Efficient Plant October 2017 - 55
feature | lubrication strategies
'Map' Your Way to
Lubrication mapping is essential in best-practice lubrication-management programs.
Ken Bannister, MEch Eng (UK), CMRP, MLE
THE STANDARD 4R principles of effective lubrication dictate that we place the
Right lubricant, in the Right place, In the
Right amount, at the Right time. Performing a plant-wide lubrication mapping exercise allows us to determine the first three
Rs, and influence the fourth.
Recognized as a fundamental building
block of best-practice lubrication-management programs, lubrication mapping (LM)
is not a new concept. Yet, despite having
been introduced on a wide scale to industry
by automotive manufacturers in the early
1900s, LM still isn't common in today's
Classic LM is the practice of identifying,
classifying, and charting out the physical
location of all filter, reservoir, and lubrica-
tion delivery points found on each machine
(industrial), or vehicle drivetrain/chassis
(automotive) used to facilitate an enduser lubrication regime. The present-day
interpretation of industrial LM has been
expanded to include lubrication resources,
i.e., storage, transfer, delivery, filtration, environmental spill, and safety-item product
inventory, lubrication-workflow routes, and
line identification marking for all centralized machine-delivery systems.
Where asset reliability is concerned, it's no
longer acceptable to state, "lubricate as necessary" on a preventive-maintenance (PM)
work order-for any machine. Building
and executing an effective lubrication PM
Above. Lubrication mapping generates a host
of benefits, including increased effectiveness of
technician 'wrench time.'
job task requires the job planner and the
lubrication technician to understand each
machine's lubrication requirements, along
with the logistics of efficiently managing
and delivering lubricant to the required
bearing point to satisfy the 4R principles.
As an inexpensive and highly cost-effective
element in successful lubrication-management programs, LM offers many benefits.
S LM provides a documented "as built"
inventory and location schematic of
each machine's lubrication points (Right
place) and requirements (Right amount)