maintenance personnel working on equipment at refinery
Maintenance and operations often have a tense relationship. Both groups significantly impact an organization and its success. One cannot survive without the other. But, why is it common for maintenance and operations to bump heads? And what can be done to foster better working relationships?
Desiccant breathers are an excellent tool against water ingression; however, they do need to be replaced when spent to be able to protect your equipment from water issues. There are few tips to keep you on top of replacing desiccant breathers when needed.
Get a better understanding on monitoring particle counts, so you can take the appropriate corrective actions before machine failure occurs.
Lubricant contamination can happen in many unexpected ways, leading to costly downtime. Pay attention to threats not just at the equipment, but throughout the lubricant’s journey in your facility.
How, where, and when oil samples are extracted influence the integrity of your oil analysis data. Knowing the goals of oil sampling will help you understand why oil sampling is a vital and necessary function to the oil analysis process.
With surging demands and limited resources, you may not have enough time to grease each lubrication point. Many facilities are automating their lubrication process due to the host of benefits it offers compared to manual lubrication.
Proper lubrication is key when it comes to maintaining your equipment. Utilizing a color-coded system in your lubrication process can eliminate errors and ensures the "Right Product” is applied to the “Right Location”.
Transferring lubricants with dirty, used containers and universal funnels exposes your oil to all sorts of contamination and poses risks to critical equipment. Here are some examples of what not to do.
With everything else on your mind, you may not spend much time worrying about how and where you store equipment lubricants. But really, you should. Storing your lubricants properly is just as important as effectively maintaining any critical asset in your plant.
The unfortunate reality is that new oil often arrives in questionable condition. Out of 1,000 recent new oil samples we tested in our lab, 45% rated marginal or critical in terms of water or particulate contamination.