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Optimizing the Lubrication Industry: Understanding Key Concepts Behind the ORS

What exactly is the Optimum Reference State (ORS)? It is a chief concept to achieving optimal lubrication and improved machine reliability.  Food-grade compressor oil is a major component within the ORS concept. It is a prescribed state of machine regulation, machine operating conditions and overall maintenance to optimize its functions.  To understand the ORS, one must know machine reliability’s key concepts. Know the major elements behind ORS’ functions.

Many among the major players in the industry: equipment builders, maintenance organizations and lubricant suppliers are unaware or have very little information of ORS’ attributes. Sadly, a great number of user organizations claim to have optimal machines, when in truth the machines do not have the essential accessories and components for maximum reliability. In addition, only few machines have ORS-compliant lubrication, and are serviced by technicians following ORS recommendations.

ORS’s key concepts focus on people and machine preparedness, precision lubrication and lubricants, and last, oil analysis. To optimize oil states, modifications are always involved. To illustrate, optimum filtration is impossible without installation of an optimum filter. Obtaining optimum oil samples is impossible without installing ORS-compliant sample valves in the best location. Also important, samples must be collected in compliance with ORS procedures and ORS frequencies.

The pillars of the ORS tactics are based on changes or state of the equipment—rooted in the themes of reliability, maintenance and function-costs.  The six main factors to consider for the total costs are as follows: Machine reliability and performance issues (productivity, downtime, etc.); Maintenance costs (labor costs, disposables, etc.); Lubricant costs (lubricant consumption rate and its price per gallon); Filter costs (Filter cost and frequency of change); Safety costs ( financial and personal costs in the event that workers sustain injuries or in case of death); and finally, Environmental costs (monetary and personal costs to humanity in connection with energy consumption, emissions, etc.).

These are the driving forces behind the development of the ORS. These aspects convenientlycover critical points of consideration, to achieve optimum lubrication and machine reliability.

Using top grade lubricants and food grade compressor oils in compliance with ORS standards adds to operation reliability and efficiency. The Industrial Lubricant Store has food-grade lubricants that are 100% OEM compatible, specifically formulated for each type of equipment in the food services industry. Our products are made of high-quality synthesized hydrocarbon fluids, offering extended life and maximum equipment protection.  Learn more by clicking

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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