We have come up with 5 Steps To Rid Your Lubricants Of Contamination Stress. One of the most commonly missed opportunities in the journey toward plant and equipment reliability is making sure that your oil is clean and free of water. Companies spend small fortunes focusing on preventative or predictive maintenance programs, equipment to monitor and time-based solutions. Some of the easiest and most impactful solutions are in their oil reservoirs and gear boxes. Like the blood that runs through our body, oil is the lifeblood of a mechanical system. Like blood, the condition of the oil can give us clues as to the condition of the system and what needs to be done to maintain the system.
Clean the OilNo matter the industry; Injection Molding, Quenching-Heat Treat, Stamping, Industrial Manufacturing, Cement, Mining, Pulp and Paper, Food and beverage, or Diesel Fuel Storage, clean & dry oil is vital to the life of your equipment. Here are a few steps that you can take to make sure that your oil is maintained properly and that you are giving your systems the best chance for a long life, free of maintenance issues and breakdowns:
1. Make sure that you have the correct oil for your systemI have found, down through the years, that a lot of people don’t know what they are running. They may even have a mixture of various oils in their critical equipment.
2. Put clean oil in the systemUse best practices when delivering oil into the system. Filter new oil before you add it to the system. Believe it or not, new oil is typically not as clean as your equipment requires. Also, make sure that the equipment that you are transferring the oil with is clean. Don’t use dirty buckets, containers or hoses. If you eliminate the contaminants going in, that leaves less contaminants that you must deal with.
3. Keep your system tightAgain, if you keep the dirt out with proper seals, breathers, and the elimination of entries into the oil system, you will have less outside contamination to deal with. This makes the job a lot easier.
4. Test the oil on a frequent basisYou should send your oil out for analysis as frequently as necessary because it ensures that all the parameters are under control. Quarterly analysis would be good. Make sure that you send the sample immediately. Having it sit on a desk for 30 days limits your ability to react, should you see a problem in your sample.
5. Keep your oil clean and dryA good offline (kidney-loop) filter system should be installed on each reservoir because it keeps the oil both clean and dry. Inline filters are good, but they are only last-chance filters. They are not designed to protect against the long-term issues. A good kidney-loop filtration system will properly clean the oil and provide an extended life to the oil and system. This kind of reliability is what our modern-day equipment demands.
If you would like to have more information about best maintenance practices and how to keep your oil clean and dry using a CC Jensen fine filter, please contact Patriot Fluid Power.Author: Eddie Rowland CC Jensen