FEATURED ARTICLE: Benefits of a Lubrication Survey

TECHNI-TIP: Lubricant Handling and Storage

CUSTOMER TESTIMONIAL: World-Class Lubrication Reliability Program


FEATURED ARTICLE: Benefits of a Lubrication Survey     

As the cold months are fast approaching, it is more important now than before to ensure your equipment is well-maintained and working properly. One crucial and often overlooked factor is the type of lubricant used and the major impact it can have on the effectiveness of your processes.

A lube survey is not just a record of your oils and greases.

The aim of the survey is to evaluate each piece of equipment and its components, compare it with OEM specifications, and make recommendations for proper lubricants and consolidation if applicable. An important part of the process is also the inspection of storage, handling, and lubricant application.

If you are experiencing any of the following, then a lube survey may be the answer:

- Unexpected downtime or equipment wear
- Inefficient lubrication practices
- Contamination in storage and handling or when running equipment
- Significant lubricant waste

Such problems not only have a major impact on equipment efficiency, but also in maintenance costs.

Lubrication Engineers works as a partner in reliability through a full-circle approach for lubrication practices. A large part of the approach is in conducting a lube survey as mentioned above, and additionally compiling results into an easily referenced document.

The current state of lubrication practices is compared to the desired state, and recommendations for improvement are made. In maintaining lubricant and machinery quality, oil samples must be taken periodically and analyzed by a reputable laboratory. LE can assist in developing easy and efficient sampling procedures, as upkeep should be held paramount to any process.

For ordering information, please contact us at info@lubeng.com or 1-800-465-8237.

TECHNI-TIP: 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 LE customers reduce equipment problems that cause downtime due to inadequate lubrication from a contaminated lubricant.

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CUSTOMER TESTIMONIAL: World-Class Lubrication Reliability Program

Customer Profile

Large PVC manufacturing plant, manufactures a broad range of PVC pipe products servicing primarily the plumbing and DIY (do-it-yourself), and underground markets.


Develop a World Class Lubrication Reliability Program (WCLRP) plant wide using Best Practice Lubrication methods.

LE Solution

The correct LE Enhanced Lubricants were recommended for equipment that had been filled with the improper oil viscosity instead of what was recommended by the extruder manufacturer. Working closely with Y2K, a total of four Y2K panel units w/water cooler were purchased to cool, and filter the oil in the extruders.

Next a drum filter cart was purchased to transfer and filter the oil from drums to the extruder.
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 the Y2K filter/cooler panels.

The next step in the reliability program is education; using hands on training taught by LE. To read more, please click here.

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