Machinery Lubrication

Machinery Lubrication July - August 2022

Machinery Lubrication magazine published by Noria Corporation

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14 | July - August 2022 | www . Learn More: Factor: S4M — Consolidation and Optimization Level: Platform(M) Stage: Lubricant Selection About: Establishing a lubricant consolidation process of optimizing the number and types of lubricants used will assist in keeping up with ever-evolving lubrication requirements without affecting machine performance or security. More about this ASCEND ™ Factor Lubricant Consolidation and Optimization: Which Lubes Stay and Which Lubes Go? L u b r i c a n t consolidation is the practice of selecting lubricants, stocking only what is necessar y for optimal machinery perfor- mance on-site. We often visit different facilities for lubrication assessments and lubrication program- development projects, and when we do, one of the main areas of focus is the lube room. Generally, in any given lube room we will see some of the current lubricants and a dozen or so other lubricants shoved in the back corner that haven't been seen or heard from in years. Yet those old lubricants are still part of the lube list we receive before data collection for our LPD2 service. is can be confusing for a new tech- nician, and we're there to help resolve that confusion. Before we do that, there are a few steps we must first take in order to figure out which lubricants stay and which lubricants go. Survey every lubricated machine and component in the entire facility and identif y the lubricant s that are in use. We also collect pertinent data from each machine; for electric motors, we may collect HP, speed, frame size and other operational and environ- mental data. This can be very difficult in some plants, depending on their age and if they have attempted lubricant consolidation or other lube program devel- opments in the past. Next, collect the name, make and type of every lubricant in the lube room, as well as lubricants found randomly throughout the plant. This list can then be combined with the list of lubricants created in STEP 1 to form a complete list of lubricants in the facility. Once we have figured out all of the current lubri- cants in each machine and component, we will have collected the necessary data for making our own recommendations of what lubricants should be utilized in each machine. Condition Monitoring, Lubricant Analysis & Troubleshooting LUBRICANT SELECTION Factor: S4M Paul Farless | Noria Corporation

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