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Machinery Lubrication November-December 2017

Machinery Lubrication magazine published by Noria Corporation

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To commemorate its 100th issue, Machinery Lubrication presents 100 things you should know to develop a world-class lubrication program. Whether you are in the initial stages of implementing a new program or already have a well-established program in place, you should find numerous ideas that can help, with advice from each of the 100 issues. 1. Be Proactive When applied correctly, a proactive maintenance strategy can double or triple lubricant service life. is is achieved by reducing the conditions that stress an oil (cleaner, cooler, drier, etc.). 2. Know Your Lubrication Needs e next time you award a supply contract for lubrication, take the time to actually determine your company's needs. e process may reveal that you have been paying for services that you don't value or would prefer to buy elsewhere. 3. Skills Foster Reliability If what you want most is to avoid machine failure, then what you need most are maintenance skills that foster intrinsic machine reliability. 4. Set Target Cleanliness Levels e first step of a contamination control program is to identify a machine's target cleanliness level. A specific quantifiable number (ISO Code, for instance) should be assigned to each machine based on contaminant tolerance, operating environment and motivation for machine reliability. 5. Design Simple Lube Inspection Routes Design lubrication inspection routes comprised almost entirely of questions that the inspector can answer "yes" or "no," or as "OK" or "not OK." is keeps the process fast and simple. 6. Replace Business as Usual Achieving lasting excellence in machinery lubri- cation is neither difficult nor complex. It simply requires a clear sense of purpose and the tenacity to replace the old business as usual with a new one. 7. Consider Single-point Lubricators Depending on the application, single-point lubri- cators can extend the life of rotating equipment and increase reliability while significantly reducing the cost of applying the lubricant. 8. Use Performance Metrics If used properly, a performance metric works like a compass. It helps you find your bearings and get on the right track when performance is substandard. Once the organization is performing on target, metrics help to keep it on track and facilitate contin- uous improvement. 9. Follow the Root-cause Trail Machines don't just die; they're murdered. If you follow the root-cause trail, you will likely find a smoking gun in the hands of one or more well-inten- tioned individuals (operator, craftsman, technician, mechanic, engineer, etc.) who simply didn't know any better. 10. Achieve a Cultural Transformation No single product or training course will accom- plish cultural transformation because people resist change by nature. A cultural transformation requires a clearly defined and cohesive plan that may take a considerable period of time to fully accomplish. 3 ML | November - December 2017 | 7

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