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Machinery Lubrication November-December 2021

Machinery Lubrication magazine published by Noria Corporation

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30 | November - December 2021 | www . It is pretty well under- stood, or at least widely stated, that what gets measured gets done. So it should come as no surprise that contamination control objectives should be implemented; they are our means of measuring the effective- ness of our equipment relubrication processes, not to mention how many of our other contamination control measures are going. When we set these objectives, though, we need to keep a few things in mind: consider this the Do's and Don'ts of setting contamination control objectives. Do set measurable and achievable goals. Having solid goals that you can actually hit makes a huge difference, not just for the equipment but also for the entire reliability team. How frustrating would it be to have a goal that can never be achieved? Look at your process, operating condi- tions, lubricant demands, machine demands and criticality, and see what makes sense for your capabilities and reliability goals. "Pie in the sky" dreams are great, but we live in the real world, and we need real goals. Don't set a blanket statement and make it "the goal." We can't just say, "I want clean oil in all of our equipment," and call it a day. We can't measure this in any meaningful way, and we don't even have a definition of "clean" to shoot for. ISO cleanliness codes are a simple way to start on this. Do create a standard for how we are going to go about reaching the goals. We need to have a set way of accomplishing something, and we need to all be on the same page (for both processes and procedures). When we are all doing these proce- dures, whether it is re-greasing a bearing or topping off a gearbox, we remove variables that will mess with the data that we are using to track our progress. Don't set standards and then forget about them. If we have created standards, whether procedures or targets for oil cleanliness, we should have done so with a specific goal in mind, right? So why would we set those things and then just let people completely forget about them? e standards should become a part of our everyday lives, integrated into how we complete tasks and do our jobs in general. CONTAMINATION CONTROL & LUBRICANT RECONDITIONING Factor: C3M Learn More: Factor: C3M – Contamination Control Objectives Level: Management and Training(M) Stage: Contamination Control & Lubricant Reconditioning About: Implementing contamination control objectives and goals increases machine reliability. Highly critical machines should have stringent objectives. More about this ASCEND ™ Factor Jeremie Edwards | Noria Corporation The Do's and Don'ts X of Setting Contamination control objectives

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