Lubricants: the root of the problem

Picture1Being a new hire here at LE, these past 2 months have brought a wealth of information to someone otherwise unfamiliar with the importance of oils and greases. I have been conducting and compiling data from lubricant surveys and one thing I have noticed – even from the most experienced of the bunch – is that the power of proper lubrication management is severely underestimated. People are wondering why their equipment is failing, why there is significant waste and runoff, why their costs are high, etc. This cycle drags on for as long as the problems at the surface continue to be addressed. Damaged equipment? Replace. High lubricant consumption? Catch up with the consumption by overgreasing. High costs? Get cheaper lubricants.
You can see why the cycle repeats. The root cause of the problem, your lubricants, is not targeted.

Lubricants are at the forefront, and specially formulated for a variety of processes and operating conditions for a reason. The science behind the careful formulation of specific base oils, additives, thickeners, and resultant viscosities is complementary to a process and works to optimize it. In basic terms, this is done by protecting the equipment, minimizing the energy required, decreasing consumption/waste, and thus lowering costs.
Of course, your lubricants are only as good as your practices. Having a high degree of cleanliness, regular oil analysis, and good storage and handling are all important aspects in a lubrication management system. Through this, you can be sure the cost of premium lubricants will pay off. Premium lubricants are an investment – one with a high rate of return through increased equipment uptime and life, energy savings, and lowered waste/disposal costs.

Where do you go from here? If you have any of the aforementioned issues that a good lubrication system can address, then consider a lubrication survey. Companies such as Lubrication Engineers can come in, take a look at all your equipment and lubricants, make notes on operating conditions and storage and handling, and then provide recommendations in the form of a detailed report. What’s more, LE works as a partner in reliability every step of the way, ensuring you have best practices and eagerly anticipating your positive feedback in the form of cost savings and more efficient processes.

You can read more about lubrication surveys in our upcoming newsletter by going here and subscribing.

– Bianca Besnea

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