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It is that time of year to think about budget planning and investing in your lubrication program. It can be the single greatest factor in decreasing unplanned downtime. It also provides the greatest ROI. It doesn’t matter where you are in your lubrication program, as long as you continue to plan to improve it incrementally, you’ll see these benefits. Let’s look at how to achieve this and how it relates to budget planning.
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Too often we see customers dive into change without any formal planning in place, providing little or no positive results. In our experience, the most effective approach has been to take a step back, assess the current state of your program, identify gaps in your process, and determine the elements critical in achieving your company’s goals. This allows you to outline a holistic approach to lubrication that incorporates a short, medium, and long-term plan aligned with your current staffing levels, budget, and operation performance metrics. There are many ways to put time back on the clock and run reliably.
A true representative sample is a key first step in obtaining quality information from your oil analysis program. Obtaining those samples with consistency and ease can be done with the installation of pitot tubes. But how do you properly install them?
If you’re among the many industrial professionals who still view critical equipment lubricants as mere consumables – commodities to which you give little thought other than price – consider this: Poor lubrication causes as much as 60% of all equipment failures.