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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Best Lubrication Tips for Optimum Efficiency.

Here are the best lubrication tips to optimize your plant efficiency.

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In the face of ever increasing costing pressures companies across the globe are looking at ways to improve efficiency and cut costs.

In order to achieve this, plant managers are looking for ways to improve equipment reliability, optimize maintenance and reduce energy consumption.

Often they are doing so by challenging the status quo and experimenting with
new ideas. Retraining their staff to use effective lubrication techniques is proving to be an effective approach to improving efficiencies.

The Six “R”s best lubrication tips.

Using a superior lubricant will not prevent lubrication problems, nor will upgrading to new and improved equipment.

A comprehensive all inclusive strategy is what’s required. Ande here are six of the best Lube tips to achieve this.

The Right People to implement the lubrication program.

There are two groups of people critical to the lubricant team:
  • The employees implementing the plan and 
  • The lubricant supplier team that ensures proper training and brings outside expertise. 
  • There are many lubricant logistics suppliers, but few lubrication experts. A good lubricant supplier provides the expertise, training and tools you need to properly maintain your production line. They should also offer a comprehensive product line that fills all your lubrication needs. Plant managers should expect a comprehensive suite of services from their supplier to facilitate lubrication management. If your supplier does not offer products and services tailored to help you achieve best in class lubrication and maintenance practices, find one that does. 
The Right Time to replenish the lubricants. 

The old standard most plants use for lubrication intervals is time-based. Today’s plants use a mixture of new oils and greases, making dependence on time alone unreliable.

Let condition monitoring be the guide. There are many condition monitoring methods designed to optimize maintenance, such as oil analysis.

Condition monitoring methods help optimize performance and minimize maintenance costs. They also help maximize equipment uptime and subsequent production capacity by aligning maintenance activities to reduce the impact to production demands.

Know how to determine the Right Quantity of lubricant to use.

Plants need to determine how much lubricant is needed and be sure that lubrication best practices are properly implemented.

Dedicated lubrication management software is a powerful tool to schedule, supervise, and record a consolidated lubrication program. It complements oil analysis by collecting trend data and developing responsive lubrication schedules.

A typical large plant requires the plant lubrication team to track a complex schedule of lubricants and applications. Tracking usage can be an important indicator of developing problems or misunderstanding of lubrication procedures.

Select the Right lubricant for optimum efficiency.

Suppliers best equipped to meet requirements for diverse lubricating solutions are those offering a complete line of industrial lubricants, not just a “wide range” of products.

The full-line supplier must also be able to draw on functional additive technologies including anti-oxidant, anti-wear and extreme temperature additives.

Using the Right oil analysis to track the condition of the lubricant for optimum efficiency. 

A thorough oil analysis program can track critical wear-related characteristics of oil in service by comparing the results with previous reports and noting the trends.

This helps identify contamination, lubricant degradation, abnormal machine wear and problems with sampling.

It can also incorporate activities such as vibration analysis, infrared thermography and ultrasonic monitoring to transform a lubrication program from time-based to condition-based, eliminating unnecessary changes.

Recording the Right information to optimize efficiency and costs.

One of the most important practical tips to optimize lubrication costs and performance is to record all information relevant to an applications lubrication requirements:
  • Oil Specification. 
  • All oil analysis results and degradation over time. 
  • All costs (Including downtime, material and labour) involved with lube maintenance

Summary of the best 6 lubrication tips to optimize your plants efficiency.

Discovering where plants can be more efficient plays can result in significant savings in both maintenance costs and efficiency.

With an effective lubrication system, plant managers can achieve longer machinery life and reduce down-time between planned maintenance to improve production performance and bottom-line profitability.

Habot Synthetic Lubricants have both the expertise and the synthetic lubricants to help you cut your plants running costs and improve efficiency.