The Importance of Maintenance Lubrication

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Preventive Maintenance Lubrication is not just a task; it is an essential part of manufacturing. Investing in preventive maintenance can help avoid costly downtime and demonstrate your commitment to efficient operations. Proper maintenance and lubrication is key to this. Moving parts, such as bearings and guides, rely on your attention to ensure they are properly lubricated, minimising wear and extending their lifespan. Your focus on lubrication maintenance can help prevent premature machine failure and reduce overall maintenance costs.

Preventative Maintenance Lubrication

Preventative Lubrication Maintenance is a cost-effective strategy for prolonging your machinery’s life. Adopting a proactive approach rather than waiting for machine components to fail can help prevent machinery breakdowns and increase productivity. The best way to implement preventative lubrication maintenance in your production line is to have a structured lubrication schedule. This includes inspection, self-lubricating bearings, and condition monitoring.

Regular inspection of your production line and lubrication schedule is the first line of defence against issues and, ultimately, production line faults. Contamination by foreign materials or signs of wear, including increased vibration or excessive noise, should also be considered during inspections. The effectiveness of these inspections hinges on training, experience, and judgment, as well as knowledge of the correct lubrication levels. Conducting these inspections regularly and adhering to your Lubrication Maintenance Schedule is paramount.

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Lubrication Maintenance Best Practice

At Lubricants SW, we specialise in supplying and installing Lubricant Storage & Handling Equipment tailored to your industry. We offer a range of solutions, with the ideal location for this equipment being an area with environmental controls to regulate humidity and temperature while minimising airborne contaminants. It is best to position this area centrally, preferably near a maintenance area or storeroom. In fact, we recently completed a Lubrication Store for a Large Pharmaceutical Company in Devon.

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To streamline your workflow, Lubricant labelling is the unsung hero of machinery. Proper Lubricant labelling and colour coding make lubricant distribution intuitive and easy to manage. iCan tags and labels are a really effective solution for this. The iCan Fluid Transfer System offers several advantages. It is safer as it reduces the potential for cross-contamination of lubricants, complying with current BRC regulations for food-safe containers. It also improves lubrication management and housekeeping processes, and reduces accidental spills and wastage of expensive lubricants. Additionally, it prevents expensive cleanup and potential environmental damage, and reduces the potential for personal and lost time injury. It is also faster as it streamlines the fluid transfer process with more efficient fluid handling. 

Furthermore, it is easier and more cost-effective, increasing productivity by providing identifiable lubrication contents without the need for various coloured containers or lids. Using a 10-band/card, colour-coded system, it features a built-in MSDS data sheet pocket for precise identification of fluid, and is ergonomically designed for user comfort. The system comprises just 12 main items or SKUs, significantly less than others. In addition, the iCan system suits various industries, including manufacturing, automotive, mining, drilling, petrochemicals, agriculture, marine, pharmaceuticals, and more.

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Maintenance Lubrication for Your Sector

In various industrial settings such as Food Production plants and large-scale manufacturing firms, the efficient storage and use of a diverse range of lubricants are crucial for the smooth operation of equipment. Different machinery requires specific oils or greases to function at their best. Ensuring proper lubrication maintenance is essential to prevent accidents, unplanned stoppages, and operational disruptions that can incur significant costs.

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Organisation and Storage:

Keeping the right lubrication products in the right places is essential. You should establish a dedicated storage area for lubricants onsite, where all oils, greases, fluids, and other lubricants are labelled correctly. Implementing colour-coded systems and providing a clear reference for employees can enhance organisation and accessibility. Each type of grease should have its own dedicated applicator, and every oil type should have a designated container to prevent contamination and ensure optimum performance.

Cleanliness and Sanitation:

Maintaining a clean and sanitised storage area is crucial to minimise the risk of errors and prevent contamination of lubricants. Regular cleaning using professional spill kits, oil collectors, and absorption materials can help prevent spillages and efficiently address accidents. Establishing a regimented cleaning schedule, including routine tidying and comprehensive cleaning once per week, is necessary. Having a dedicated checklist and adhering to a cleaning standard can further improve cleanliness and organisation.

Standardised Procedures and Documentation:

Standardising procedures and protocols are vital to ensuring that employees understand when and how work should be carried out. Documenting all maintenance routines and keeping a historical record of the work performed can help staff understand and address possible issues. Utilising to-do lists for oil changes, cleaning, machine care, and lubricant analyses can support continuity and maintenance schedules. Additionally, establishing control procedures for labelling, cleaning, and organisation of stock areas, in addition to keeping all maintenance procedures readily accessible, can enable ongoing improvements and maintenance tracking.

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Maintenance Lubrication – Lubricants SW

By implementing these best practices for lubrication maintenance, companies can significantly reduce the risk of equipment failure and costly downtime. Proper organisation, including clear labelling and storage procedures, helps ensure that the right lubricants are used in the right equipment at the right time. Regular cleanliness and inspection of lubrication systems help prevent contamination and degradation of lubricants, which can compromise equipment performance. Standardised lubricant application and monitoring procedures contribute to a safer and more efficient work environment, ultimately leading to improved productivity and longer equipment lifespan.

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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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