Efficient Plant April 2018 - 25
feature | lubrication strategies
Today's machinery has
very close tolerances, and
proper lubrication and
lubrication practices are
critical to its health.
That Can Cost You
Blindly following these old adages can result in damaged equipment,
reduced product quality, and wasted revenue.
Ken Bannister, MEch Eng (UK), CMRP, MLE
THE WORLD OF lubrication is fraught with adages, myths, and
misconceptions eagerly handed down from one unsuspecting generation to another with the best intent. Much of today's folklore surrounding the use and application of lubricants springs from North
America's early 20th-century agrarian roots. This is not to say that
our ancestral farm folk were incorrect in their thinking. Far be it.
At that time, lubrication decision making was much simpler, driven
by heavy over-designed machinery, built to outlast decades of abuse
and limited lubricant choices.
Today's machinery is much more sophisticated, with finer tolerances, and its lubricants and lubrication regimes are an integral part
of any machine's design that will affect machine deliverables and