Proper Lubricant Handling

The lubricants you use are essential for extending the life of your equipment, but if they are mishandled, you could actually be damaging your equipment.

It’s a little disconcerting to think that while you may be following the prescribed path when using lubricants for all your equipment, you may also unknowingly be shortening the lifecycle of your machines.

There are a few very specific, and occasionally overlooked, steps that MUST be managed properly when handling the lubricants you use for your equipment. Following these simple steps helps you to ensure the highest possible, long-lasting performance.

Using the Right Lubricant
The most common error, and one that can be damaging to your entire fleet, is introducing the wrong lubricant to your machinery. Each piece of equipment you utilize requires very specific lubricants with unique traits. It’s essential, therefore, to only use the correct lubricant for each unit, each and every time.

For equipment fleets that require multiple types of lubricant, using the wrong lubricant may result in a secondary, but equally damaging issue: cross-contamination.

The Solution: Have a dedicated pump for each of the lubricants your equipment requires, with a dedicated hose and line for each type of equipment.

Regularly Monitor Oil Life and Cleanliness
Think about how oil functions in your equipment: the viscosity and fluidity of lubricant ensures that the gears, cogs and internal parts of each piece of equipment can do their job without coming into direct physical contact with each other. With that in mind, consider the effect of oil that has thinned due to the presence of water and/or excessive age, or has reduced fluidity because of particulate matter -- like residue from soft metal or even dust floating in it.

Not only do those contaminants cause the internal parts of your equipment to grind together, causing damage, the particulates can literally cut into mechanical performance as well. To put it simply, the lifespan of your equipment demands that oil cleanliness and quality must be monitored effectively.

The Solution: Perform regular sampling and analysis from each of your lubricant pumps once a month to ensure consistent quality for the lubricants you use. However, if any piece of equipment begins to have regular problems, checking the respective lubricant pump daily is recommended.

Remember, proper lubricant handling begins with efficient inventory control systems and storing your lubricant in the best lubricant containers.

Unsure of the results of your lubricant sampling? Get a professional oil analysis.

For more information about how Richard Oil and Fuel helps ensure your company’s oil cleanliness, call 855.919.8444 to speak with the Petroleum Pros.

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