Here’s Why and When You Should Take Reference Samples of Lubricants Before They’re Put into Service […]
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.
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.
When Trico recently reviewed analysis findings from 3,000 gearbox oil samples, we found that as much as 75% of them were over the acceptable cleanliness standards.
Boiler feedwater pumps need to “breathe,” equalizing pressure when air expands and contracts due to temperature fluctuations or startup/shutdown situations. This breathing allows ingression of moisture and particulates.
If oil analysis is showing particulate or water contamination of your machine lubricant, one of the key places to look is the technical specs related to the equipment. The details of what’s in and on the machine often shed some light on possible contamination causes.