The Importance of a Lubrication Program


Lubrication is the cornerstone of any asset management program and yet, few companies succeed in implementing and / or sustaining an effective lubrication program. Within the lubrication community it is generally accepted that over 60% of all rotating and sliding mechanical failures are caused as a direct result of poor or improper lubrication practices, often because of a mistaken belief that lubrication is an intuitive action requiring no engineering or training to perform.

Most people believe just maintaining or adding lubricant to the rotating equipment provides effective lubrication. However, by not implementing lubrication program management, the opportunity to optimize equipment reliability and maximize the return on your investment may be lost. Effective lubrication programs have a dramatic impact on downtime and deliver a healthy return on investment.

The best part is good lubrication practices are not difficult or expensive to employ once we understand the difference between good and poor practice. The best programs are well-planned and have a roadmap to achieve the desired goals. Disciplined lubrication management is the foundation of a world-class lubrication program.

What we have experienced and learned from Lubrication Case Studies

  • Lubrication is heavily influenced by behavior science
  • Lubricant-induced machine failure is largely controllable
  • Clean, dry and cool lubricants yield huge reliability return (proactive maintenance)
  • Lubricant starvation is a common yet recognized cause of premature machine failure
  • Skillful, daily one-minute inspections are very effective at catching problems early
  • Most organizations are only getting about 10 percent of the available benefit from oil analysis
  • Education enriches maintenance culture and is a strong impetus to change and improvement
  • Procedure-based maintenance strengthens the awareness and importance of correctly performed tasks
  • Machine criticality and other risk factors should be used to properly establish maintenance priorities and focus resources

Building the Foundation

An effectively installed Lubrication Program benefits most departments within a facility, including engineering, operations and maintenance. It manages the process of lubricant selection, assessment, procurement, storage, handling, monitoring, and disposal, to ensure the safe, reliable and economic operation of lubricated equipment. Identifying the equipment-specific lubricant requirements creates the foundation of this program. This includes OEM design features, operational parameters, maintenance activities or implemented modifications.

We help you to Plan, Develop and Implement a Lubrication Program.

We provide the skills, tools and procedures to deliver a comprehensive lubrication program transformation. Our steps in implementation of a successful lubrication program is:

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