The five things you need to get right about lubricants

A lot of businesses lose time and money because they are just not aware of how important lubrication is to their machinery, and of what they absolutely must do if they want to ensure that their equipment is as reliable and efficient as possible.

With that in mind, here are the five things all companies must do right if they are to experience optimum success:

1. Choose the optimum type of lubrication

The number one thing that all companies must do is ensure that they choose the best type of oil for their equipment. There are lots of good brand like Fuchs, Royal Dutch Shell and Q8, and using one of these brands will help to ensure high quality, but it is also important to consult your OEM manual to find a lubricant with the right properties.

2. Don’t skimp on quality

Touched on above, it is of great importance to choose a lubricant of the highest quality you can afford. As well as meeting OEM criteria, you should be looking for a lubricant that is clean and has performed highly in ASTM tests.

3. Use the right amount of lubrication

One thing that many companies do wrong is that they use too much or too little grease lubricant in their machinery, and either can cause untold destruction to equipment, which is why it is important to calculate the correct amount of lubrication for use in your business before you add any to the system. By doing so, you can avoid costly equipment failures and ensure that your machinery runs safely and efficiently.

4. Identify the correct location

Once you know which lubricant to use and how much should be added to your equipment, you will also need to determine the correct place to add it. If you add lubricant to the incorrect point, you may not notice until it is too late. Using an oil analysis program is the simplest way to identify a poor entry point and avoid equipment failure, so be sure to run regular analyses of your machinery.

5. Grease at the right time

Finally, to optimize performance and avoid equipment failures, adding lubricants at the right time is of the utmost importance. In order to do this, you will need to establish correct lubrication intervals using charts or calculations, which can be provided by the OEM.