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Machinery Lubrication November-December 2017

Machinery Lubrication magazine published by Noria Corporation

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18 | November - December 2017 | www . Machinery Lubrication recently asked readers to participate in its annual Lube Room Challenge by submitting exceptional lube rooms that incorporate best- practice features. Several readers met the challenge with evidence of how their lubricant storage and dispensing methods have been transformed. e following entries show- case how designing a proper lube room not only is an important step in the journey toward lubrication excellence but can also increase a company's bottom line. Aleris e Aleris rolling mill in Clayton, New Jersey, supplies foil and light-gauge aluminum coiled sheet. For its lubricant storage, the mill had been utilizing seven different areas across the manufacturing floor. e plant also had just one filtration unit for all its oils, and this unit was seldom used or maintained. Drum pumps and makeshift hoses and fittings were employed to transfer oil to open, unlabeled containers. e drum pumps were not segregated, so nothing prevented them from being used in different oils. ere was also no filtration of the oil during the transfer process, including when bulk hydraulic oil was trans - ferred from tanker trucks into reusable totes. After reviewing previous equipment failures and gearbox inspection reports, the mill made several modifications. Additive packages on some oils were changed. A color-coding system Getting Bottom-line Results from a Lube Room Transformation The Aleris mill had stored its lubricants in seven different areas across the manufacturing floor. The new lubricant storage area has been consolidated into one climate-controlled location with a loading dock and waste oil collection. 2017 Lube Room Challenge After After After Before Before

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