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The ABC's of Lubricant Storage in Manufacturing Plants

Posted by Angela Morrow
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In the fast-paced environment of manufacturing plants, efficient lubricant storage is often overlooked, leading to financial burdens and operational inefficiencies. This blog delves into the critical nuances of proper oil storage, emphasizing cost-saving benefits from fluid handling carts, breathers, filters, sight gauges, sustainability practices, and dedicated lube rooms. These practices contribute to a safer, more efficient, and environmentally responsible operation, providing tangible financial advantages.

Financial Advantages of Dedicated Lube Rooms - A Detailed Breakdown

Advantage Explanation
Reduced Downtime A dedicated lube room streamlines lubricant retrieval, minimizing the time spent searching for specific oils on the plant floor. This immediate access optimizes operational efficiency, reducing downtime costs.
Extended Machinery Lifespan

Properly stored lubricants in a dedicated lube room with controlled environmental conditions ensure optimal lubrication, reducing wear and tear on machinery. This results in an extended machinery lifespan, decreasing the frequency of replacements and associated costs.

Prevention of Cross-Contamination and Maintenance Costs Organization within a dedicated lube room minimizes the risk of cross-contamination between different lubricants. This prevents costly mix-ups that could compromise machinery performance, avoiding unexpected maintenance costs.
Optimized Inventory Management with Sight Gauges Sight gauges in dedicated lube rooms allow for efficient inventory management by providing a visual indicator of oil levels. This prevents overstocking or stockouts, contributing to cost savings by eliminating unnecessary stock expenses.
Efficient Fluid Dispensing with Fluid Handling Carts Fluid handling carts within dedicated lube rooms facilitate precise and efficient fluid dispensing. The controlled dispensing process minimizes spills and waste, ensuring that every drop of lubricant is used effectively, saving on both product and cleanup costs.
Prevention of Environmental Hazards and Cleanup Costs A dedicated lube room's controlled and contained environment reduces the risk of spills and leaks, preventing environmental hazards. This not only safeguards the environment but also avoids potential cleanup costs and regulatory fines associated with improper storage practices.
Enhanced Equipment Reliability through Breathers and Filters Meticulous management of breathers and filters in a dedicated lube room ensures the purity of lubricants. Cleaner oil results in enhanced equipment reliability, reducing the likelihood of unexpected breakdowns and the subsequent costs of emergency repairs.
ESG Compliance and Regulatory Cost Avoidance Aligning with sustainability practices in a dedicated lube room contributes to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals. This proactive approach not only avoids potential fines but also enhances the company's reputation as an environmentally responsible entity.

Benchmarks and ROI Data

Implementing dedicated lube rooms and efficient fluid handling practices have been proven to deliver substantial returns on investment (ROI). According to industry benchmarks:
  1. Labor Savings -  Companies with well-organized lube rooms report significant labor savings, with up to a 20% reduction in maintenance personnel hours spent on searching for and handling lubricants.


    2. Extended Machinery Lifespan — Proper lubrication practices in dedicated lube rooms contribute to an average of 15% to 20% extension in machinery lifespan, resulting in decreased replacement frequency and associated costs.

    3. Reduction in Downtime — Efficient lubricant storage and quick access in dedicated lube rooms lead to a remarkable reduction in downtime, with some companies reporting up to 30% less downtime for machinery maintenance.
    4. Oil Conservation — Implementing proper storage practices, including fluid handling carts and optimized inventory management, has resulted in a 10% to 15% reduction in oil consumption, leading to substantial cost savings.
    5. Increased Oil Lifespan — Companies utilizing advanced filtration systems, breathers, and organized fluid storage racks report an average of 20% to 30% increase in the lifespan of lubricating oil. This directly translates to reduced expenses on oil purchases and disposal.

Real-world Case Studies

To further illustrate the impact of dedicated lube rooms, let's explore some real-world case studies:

Manufacturer A - Labor Savings and Downtime Reduction

Manufacturer A implemented a dedicated lube room, resulting in a 15% reduction in labor hours spent on lubricant-related tasks. Additionally, they experienced a 25% decrease in machinery downtime, leading to increased overall operational efficiency.

Manufacturer B - Oil Conservation and Extended Lifespan

By incorporating advanced filtration systems and fluid handling carts, Manufacturer B achieved a remarkable 12% reduction in oil consumption. This not only translated to cost savings but also contributed to a 30% increase in the lifespan of lubricating oil, reducing the frequency of oil changes and associated expenses.

Picture of Eli Lilly Lube Room in which IFH (now LubriSource Fluid Handling) systems were used LubriSource purchased IFH in 2023.

Figure 1. Eli Lilly Lube Room in which IFH systems (now LubriSource Fluid Handling) were used. LubriSource purchased IFH in 2023. See press release here: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/lubrisource-buys-global-fluid-storage-and-dispensing-product-line-from-the-ifh-group-301842957.html


Figure 2.Clopay Fluid Dispensing Carts.  LubriSource assisted Clopay with the design and equipment.  Dispensing carts were manufactured by IFH which is now owned by LubriSource, Inc.

Figure 2. Clopay Fluid Dispensing Carts. LubriSource assisted Clopay with the design and equipment. Dispensing carts were manufactured by IFH, which is now owned by LubriSource, Inc.

Working with LubriSource - A Strategic Partnership to Optimize Oil Usage**

Embarking on the journey to enhance lubricant storage and usage in your manufacturing plant can be simplified by partnering with industry experts like LubriSource. For example, Clopay worked closely with LubriSource to upgrade their lube room and lube room practices. You can read more here: https://www.machinerylubrication.com/Read/536/constructing-lube-room

FREE LUBE ROOM ASSEMENT - LubriSource offers comprehensive solutions, including lubrication assessments at a manufacturing site's overall lubrication program performance. The assessment can cover seven different sections for lubrication, including storage, handling/dispensing, safety, training, lubrication PMs, oil analysis, and recycling. For a free 1-hour, on-site assessment that includes a report and with recommendations, sign-up here.

With specialized knowledge and tailored solutions, LubriSource collaborates with businesses to kickstart projects focused on improving oil usage. The experienced LubriSource team assists in designing and implementing dedicated lube rooms, introducing efficient fluid handling practices, and ensuring alignment with sustainability goals. By choosing LubriSource, you can accelerate the implementation of best practices, optimizing operational efficiency and realizing substantial cost savings in your lubrication management.



Tags: Filtration/Contamination, Industrial Lubrication, Lubrication Handling, Lubrication Storage, ESG Compliance