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Machinery Lubrication March-April 2022

Machinery Lubrication magazine published by Noria Corporation

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14 | March - April 2022 | www . LUBRICANT RECEPTION & STORAGE Factor: R2P Learn More: Factor: R2P— Lubricant Storage & Lube Room Level: Platform(P) Stage: Lubricant Reception And Storage About: Lubricant storage should be centered around a designated lube room. Proper storage should protect lubricants from environmental and contamination threats. More about this ASCEND ™ Factor Are You Protecting Your Stored Lubricants? Travis Richardson | Noria Corporation e effort to consol- id ate, label a nd organize lubricants usually results in a neat, manageable lube storeroom. When things are organized and lubricants are easily identifiable, the chance of a machine-dam- aging lubricant mix-up is lowered. But, a properly managed store- room doesn't just make handling lubricants easier; best practice lubrication storage techniques serve to protect the lubricant until it is ready to be used. The location and environment of stored lubricants will affect their performance when it comes time to use them. A lubricant's recommended shelf-life is largely influenced by its additive package. Some additives, like rust inhibitors, decay quickly, weakening performance in as little as six months of storage. Some turbine oils, on the other hand, have a light additive dose, allowing them to be stored for up to three years. OEMs can provide recommended storage times for specific lubricants, but it is important to remember that they make these recommendations based on ideal conditions; longevity will also be affected by environmental factors unique to your facility, including: - Humidity Moisture accelerates oxidation and degrades lubricant additive packages. As such, lubricants should not be stored in humid environments. Moisture can be combatted by attaching desiccant breathers to lubrication storage containers. - Extreme temperatures Extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, can cause chemical degradation. Cold storage, specifically, can lead to precipitation. - Temperature variations Fluctuations in temperature cause the air within lubricant storage containers to move. Essentially, as temperatures fall, lubrication containers exhale, and as temperatures rise, they inhale. is thermal siphoning can quickly degrade lubricants and is one of the reasons that temperature control is so important.

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