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Lubrication Engineers of Canada Limited
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LUBRICANT HANDLING AND STORAGE

The proper handling and storage of lubricating oils and greases is very important to their life. These products are formulated for specific applications, and contamination or deterioration can result from improper handling or storage. The end result of this could be inadequate lubrication and machine failure. Some common causes of lubricant contamination and deterioration are:

• Damaged containers

• Moisture condensation seeping into containers

• Dirty dispensing equipment

• Poor storage practices

• Exposure to extremes of hot or cold temperature

The proper handling and storage practices can reduce contamination and deterioration of lubricants. This reduction in contamination of lubricants will help the LE customers reduce equipment problems that cause downtime due to inadequate lubrication from a contaminated lubricant.

UNLOADING

The proper handling and storage of lubricants begins with the correct unloading procedure. Damage to the lubricant containers and injury to the personnel handling them can be prevented if correct unloading procedures are used. If containers are palletized, a forklift should be used to unload the lubricants from the shipping vehicle. For drums not shipped on pallets, special drum handling attachments for forklifts should be used to remove the drums from the trucks. Many styles of drum handling equipment are available, both for forklifts and for manually operated dollies and hand trucks. Simple techniques such as wooden skids can also be used to safely remove containers from delivery trucks. See Fig. 1, 2, & 3.

LIFT TRUCK FOR HANDLING HAND WINCH HOISTER - A DRUM SKID - Drums can be

DRUMS - The hydraulically actu- simple hoister of this type can be unloaded from trucks or freight

ated arms on this truck will clamp used to lower a drum to ground level cars by sliding them down a wood-

and lift four drums. Other models from a truck bed. A floor lock holds en or metal skid. The skid must be

are available that will clamp one or the hoister in position while the securely positioned to prevent acci-

two drums at a time and rotators can drum is being loaded or lowered, and dents.

be added to permit inverting the the casters permit moving for short

drums. distances.

A Publication of the Lubrication Engineers Technical Department

LEADERS IN LUBRICANTS

NUMBER 107


     

 

 

 

 

 

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