Lubrication Management For Improved Reliability

Lubrication Management is important for the identification of required improvements to reliability of machinery. Maintenance Holding aims to reduce maintenance spending by optimising the lubrication condition monitoring program.

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Lubrication Management for Improved Reliability

Lubrication practices within a plant have a direct effect on plant and equipment reliability. When a lubricant is working effectively in a machine with no chemical degradation and with limited contamination within it, wear will be reduced and equipment reliability will be improved. The key to reducing component wear and to increase equipment reliability is effective and clean average lubrication film thickness – in other words protecting and maintaining a good lubrication viscosity.

What is Lubrication Reliability?

All investigations conducted today on why bearings fail, will reveal the alarming fact that over 60 % of the damages are lubrication- related. The bearing is the rotating core of the machine and if we can reduce the lube-related failures we will directly improve the equipment reliability, not to mention the resulting reduction in bearing consumption.

Bearings and other rotating components need a good lube film thickness to separate the metal components and to reduce wear. However, generating a good film thickness is a chemically complex mechanism which is dependent on many factors, such as degradation of the oil, contamination in the oil, effective replenishment of the oil and no mixing of oils.

So when the lubrication works in a reliable way, the equipment reliability will improve, meaning that a Lubrication Reliability strategy is all about ensuring that effective machine lubrication occurs within the machine resulting in reduced wear and failures.

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Return on Investment (ROI)

A well-structured strategy will require some investments. The costs are generally associated with the following activities:

  • Dedicated management software
  • A remodelled or a new lube storage area
  • Oil dispensing systems
  • Air breathers
  • Filtering units
  • Labelling discipline
  • Oil analysis tests
  • Training for dedicated staff.

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Depending on how advanced a company is with their existing lubrication strategy and their size, these costs can be anywhere from 20.000€ to 150.000€. A lot of money, however it is an investment that will quickly pay itself back by:

  • The elimination of failed electric motors.
  • Doubling the life of a number of gearboxes due to cleaner oil.
  • Reduction in the bearing costs, annually by a conservative 30%.
  • Doubling the life of all hydraulic systems and pumps.

Conclusion

Lubrication practices within a plant have a direct effect on plant and equipment reliability. When they are working effectively, wear will be reduced and equipment reliability will be improved. A Lubrication Reliability strategy focuses on all parameters that protect the average grease film thickness thereby reducing component wear and increasing equipment reliability.

Contact Maintenance Holding BVBA to discuss Lubrication Management and arrange a no-obligation site-visit and consultation.

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