As mentioned last week, cleaning oil isn’t as easy as you may think. It requires a series of steps throughout the lubricant lifecycle—including proper storage and handling, following lubricant dispensing and filtration best practices, and conducting routine used oil analysis.
Here are the things you must consider in maintaining oil cleanliness.
Lubricants become vulnerable to contamination during storage, and especially when moved around. Even a sealed container is susceptible to the both particle and water contamination as air temperature around the container rises and drops.
In order to reduce contamination during storage, review the steps of the following:
One important step in achieving and maintaining oil cleanliness is proper lubricant dispensing. Operators should exercise these dispensing and servicing practices:
Proper filtration is another important factor in maintaining oil cleanliness.
A productive operation starts with a clean system, and lubrication is at the forefront of helping keep systems clean. By incorporating the tips in this article into your maintenance program, you can enhance equipment life and reduce unscheduled downtime—ultimately improving productivity, safety and profitability for business.
I hope this Tip of the Week offered more insights into maintaining clean oil systems in operations. Until next time!