Keeping your lubrication system as free of water as possible is essential to an effective maintenance program. Water is a costly and destructive contaminant that results in premature component wear and accelerated lubricant degradation. Following best practices for storage, along with installing adequate moisture prevention and removal equipment, ensures the water saturation level in your system remains low.
Industrial lubricant cleanliness has a direct impact on equipment life and the efficiency of your manufacturing operation. Portable offline oil filtration is a useful decontamination solution for transfer of new fluids into your system, oil recycling, acute contamination treatment, or as part of a scheduled maintenance program. Moreover, equipment such as kidney loop filtering units are put into full-time service and their benefits extended as integrated, permanent solutions. Whether portable or permanent, lubrication maintenance technicians are more commonly relying upon the convenience, effectiveness, and versatility of offline filtration for optimal fluid cleanliness.
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and there is perhaps no place that is truer than in the lubrication industry. That's why it's important to learn proper lubricant and oil storage techniques. Though it is sometimes easy to overlook or deem proper storage a low priority, taking a few easy steps now goes a long way in preserving your materials and preventing degradation in the future.
A reliability-based lubrication maintenance strategy requires a well-balanced program of proactive, preventive, predictive, and reactive contamination control measures. No plan, person, or piece of equipment is perfect, but incorporating a few simple techniques into your maintenance schedule can help you stay two steps ahead of equipment failure due to lubrication or filtration contaminants.
“New” doesn’t necessarily equate to “clean” when it comes to industrial oils and lubricants. Even though they may look pure, new oils require special care and handling to detect and avoid contamination.
We talked to Tony Arenas, Operations Manager at Y2K Fluid Power, about new oil practices. Tony gave the type of deeply detailed insights and tips that can only come from extensive professional experience and knowledge. Y2K designs and manufactures a complete line of filtration and fluid conditioning products for removing liquid and solid particulate contamination in hydraulic and lubricating oil systems.
Have you dealt with a bearing failure recently? If so, what were the consequences in terms of downtime, costly emergency repairs and other expenses?
Too often, avoidable breakdowns happen with such regularity that they are eventually looked at as normal and natural. Even with regular monitoring, it is true that bearings may occasionally wear out before they are replaced. However, it is possible to avoid many bearing failures with a well-conceived lubrication program complimented by timely parts replacements.