The past few years have been a challenge in obtaining the necessary lubricants to maintain equipment. Because of this, it becomes increasingly important to optimize lubricants in use and currently in inventory to prevent depletion. By making a few adjustments to your processes you can preserve lubricant condition and improve longevity.
Never assume your new oil is clean. Always verify its condition with oil analysis to confirm viscosity, composition, and contamination levels. It'll confirm you received the correct oil and the next steps required to prepare it for application.
Learn how to obtain a multilayered oil sample from 55-gallon drums using a hand-held vacuum pump or a pipette style sampling tube.
The Journey of the Lubricant® is a series of stages, segregating your lubricant management program into 5 sequential steps during your lubricant's life on-site. Within these stages, dimensional sampling and oil analysis is key to maintaining the health of your lubricant.
Using Oil Intelligence to follow the lubricant's journey from arrival through its life cycle, you can see how every step offers an opportunity to implement practices that mitigate risks.
A dark, dingy, and cluttered “lube area” can be overwhelming and frustrating to search for the lubricant that you need to top-off your equipment. But a little organization and following FIFO inventory control methods will help you find the right product and ensure it is appropriate for use - saving you time and money.
Implementing a color-coding system into your lubrication program is one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to prevent adding the wrong lubricant to your equipment and preventing cross-contamination. Learn how to incorporate color into each stage of the Journey of the Lubricant® in this article.
Get a better understanding on monitoring particle counts, so you can take the appropriate corrective actions before machine failure occurs.
A Combined Cycle Power Generation plant adapts their lubrication and reliability program to address the various stages of the Journey of the Lubricant and realizes the full potential of a preventative lubrication and reliability program.
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.