Tips: Knowledge of best practices, oil analysis maximize productivity
A frequently cited study from M.I.T. estimates that approximately $240 billion – 6 to 7% of the United States’ gross national product – is lost due to downtime, repairs and damaged equipment caused by poor lubrication.
A frequently cited study from M.I.T. estimates that approximately $240 billion %%MDASSML%% 6 to 7% of the United States’ gross national product %%MDASSML%% is lost due to downtime, repairs and damaged equipment caused by poor lubrication. Around the country, plant managers are looking to proper lubrication practices to help minimize these losses.
“Proper lubrication is essential to a smoothly-running operation,” says Phil Grellier, Dow Corning global solutions development manager. “In many cases, less friction equals improved performance, greater reliability and lower costs.”
For improved performance, plant managers should follow some simple steps:
hanics, operators or others who have hands-on responsibility for lubrication; others provide a best practices overview for managers and supervisors who don’t require technical expertise but need enough information to plan, organize, staff, and support those who do.
lso can transform a lubrication program from time-based to condition-based, eliminating unnecessary changes.
cilitate their lubrication management.
“With a working knowledge of the basics of machinery lubrication and careful attention to the applications and conditions of their lubricants, plant managers can be well-equipped to prevent costly damage caused by poor lubrication,” Grellier said.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.