The Importance of Lubricant Labelling 

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Keeping Your Machinery running smoothly

Unlocking the power of proper labelling and colour coding – Lubricants are the unsung heroes of machinery, reducing friction, dissipating heat, and protecting machinery from wear and tear. However, their proper labelling and identification often go unnoticed. This article will discuss why meticulous lubricant labelling is important, and explore the best practices to ensure accuracy and efficiency.

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Challenges Faced by Poor Lubricant Labelling

In fluid and lubricant handling, many companies provide the basic tools necessary for the job. However, the understanding of what’s genuinely needed often needs to be improved. This is where iCan products step in to remedy these common issues.

Some of the most prevalent challenges are viscosity problems, mainly stemming from mixing and contamination of lubricants during dispensing. If this issue persists within your operations, implementing a colour-coding system can be a game-changer. By visually indicating the contents of lubricants, errors will be easily avoided.

Introducing colour labels or markings across storage containers, dispensing points, dispensing containers, and machine fill points can elevate best practices, mitigate cross-contamination, and curtail the waste of costly fluids and lubricants.

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Lubricant Labelling Solutions

Fortunately, many commercial solutions are tailored to lubricant labelling and colour-coding lubrication systems, all with varied levels of effectiveness. At the most basic level, you can create your own system using printed labels, colour vinyl self-adhesive sheeting, cable ties, and colour paint.

Because Lubricant Labelling is an aspect of storage and handling that is frequently overlooked, it is imperative to decide on a labelling method, whether a colour-coded system, a numeric code system, or a combination of the two. Your system should involve all essential data about the lubricant, including MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) and other site-specific information.

We recommend iCan, a rugged, innovative range of products for the safe storage, transportation and dispensing of lubricants. We are proud to be the exclusive distributor of iCan for the UK.

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Effective Labelling

An effective labelling system is essential for identifying lubricants and specifying their intended use location, which helps prevent cross-contamination risks. This system must be visible, consistent, and regularly updated to reflect the current fluids and lubricants used and stored on-site.

For example, the iCan System incorporates all these best practices without relying on specific product names, ensuring validity even amid lubricant brand changes. Providing a generic specification for each lubricant minimises the risk of machine failure resulting from using unsuitable lubricants.

Ultimately, a colour-coding and labelling system aims to establish a simple, highly visual or alphanumeric system that clearly outlines the stored lubricants in totes, drums, top-up containers, and machine/equipment fill points.

Accurately identifying lubricants in storage and application is integral to a successful maintenance program. Proper labelling and colour coding unlocks operational efficiency, and errors and contamination risks are significantly reduced.

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Why Proper Lubricant Labelling and Identification Matter

Machinery Efficiency and Maintenance

Industrial lubricants are the lifeblood of machinery, ensuring smooth operation by minimising friction. Proper labelling and identification ensure precise application, safeguarding machinery efficiency and preventing costly downtime.

Safety and Environmental Concerns

Lubricant labels contain vital information about composition, hazards, and handling procedures. Accidental mixing of incompatible lubricants can result in chemical reactions or even fires. It helps differentiate between food-grade and non-food-grade lubricants, preventing health risks and costly contamination incidents.

Extending Equipment Lifespan

Lubricants protect machinery from wear, extend equipment lifespan, and reduce replacement frequency. Proper labelling helps maintenance personnel select the right lubricant and adhere to replacement schedules, maximising equipment longevity and minimising costs.

Overall, carefully labelling and identifying lubricants are extremely important in industrial environments. Proper labelling helps protect machinery, ensure safety, and comply with regulations. Industries can improve lubrication processes, minimise risks, and enhance equipment performance and lifespan by implementing best practices and a solid tagging system.

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Lubrication Specialists – Lubricants SW

Established in the mid-1990s, our family business is dedicated to serving diverse industrial sectors by providing a comprehensive range of lubrication products and equipment. Our offerings include grease and oil gun accessoriesoil cans, atomisers and sprayershose reels, and more. With specialised expertise in food-grade lubrication, we are well-equipped to assist you in implementing food safety management plans, including achieving BRC Certification.

For further information on our products and the sectors we cater to, or if you have any enquiries, kindly complete the contact form or reach us at 01822 855885. Should you require a survey, please fill out the “Request a survey” form, and we will promptly respond to your request.

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