Lubrication Best Practices

Lubrication Best Practices

 Lubrication Best Practices

Good lubrication requires two conditions: sound technical design for lubrication and a management program to assure that every item of equipment is properly lubricated.

Lubrication Program Development 

Information for developing lubrication  specifications can come from five main sources: 
> Equipment manufacturers recommendations 
> Lubricant vendors 
> Lubrication Subject Matter Experts 
Like most other preventive maintenance  elements, initial guidance on lubrication should come from manufacturers. They should have extensive experience with their own equipment both in their test laboratories and in customer locations. They  should  know  what  parts  wear  and  are frequently replaced.  

Therein lies a caution: a manufacturer could, in fact, make short-term profits by selling large numbers of  spare  parts to replace worn ones. Over the long term, however,  that strategy will backfire, and  other vendors strategy, is less  prone to  wear  and  failure,  will  replace them.
Lubricant suppliers can be a valuable source of information. Most major oil  companies will invest considerable time and effort in evaluating their  customers’ equipment to select the  best  lubricants  and  intervals  for  change. 

Naturally, these vendors hope that the consumer will purchase their lubricants, but the total result  can  be  beneficial  to  everyone. Lubricant vendors perform valuable service of communicating and applying knowledge gained  from  many users  to  their  customers’  specific  problems  and opportunities.Experience  gained  under  similar operating  conditions by other  users or in your own  facilities  can  be  one  of  the  best  teachers. Personnel, including operatorsand mechanics, have a major impact on lubrication programs. 

A major step in developing the lubrication program is to assign specific responsibility and authority for the lubrication program to a maintenance technician, Plant Manager, etc.Below is a method used to define roles and responsibilities (RACI) ensuring alignment of everyone who has a stake in Lubrication Effectiveness and how to work together to receive the output desired.
"Optimal Asset Reliability at Optimal Cost"
The  primary  functions  and  steps involved in developing a lubrication program are to:
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