Productivity Pointers: Maintenance Best Practices – Part III

This is the last tip in a three-part series on maintenance best practices. So far, this series has examined the most common types of maintenance programs, how to build them, and what inputs to consider. This week, we’ll discuss how lubrication fits into the mix.

Supporting maintenance through a robust lubrication program

Okay, by now you should be asking, how do lubricants fit into this discussion?

The answer is you need to partner with your lubricant supplier and consider what type of maintenance you practice. This will help you determine what type of lubricants to use.

For example, if you practice:

  • Breakdown maintenance: You likely are most interested in the most price-competitive oils, though we would highly recommend you consider evolving your maintenance program to a more proactive solution. And, the higher quality lubricants you use, the better your operation will perform – even if you’re following breakdown maintenance practices.
  • Preventive maintenance (PM): You need to be using oils that help meet your PM schedule, including more advanced conventional oils or synthetic products. For example, if you’re in the gas engine industry, you need oils that can last until your next major servicing interval.
  • Predictive (PdM) and reliability centered maintenance (RCM): You are likely an innovator and an improver, and you already recognize that the quality of an oil may provide performance benefits, leading to lower overall maintenance expenses. For those reasons, you may already be using the most advanced lubricants available to help you achieve your more ambitious productivity goals.

No matter what type of maintenance program you follow, it’s critical to partner with your lubricant supplier, OEM and other maintenance partners to build a lubrication strategy that aligns with your maintenance philosophy.

I hope you found this tip series useful. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, and until next time!