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Improving Food-Grade Oil Health and Overall State of Lubrication

Based on standard lubrication policies, industry experts have developed their own respective structures. The Optimum Reference State (ORS), a state of preparedness and condition readiness, is already being practiced. There is also the Lubrication-enabled reliability (LER), which covers all activities that improve reliability through tactical changes in the use and application of lubricants.  To achieve lubrication excellence, the two concepts (ORS and LER) must be integrated.

There are a lot of things outside the jurisdiction of control for most maintenance and reliability teams. For instance, we cannot know for sure which gearboxes and bearings in our machines have manufacturing and design flaws. But we can control our work performance when we mount, fit and install machines or their components. Cautious and constant nurturing of equipment health and managing machines’ overall wellness are now matters of great concern.

Enabling attributes of the ORS needed to achieve LER and lubrication excellence are based on modifications of people, machines, procedures, metrics and lubricants.  There are five of these attributes of the ORS needed to achieve LER and lubrication excellence: People Preparedness; Machine Preparedness; Precision Lubricants and finally, Oil Analysis.

People Preparedness relates to how people can be trained to modern lubrication skill standards, for people to gain certified competencies. Machine Preparedness focuses on machines to have the vital design and structure for optimum quality inspection, oil sampling, lubrication, etc.

Precision Lubricants relates to how lubricants should be accurately selected across key chemical, performance and physical attributes including base oil, film strength, oxidation and others. Precision lubrication focuses on procedures, frequencies, amounts, etc. to be precisely designed, enabling reliability objectives to be achieved.

The last, which is oil analysis, involves optimal selection of the oil analysis lab, sampling frequency, and other very essential factors that must be considered to achieve lubrication excellence.

The ORS attributes mentioned are very straightforward. Also, these are fundamental changes within a plant’s power to manage and modify operation procedures. All aspects presented can be changed, and most importantly controlled. This is because each item is definable, measurable and verifiable.

The use of high-quality lubricants and food grade compressor oils increases operation reliability and efficiency— all in line with ORS and LER goals. Expect longer equipment life as well by using top grade lubricants. The Industrial Lubricant Store offers 100% OEM compatible food-grade lubricants, uniquely formulated for specialized industry equipment. Our products are made of high-quality synthesized hydrocarbon fluids, offering extended life and maximum equipment protection.  Click to know more

About the Author
Randy Renick
Randy Renick has a Bachelor's degree from LSU. He is an STLE Certified Lubrication Specialist and has a 29 year work history in Industrial Lubrication. He is currently a Lubricant Consultant at The Industrial Lubricant Store.

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