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.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey