Implement an effective lubrication program in 3 easy steps

Implement an effective lubrication program in 3 easy steps

Maintaining safety standards and extending the life span of equipment are key objectives in all industries around the world. But to achieve these objectives, it is essential to understand the factors that can influence their achievement. At the same time, it is important to optimize the performance of the equipment used, starting with an effective lubrication program.

Choosing the right industrial lubricants, monitoring the lubrication process and studying the friction and wear of the equipment you use in the production process can bring higher profits and lower maintenance costs. You will also have more satisfied employees, who can work safely without having to spend extra hours at work.

The implementation of an effective lubrication program cannot take place without creating a plan in advance, in which there are defined the company's mission, the desired productivity level or the necessary tools to achieve the objectives. See below which are the most important 3 steps you need to complete to implement an effective lubrication program.

1. Determining the way in which the lubrication program will influence productivity

In the absence of rules, the equipment’s maintenance will be done chaotically and nonproductively, and the negative results will be reflected in the equipment’s performance and in the company’s performance on the whole.

Initially, an analysis is needed in order to highlight the damages that can be caused by lack of proper lubrication and the benefits that may arise when the lubrication is made effectively. After such an analysis, you will realize that the numbers are in your favor when you follow a lubrication program organized by a set of rules and clear procedures.

2. Defining the objectives

Some of the most common objectives imposed by companies in different industries are the reduction of the quantity of the products used, the reduction of losses and faults, the proper use of lubricants to prevent wear and the implementation of a system to be followed by all employees.

Make a SWOT analysis of your company to notice more easily the strengths and weaknesses and to establish clear objectives based on the current situation. This first step is very important for you to create an overview on which to make decisions regarding the lubrication program to be implemented.

3. Establishing the appropriate tools and choosing competent people

In the absence of a well-developed structure and practical tools for your activity, a lubrication program cannot work as it should. Therefore, the communication between the management and the employees should be done effectively, by using appropriate techniques for each area of activity.

For example, some industries can plan and monitor maintenance programs by using a software specifically designed for mobile devices, while others cannot work this way, they even prefer the traditional techniques, such as the display of the lubrication program on panels or in tables.

In this phase, planning and programming, as well as the supervision of the activities, are issues that may influence the proper performance of the program. At the same time, it is important that the program allows data measuring and analysis, so as to determine its effectiveness.

These three steps represent the first step in creating and managing an effective lubrication program, whose purpose is to reduce the total maintenance costs, the time spent for the repair of malfunctions, the incidents involving employee safety, the number of overtime hours or the total lubricant consumption.

Predictive and proactive maintenance helps you increase energy efficiency

The 3 steps needed to implement an effective lubrication program have in common a very important aspect: prevention. Star Lubricants recommends the proactive and predictive maintenance as it can help you increase equipment energy efficiency.

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