September 10, 2019
Progressive companies’ maintenance departments have gone through radical advancements and changes over the past few years. If you perform maintenance on your plant equipment just like the way you were performing 10 years ago, you should consider updating your maintenance processes.
While increasing raw material and energy costs force companies to reduce their overall operating costs, it has become hard for companies to remain competitive without increasing plant availability and reliability. The growing global economy makes organizations jump into implementing modern maintenance solutions.
If done right, these solutions generate immediate returns on investment. It is reported that, in many cases, new maintenance technologies fail to produce the desired results.
Maintenance and lubrication experts have been helping companies receive benefits of implementing effective lubrication programs. Equipment reliability is one of the benefits you can get by paying due attention to your lubrication strategy. Improved risk-safety, energy efficiency, reduction in operating costs and plant availability gains are also notable benefits of investing in relevant and efficient lubrication technologies.
Despite the awareness and availability of cost-effective maintenance tools like filters and filtration systems, many companies remain reluctant to understand the paramount significance of an effective lubrication program which involves 5 ‘Rs’: the right product, the right location, the right amount, at the right time, and by the right professional. Apart from 5 ‘Rs’, ensuring oil cleanliness is a critical factor that plays a decisive role in the success or failure of a lubrication program.
To effectively implement lubricant-related activities within your facility, take lubrication as an integral business process. You can’t separate maintenance from other business tasks and treat them as an extra task. In other words, make maintenance an inseparable part of your work culture. Performing a review to enhance the effect of developing and integrating controlled maintenance activities within your plant can dramatically improve your operational efficiency. Here is what you need to review:
The information related to critical equipment, maintenance procedures, and lubrication technologies should be up-to-date and accurate. This is the start of a healthy lubrication program. You have to evaluate these issues before defining your long-term reliability goals or what you want your lubrication program to achieve in the long run. If you’re unable to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your lubrication efforts, conduct a thorough assessment of your lubrication program and compare your findings to the industry best practices.
The lubricants you select for your equipment should maintain specific physical chemical, and cleanliness requirements. Oil sampling and testing is vital when it comes to validating the condition of the lubricant throughout its life cycle from delivery to application.
When choosing or evaluating a lubricant or oil filtration systems supplier, you should question the quality control program implemented by the lubricant manufacturer. Also, sampling new oils and testing them before dispensing will help you determine the quality of your lubricants. You can use innovative tools like Harvard filter carts and filtration systems to keep your oil clean.
Harvard Filtration provides a variety of oil filtration solutions to help companies keep their lubricants clean. Contact us for more details!