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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.
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When too little oil sample volume is submitted to an oil analysis lab it prevents the lab from performing all the necessary tests required to analyze the lubricant condition. This causes delays in receiving your results as well as time and money wasted.
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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?
One of the most important aspects of an oil analysis program is the sampling of the oil. The method and tools used to take an oil sample will dictate how informative the oil sample will be and, subsequently, how beneficial the results will be.
A major chemical plant was changing oil in one of their blowers every 4 months. By utilizing oil analysis and eliminating contamination through filtration they were able to drastically extend their oil change intervals, saving maintenance time and costs.
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.
The way oil samples are labeled, packaged, and mailed plays an important role in the speed and effectiveness of your results. Follow these simple dos and don'ts to improve your oil sampling submission method.
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.
If you only perform maintenance procedures when you need to, based on data and science, you stand to save time and money.