Good lubricants from the likes of Q8 and Shell may not all be cheap, but they are extremely important to the smooth running of machinery and the businesses that use them. This is why it is so important that anyone who uses them on a regular basis does all they can to achieve a high level of lubrication excellence.
Here are some great tips to help you do just that:
Always test new lube deliveries
For a lot of machines, any anomalies in the quality of lubrication used can have awful consequences. This is why it is so important to establish the quality of any new lubricant deliveries. Testing new lubricants is also good for establishing a baseline for regular used-lubricant analysis, and if you pass on feedback from your testing to suppliers, you can also have a real impact on the quality of future lubricant deliveries.
Implement a condition-based oil change method
There is a number of factors that can influence when you decide to change oil, and a many times it is changed when there is no need to do so. As changing oil too frequently or not often enough can be expensive, it is important to implement an optimum approach to the process, and you will probably find that condition-based changing is the way to go. This uses lubricant monitoring to ensure oil is only changed when there is a real need to do so.
Hinder rust and corrosion
Rust and corrosion costs billions of pounds every year, which is why it is vital to avoid it as much as possible. The best way to do this is to prevent metal from coming into contact with oxygen, water or acid by using a corrosion inhibitor – an additive that contains compounds with a significant polar attraction to metal surfaces These inhibitors affix themselves to metal, creating a protective film that will prevent exposure to corrosive materials.
Change filters on schedule
If you leave the changing of your filter too long, you jeopardize the lubricant and machinery in question unnecessarily. There are a number of things that you can use to better time the changing of a filter, including bypass indicators, pressure-rise profile monitoring and online particle counting, and these are well worth investing in if you want to save money and protect the integrity of your machinery equipment.