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Machinery Lubrication July - August 2022

Machinery Lubrication magazine published by Noria Corporation

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38 | July - August 2022 | www . A measure of a lubricant's residence time in a machine — Simply put, this is a measure of how often lubricants are being changed in machines. This can be tracked by averaging the number of days between oil changes for all equipment. Changing lubricants more frequently will create a higher volume of total lubricants disposed of at the year's end. There are a few ways to lengthen oil change intervals, such as using synthetic lubricants or switching to condition-based oil changes. Synthetic lubricants are built to withstand higher temperatures and other extreme conditions — they are generally able to last longer than most mineral oils. Condition-based oil changes use technologies such as oil analysis to identify when an oil needs to be changed instead of using time-based intervals. Travis Richardsons | Noria Corporation ENERGY CONSERVATION, HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT Factor: E5K Learn More: Factor: E5K — Energy Conservation, Health & Environmental KPIs Level: Platform (K) Stage: Energy Conservation, Health & Environment About: These KPIs should focus on lubricant disposal, contaminated waste, the use of spill containment materials, leaks and more. More about this ASCEND ™ Factor Is My Plant Environmentally Friendly? KPIs for Environmental Impact There are multiple reasons to keep tabs on your plant's environmental friendliness. It could be because you want to ensure you are doing everything you can to protect the environment, or you might want to remain in compliance with the Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) group. Either way, the best way to keep the program's score is by tracking Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The following are some useful KPIs to track. A measure of the number of machines that have engineered regrease volume calculations — You might be asking, "does this really have any implications on how environmentally friendly my plant is?" It absolutely does. If you are over-greasing your maintenance points, you are potentially creating fluid friction inside the grease cavity. By doing this, you require your drive equipment to work 5%-10% harder. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), 23% of all electricity consumed is through electric motors — 70% in the manufacturing sector. Are your regrease volumes being properly calculated? KPI 1 KPI 2

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