants supplier turnaround time. The turnaround time of lubricant suppliers should be a metric in helping determine the number of lubricants stored. Because if there is a long time interval between deliveries then you could run into a shortage of products.
The aforementioned steps will help ensure the best bulk oil storage resulting in a successful lubrication program.
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