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28 | January - February 2020 | www . Do you remember the last time you planned for a long trip? You likely used a mapping program or a road atlas. You may have chosen to take the backroads or decided that driving such a long distance wasn't for you and paid an airline to do most of the travel work for you. Regardless, when planning a long trip, you always start by consid- ering your current location and then where you want to go. Without a feel for the journey, it's impossible to make good decisions about the trip. e same is true when it comes to improving your lubrication program. Without first assessing where you are and understanding where you are headed, you cannot decide how best to proceed. Machine longevity is largely driven by the state of the lubricants used and thus the state of your lubrication program. What is the state of your lubrication program? How sustainable is it? Anyone can add grease to a bearing to keep it running for a little while longer, but what can be done to provide sustainability to your lubrication practices? Set Your Starting Point What is your current location? Assess the current state of your lubri- cation program, either with an internal audit or an outside group. Where does your program stand in comparison to lubrication excellence standards? How does it compare to others in your industry, not just with how lubricants are selected but in every way that lubri- cation can impact uptime and overall equipment effectiveness? is type of assessment can be performed in many ways. Normally, an objective, standardized assessment is preferred with comparisons to lubrication trends and industry best practices. ese trends and practices are always evolving, so the recom- mendations from yesteryear may not be valid today. The Roadmap to Lubrication Sustainability LESSONS IN LUBRICATION Bennett Fitch and Daniel Rader | Noria Corporation You create sustainability with your lubrication program when you can include the expectation of change as part of the status quo." "

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