Well Lubricated?

The PEME Reliability Department has recently completed several Lubrication Surveys. Our thorough approach to Lubrication Surveys outline all of the required lubrication tasks and optimised task intervals for every appropriate asset. All lubrication points are documented and quantified, making this an essential tool for maintenance personnel to properly perform their lubrication application duties.

Lubrication tasks are a vital component of a Preventive Maintenance mix. Lubrication is an integral design requirement influenced by the local operating context. Lubrication does not address Failure Modes but a failure will occur if you do not appropriately lubricate assets.

Each Lubrication Survey includes defining specific task descriptions for each asset, rather than general recommendations for a group of machines. Because ‘similar’ machines seldom have the exact same lubrication requirements, we review each piece of equipment, indicating the quantity and location of all grease fittings, reservoirs and gearboxes.

Lubrication Surveys have recently been conducted by PEME in a range of Plants and sectors including a chemical processing Plant, a brewery, an automotive manufacturing plant,  a bakery, food manufacturing Plant and a plastic moulding shop.

The following benefits can be gained from an effective Lubrication Survey:

  • Product consolidation
  • Lower inventory costs
  • Contributes to a best-practise maintenance program
  • Identify product and application changes
  • Oil storage and handling improvements
  • Oil analysis standards set for equipment
  • Lubrication points identified

PEME can also provide guidance on best-practice lubrication techniques through our Reliability Training and the use of modern lubricant application techniques such as Airborne Ultrasound.

The use of routine Condition Monitoring techniques can also optimise lubrication intervals through the early detection of lubrication related asset degradation.