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.
By Plant Engineering Staff February 15, 2008

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.