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Machinery Lubrication July August 2021 Digital Edition

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LUBRICANT RECEPTION & STORAGE 5 Things Every Lube Storage Room Needs Factor: R5M Learn More: Factor: R5M—Inventory Management Level: Management and Training(M) Stage: Lubricant Reception And Storage About: Inventory management must define optimal inventory levels, prioritize keeping lubricants in appropriate and clean environments, and optimize inventory investments by adopting a FIFO (First In, First Out) strategy. More about this ASCEND ™ Factor Chances are, if you work in an industrial setting, you have someplace where you store lubricants. It might be an old shipping container, a sectioned-off part of a ware- house or even a collection of pallets outside and a few lockers. Wherever you choose to store lubricants, there are a few things to consider to keep the lubricants safe and healthy until you put them into use. e full list of everything you should do for storage can be pretty exhaustive, so here are the top five things to remember when it comes to lubricant storage. 1. Climate control We know lubricants should be kept clean, cool and dry to maximize their life while in use, but this rule also extends to their life while in storage. Poor ventilation and high humidity can easily cause temperatures of 120°F on a hot day in a warehouse, and the outside surface temperatures of those shipping containers can reach over 190°F if left in direct sunlight all day. ese temperatures will prematurely age your oils and cause the oil in grease to bleed more prevalently. (Ever wonder why that case of grease looks like someone dipped it halfway into water? at's the oil bleeding out.) 2. Labeling system I know, "but our lubricants come with labels on them." e purpose of a labeling system is to make it easy to identify lubricants at a glance. Color and shape labels for lubricants work exceedingly well for this. For example, if I have a specific gear oil marked with a blue cup-shaped label (ideally, all the equipment compatible with this oil would have the same label), I don't have to think about it — I know at a glance what I have in there. Labeling is particularly handy with greases. Grease tubes and guns get slathered with grime and dirt, and when we wipe them down, it often seems like the OEM labels get wiped away with all the goop we are trying to get rid of. A good label can save your bacon when it comes to knowing what grease is in what tube. 3. Storage cabinets Storage cabinets are great for several reasons. ey give us a place for things to live, and if you take the time to plan your storage and establish an organized system of where things go, you can open that cabinet anytime and 14 | July - August 2021 | www . Jeremie Edwards | Noria Corporation

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