Reduce Contamination by Improving Lubricant Handling and Transfer
Get the right lubricant to the right place, in the right amount, at the right time. Sounds simple, right? Unfortunately, poor handling and transfer practices continue to lead to lubricant contamination. If you are using old handling and transfer methods, such as coffee cans or open galvanized containers, you are introducing harmful particulates into your lubricant, which then contaminate your lubricant and damage your equipment. Particles that cannot be seen by the human eye (as small as 3 micros) can create wear and tear on equipment. (By comparison, a human hair is 40 microns in diameter.)
Another cause of lubricant contamination is human error. Busy operators can make mistakes such as using the wrong lubricant for the equipment. For example, an operator may grab a grease gun and assume it has the right grease for a particular piece of equipment, but it doesn't. Mixing of lubricants can be catastrophic, creating unplanned downtime, and - in some severe cases - costly replacement.
Are your containers clearly marked and identified for maintenance operators? Is there a visual system in place to help them easily and confidently identify the lubricant? Are storage containers clearly marked? Are lubricants clearly identified as to their function and use? Is equipment marked and are lube points identified? LE trained and certified lubrication experts can help you clean up and improve your process. We will be there onsite to help you identify the opportunities for improvement and put into place cost-saving best practice lubrication handling and transfer techniques.
LE has partnered with some of the best product suppliers in the industry, enabling us to be your one-stop shop for lubrication reliability solutions. When it comes to lubricant handling and transfer, we have a variety of options to offer any organization needing to improve its process.