Machinery Lubrication

Machinery Lubrication July-August 2019

Machinery Lubrication magazine published by Noria Corporation

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28 | July - August 2019 | www . Lubrication is a skilled trade that requires sk i l led person nel. Un f or t u n at e ly, it often is regarded as menial work, which can lead to inconsistent practices and poor equipment reli- ability. When managers take the time to train their staff and ensure everyone has the necessary skills to perform the work, the results can be extraordinary. While developing an appropriate training plan and targeting it to your workforce can be challenging, a few key objectives will help make this possible. Who's Responsible? The first decision that must be made is determining which staff members will be responsible for specific activities within the lubrication program. Keep in mind that a single lube program can have activities that range from janitorial (cleaning the lube room) to scientifi c (diagnosing failures in oil analysis reports) and everything in between. Some facilities divide the tasks among different crafts or departments based on mainte- nance philosophies or manpower constraints. It is not uncommon to have as many as three to four diff erent departments involved in varying degrees. Of course, this increases the risk of inconsistency in the work being performed. Task Types Next, identify the types of tasks that must be completed in the lubri- cation program. ese tasks can be broken down into several categories, including inspections, routine relu- brication, sampling, on-condition work and one-off tasks. Each of these categories will have important steps that must be followed but can and often are assigned to diff erent craftspeople. is can be due to the nature of the work or the manpower in the various groups at the facility. Inspections e most common tasks associ- ated with lubrication are inspections related to the lubricant level and quality, as well as equipment acces- sories such as breathers, fi lters, seals and other items installed to aid in the maintenance of the machine. ese inspections tend to dominate the total number of tasks in a lube program. Operations personnel frequently perform some of these inspections. e idea is that operators will be around the equipment far more often than other departments, so these inspections can become part of a daily round or checklist that must be completed by the operators at the start of their shift. is further How to Qualify Personnel to Perform Lubrication Tasks IN THE TRENCHES When managers take the time to train their staff and ensure everyone has the necessary skills to perform the work, the results can be extraordinary." " Wes Cash | Noria Corporation Lubrication Programs

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