In This Issue:

FEATURED SERVICE: LUBRICATION SURVEY 

TECHNI-TIP: Lubricant Management Program Means Success

CUSTOMER TESTIMONIAL: World Class Lubrication Reliability Program

MAY/JUNE 2012

LUBRICATION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM MEANS SUCCESS

FEATURED SERVICE: LUBRICATION SURVEY    

We conduct lube surveys free of charge to Lubrication Engineers customers with the aim to improve lubrication practices and increase equipment reliability. As part of the lube survey process, we work closely with you to learn about your equipment and needs.

This includes:

- Onsite assessment of all equipment requiring lubrication

- A comprehensive report showing the recommended lubricant
  and application method for each lube point

- Product consolidation: reduce inventory requirements and
  minimize product misapplication

- Recommendations on other reliability products and services

- On-going technical support to ensure success of the program

To take advantage of our free of charge lubrication survey, contact us at info@lubeng.com or 1-800-465-8237.
 

TECHNI-TIP: Lubricant Management Program Means Success

High performance Lubricants are just one step towards success. There are eight more reliability steps that maintenance teams should take to ensure cutting costs and extending equipment life.

1) Equipment Reliability Survey:
An equipment reliability assessment is an important first step for any organization wanting to institute a lubrication management program. The assessment will help you understand your current lubrication practices and challenges, and determine what improvements can be made to enhance your operational efficiency. The goal of the equipment reliability assessment is to establish a baseline, and the output will be a blueprint for implementing your lubrication reliability program.

2) Oil Analysis:
Monitoring the condition of lubricants through oil analysis is an essential component of any Reliability Program and can help operators get the most value from their products and equipment.

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CUSTOMER TESTIMONIAL: World Class Lubrication Reliability Program

"Intend to extend re-lubrication intervals from every 6 months to every 6-8 years through condition based maintenance and a superior reliability program."

The Maintenance and Plant Managers of a large PVC manufacturing facility were interested in oil cooling and filtration for their Cincinnati Milacron extruders. They experienced high heat, metal wear and failures in their equipment due to an extremely harsh and abrasive environment of plastic extrusion. They wanted to know if there were better methods to improve their equipment reliability and cleanliness. LE presented solution on developing a World Class Lubrication Reliability Program (WCLRP) and using best Practice Lubrication Methods.

After surveying the entire plant, LE recommended the correct Enhanced Lubricants for equipment that had been filled with the improper oil viscosity, instead of what was recommended by the extruder manufacturer. Next a drum filter cart was purchased to transfer and filter the oil from drums to the extruder. LE then demonstrated that best practice lubrication begins in the lube storage room. A complete lube room set up was presented in which to facilitate a safer, better organized, cleaner lubrication and properly marked Lubrication Storage Room. LEAP (Lubrication Engineers Analysis Program) is being implemented to extend the drain interval of the oil in the extruders. The current drain interval is 6 months. The goal is to use condition based maintenance and change the oil when the samples indicate. The projected oil drain interval based on other companies using LE Enhanced Lubricants is 6 to 8 years for the extruders.

Oil temperatures dropped 25 degrees even without filter/cooler panels. The next step in the reliability program is education; using hands on training taught by LE Certified Lubrication Consultants.

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