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34 | January - February 2020 | www . After assessing and developing multiple lubrication programs a c r o s s nu m e r ou s industries over the years, Noria has been able to identify common "low-hanging fruit" or gaps which, if corrected, can significantly improve the program's development and often with minimal cost, time and effort. While fixing these issues alone will not establish a world-class program, it will address the majority of items that early-stage programs habitually fail to resolve. To the untrained eye, some of these elements may not typically be considered imperative for a lubrica- tion program. However, in truth, they are the simple, yet effective low-hanging fruit that must be harvested to ensure long-term success and sustainability. ese elements include inventory management, labeling and tagging, documenta- tion, contamination control, lubricant handling and training. Inventory Management Your reception area is the starting point in the lubricant's journey. In this area, inventory management will be one of the key components. Having correct practices on the front end will help set the tone for lubricant handling practices across the site. When it comes to inventory management of lubricants, several things must be considered, such as shelf life, minimum and maximum levels, f irst-in/f irst-out (FIFO) practices, reception dating, quality assurance and control, and filtration. Shelf Life Using a lubricant after its noted shelf life can decrease its performance. erefore, it is important to know each lubricant's shelf life, as not all are the same. Contact your lubricant supplier if you are unsure of the timeframe. Another consideration is auditing your supplier to uncover any issues before the lubricants arrive onsite. If an oil drum is found with a shelf life that has already expired, a sample should be pulled from the drum and compared to the new oil baseline. Minimum/Maximum Levels M in i mu m a nd ma x i mu m storage levels should be established Identifying the Low-Hanging Fruit in Your Lubrication Program While fixing these issues alone will not establish a world- class program, it will address the majority of items that early- stage programs habitually fail to resolve." " Lubric ation Programs PERSPECTIVE Matthew Adams | Noria Corporation

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