The proper conservation of lubricants like oil and grease is critical to a wide range of industrial applications. Not only will it ensure your systems run properly, it will also provide significant cost savings. In this blog, we will discuss five practices that will ensure your lubricants stay up to the task for a long time.
1. Oil Analysis
Oil analysis, a common practice in nearly all manufacturing industries, has proven helpful in reduction of oil usage and maintenance of production equipment. One parameter that distinguishes between new and used oil is the health of the lubricant. Observing this can determine how clean the oil is compared to the target range. An important part of oil analysis is to do it consistently, draw the samples properly, and quickly address any issues that may arise. For example, if you only analyze the oil once a year, you will not be able to detect minor problems before they become significant.
2. Oil Storage and Organization
The proper storage, labeling, and transfer of oil is just as critical as oil analysis. Putting the wrong type of oil into a machine can be just as detrimental as leaving contaminated oil in a machine. To avoid this, lubricant should be organized by color coding various fluids so they can be easily identified. A further option is creating a chart to list all fluids, their color codes, and other important information. Doing either or both of these will greatly lower the risk of operators misusing oil.
3. Grease and Oil Filtration
Filtration and oil sampling & storage go hand in hand. Regular filtering of oils of both particles and water will help maintain the life of gears in critical machinery. Keeping filtration targets consistent with requirements may allow your lubricants to last much longer than expected, potentially saving thousands of dollars er year. Filtering drums of new oil before using them is a positive first step.
4. Automated Lubrication Systems
Automated lubrication systems can be a huge help in conserving grease and oil. By using a pump, controller, and metering device specifically tailored to a piece of machinery, operators can control the amount of lubricant needed per lube point. This will ensure lubrication is being done properly and at the correct intervals.
5. Dedicated Lubrication Specialists
Lastly, having a team of dedicated specialists overseeing lubrication is key in conserving lubricants. Trained personnel can fix lubrication system leaks, filter fluids in machines daily, take oil samples, monitor the results, and actively maintain equipment to ensure its long term function.
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