Machinery Lubrication

Machinery Lubrication November-December 2018

Machinery Lubrication magazine published by Noria Corporation

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high temperatures, which normally would rise to 131 degrees F during summer. A single- handle pump was employed for diff erent t ypes of lubricants, which increased the risk of cross-contamination. e oil-transfer containers and funnels used for topping up and fi lling small gearboxes incorporated an open design. is led to the ingression of dust during the fi lling process. Moving to best practices in lubricant storage and handling was accomplished in two phases. In the fi rst phase, a room was renovated for lubricant storage. e most important benefi ts of this room included keeping all lubricant drums in a closed envi- ronment with no dust ingression and having three closed cabinets inside the room for storing oil-transfer containers, grease guns and other accessories. e new color-coded oil-transfer containers were sea lable and dedicated to one type of lubricant to prevent cross-contamination and to ensure that oil added to components would be clean. e goal of the second phase was to attain lubrication excellence in terms of lubricant storage and handling. A centralized lubrica- tion unit was key to these eff orts. e 40-foot custom-designed container was outfi tted with fi re extinguishers, air-conditioning, air vent fans and racks. e unit has two compart- ments: a storage section and a dispensing station with 12 color-coded lines. Each line is equipped with pumps and fi lters. To minimize cross-contamination, each line is assigned to one type of lubricant and color- coded to correspond to the color of the oil-transfer container. Racks were installed for the 10-liter transfer drums. In addition, as part of this phase, Noria's lubricant identification system (LIS) was applied with a minor modifi cation to meet Yanbu Cement's requirement for a color-blind category. The system consists of different categories to indicate the lubricant, product name, viscosity grade and base oil type. Each lubricant type also has its own color and shape. For example, a red label with a heart is used to identify a 320 viscosity-grade mineral oil, while black with a clock shape is used to specify a 46 viscosity-grade hydraulic oil. YCC's future plans include purchasing kidney-loop fi lters and desiccant breathers to extend the life of the lubricants in its machines. ML The fi rst stage of improving the YCC lube room involved storing all used oil drums inside. In the second stage, a centralized lubrication unit was custom designed. It consists of two compartments, with one for lubricant storage and the other for dispensing. AFTER AFTER www . | November - December 2018 | 15

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