Machinery Lubrication

Machinery Lubrication July - August 2018

Machinery Lubrication magazine published by Noria Corporation

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www . | July - August 2018 | 11 e importance of keeping things clean cannot be overemphasized. Contamination will attempt to enter your operation at every opportunity it is given. To combat this, you need to be out in front of where it can enter. Most contamination will come into your operation through the entrances and exits, but your operation itself may also be a source. Stores e start of your contamination preven- tion program should be your storeroom. e way you receive and store your repair parts will set the stage for your plant's reliability. is contamination control starts with your vendors. If you do not have a specification for how you will receive your spares, you are missing a key aspect of obtaining reliability. Your specifications must start with your cleanliness standards. e parts or materials you are receiving will drive these standards. You should visit the vendor and understand how the parts are being stored before their delivery to your plant. At no time should you allow a part to enter your facility if you do not know what conditions it has been subjected to. If you miss this opportunity to improve reliability in your operation, you are allowing your vendors to set your standards. I am always disheartened to hear main- tenance and reliability leaders tell me that they cannot control what happens to the parts before they enter their facility. is cannot be further from the truth. Once the part has entered your facility, you need to make sure it is cared for as well as all the other parts of your operation. All too often, organizations pay no attention to their spares until they install them. is is too late. e parts in your storeroom must be treated and maintained as if they are already installed in your equipment. e storage of gearboxes, motors, belts, bearings, cylinders, etc., will dictate your ability to deliver on reliability. Depending on your organiza- tion's manpower and stores facilities, you may want to review and decide where and how all your spare parts are stored. It is not necessary to have one or more of everything in your storeroom. e decision on what to store is one that requires a lot of discussion and should be devoid of emotion. ere are significant costs associated with storage of parts. e average is 20 percent of the cost of inven- tory. So, if your stores value is $1 million, it costs you $1.2 million to keep those stores. If you stock the right stores and eliminate all duplicates and spoiled stores, you save money and obtain another funding source for reliability efforts. is affects your orga- nization's free cash flow. If you are not storing parts correctly, it costs you even more money when you install them and they fail prematurely. e cost of downtime will prove that if you do not maintain your stored parts in a reliable state, you are better off letting your vendors store the parts correctly at their site and delivering them to you when needed. is may sound extreme, but if you add up all the time you spend storing parts incorrectly and compare it to the reliability of having them stored correctly, you will see that you can make more product and spend less on replacing new parts gone bad. Equipment Cleaning and Lubrication Standards is step identifies what work can be accomplished by operators to prevent further deterioration of the equipment. During the kaizen (improvement) event, the team defines what the operators will clean and inspect, and how they will do it. Again, I stress that only employees who have been properly trained in lubrication should be allowed to lubricate your equipment. is will define how often it must be done to keep the equipment in optimum (base) condition. Training the operators is not the end but the beginning. Developing the operator is how you make these efforts sustainable. C ont a m i n at ion c ont rol c a n be accomplished by reducing or eradicating contaminants through housekeeping efforts. e most common types of contamination are dust particles, wall and floor materials, packaging and crate particles, fibers, shavings from moving parts, other poorly maintained surfaces, liquids not being cleaned up, and equipment left damp to rust. ese and many other damaging contaminants can infiltrate critical equipment areas in many ways. e goal is to find and eliminate them all. e proliferation of contamination will lead to product damage and recalls, which are detrimental to the business. Businesses WE HAVE A BETTER SOLUTION. 800-435-7003

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