There are a number of elementary errors in the machinery lubrication that can prevent you from reaching the top of your game. By avoiding these, and in many cases, doing the exact opposite, you can improve performance and run a very successful operation that is reliable, efficient and cost effective.
Not being willing to change
If you are unwilling to embrace change, it is almost certain that you will not be as successful as you otherwise could be. This is because you must be willing to embrace positive changes, whether that means using a new lubricant from Shell or Mobil, employing an extra member of staff, or simply changing your attitude to the business.
Not taking your time over choosing oil
A big error is thinking that any old oil will do. If you think all oil is the same, you are never going to up your game. The fact is, there are a lot of different oils on the market, all with different additives, and it is important that you spend time finding the oil that is perfect for your equipment, if you want to be as successful as possible.
Going for the lowest bidder
Although you may save money by buying your lubes from the lowest bidder, this is somewhat of a false economy, as low cost oil is rarely the best for your equipment and could lead to much earlier failure than a slightly better oil with higher quality additives.
Not developing lubricant guidelines
If you do not develop guidelines and procedures for how your machinery should be lubricated, then there is no guarantee that all of your staff will follow the best practices which help to keep machinery not only going, but in prime condition.
The “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mentality
You may think you’re saving time and money by leaving equipment maintenance until a failure is noted, but of course, this is not the case. It is much better to carry out preventative maintenance, which will catch an issue before it develops, than wait until it’s too late and be forced to shut down operations.
Not spending money on education
You may be under the impression that educating your employees is a waste of money, because they already know all there is to know about machinery lubrication. However, this is not true. New techniques, products and theories come out all the time, and if your staff aren’t in the know, there is no way you can compete.