1. STORAGE Good storage practice is critical for reducing expensive downtime. Keeping containers horizontal, indoors, and at the right temperature are the three key elements of proper storage.
  2. REGULAR MONITORING Routine monitoring alerts you to wear and tear or loose seals, both of which could cause a stoppage if left unchecked and cause expensive downtime for your machine.
  3. KEEP THE AREA CLEAN It’s important to maintain general standards of cleanliness around oils and machinery as well as in transportation and handling. This helps lubricants avoid contamination with other oils or with water.
  4. AVOID CONTAMINATION Dirty lubricants cause machinery to fail prematurely. Water reduces the oil’s ability to lubricate and oxidizes it more quickly.
  5. RIGHT PRODUCT Seek advice to understand your machinery’s specifications and which type of oil is most compatible to keep machine downtime to a minimum.
  6. USE PREMIUM LUBRICANTS WHERE POSSIBLE They extend the life of machinery as well as reduce the need for invasive machinery maintenance and oil changes.
  7. CHECK OTHER COMPONENTS Check seals for leakage and bearings for wear and tear, to make sure your lubricant is able to do the job you need it to do.
  8. MONITOR OIL PRESSURE AND FLOW RATES They can have an adverse effect on machine components if they’re too fast or too slow. Continuous monitoring of both is critical to avoid unexpected failures.
  9. OIL SAMPLING AND ANALYSIS A regular schedule of oil inspections will uncover subtle changes or find patterns that allow engineers to perform needed changes or investigations and prevent expensive machine downtime.
  10. SITE ASSESSMENTS Identify critical issues such as lubricant storage and handling errors or wrong product applications, which could be racking up additional costs.

If you need help setting up a maintenance plan please contact a RILCO sales representative to help.


Source: Shell Oil.

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