Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 37

LUBRICATION STRATEGIES

Understand
Lube ID Systems

Ken Bannister
MEch Eng (UK)
CMRP, MLE
Contributing Editor

Make sure you're pumping the correct lubricant into your bearings.
INDIVIDUALS, BUSINESSES, governmental agencies,
nations, and other entities are obsessed with identification
gathering and use of personal data these days. It seems
we cannot move across a border, access money, make
purchases, or enter a computer program or building
without having first set up a user name and password
arrangement or presenting credentials in the form of a
license, passport, or some other type of governmentissued ID card.
People have become a commodity who, under the guise
of security, are being tracked and trended in everything
we do. This allows countless ID "collectors" to perform
analytics on our lifestyles and, among other things,
leverage that information to tailor and market goods and
services to us as individuals or demographic groups.
For ID collectors, premium identification information
shows or describes what we look like, spells out our
names, current addresses, ages or dates of birth, occupations, and, frequently, our likes and dislikes, depending
on how much we have elected to share with the planet at
large. If we were pieces of equipment, this information
would be classified as "nameplate data."
In general, equipment nameplate data is abundant and
readily available for use-should we choose to find and
use it. One would think, with all the personal data sharing
to which we contribute that we would be exceedingly
familiar with the various ID systems in plant environments. Sadly, this is rarely the case.
Equipment-nameplate data is valuable specification
information printed or stamped on a plate, sticker, or
tag attached to a machine, in a conspicuous place. At a
minimum, the nameplate spells out the machine title/name,
model, and serial number. In some cases, nameplates will
contain much more detailed and relevant operations and
maintenance data, such as operation-speed ranges, pressure
settings, set-up details, spare-part numbers for consumable
items, i.e., belts, chains, air/oil filters, and if we are lucky,
the equipment's lubricant-ID specification and fill rates.
AUGUST 2017

Fig. 1. Color-coded lubricant-ID labels attached to machinery
and transfer equipment are important elements in mistakeproof application. Photo courtesy of Trico Corp., Pewaukee, WI

This information is usually more detailed in the machine's
operations and maintenance (O&M) manual, wherein all
recommended lubricant brands, types, viscosities, and fill
rates are noted.
In some instances, the original equipment manufacturer
(OEM) will "nameplate" the lubricant and filter requirements on the lube reservoirs or pumps themselves, i.e.,
printing and attaching actual nameplates, stickers, or tags.
We must seek out and review this essential data to set up
best-practice lubrication programs, as well as to continue
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maintenance Technology August 2017

Editorial
Uptime
On The Floor
Reliable Security, Reliable Operations
Highly Charged Reliability
Drowning in Data? Look to the 'Stars'
Reliable Pumping Supplement
SAP: Tips and Tricks
Steam-Trap Inspections
Saving Tribal Knowledge
Seats for Butterfly Valves
IIoT
ISO 55000
Understand Lube ID Systems
Tomato Processor Boosts Steam Output, Cuts Emissions
Products
Ad Index
Showcase
Final Thought
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 1
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Cover1
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Cover2
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 1
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 2
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 3
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Editorial
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 5
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Uptime
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 7
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - On The Floor
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 9
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Reliable Security, Reliable Operations
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 11
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 12
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 13
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 14
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 15
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Highly Charged Reliability
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 17
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 18
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Drowning in Data? Look to the 'Stars'
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 20
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 21
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 22
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Reliable Pumping Supplement
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 24
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 25
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 27
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 28
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 29
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 30
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - SAP: Tips and Tricks
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Steam-Trap Inspections
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Saving Tribal Knowledge
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Seats for Butterfly Valves
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - IIoT
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - ISO 55000
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Understand Lube ID Systems
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 38
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 39
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Tomato Processor Boosts Steam Output, Cuts Emissions
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 41
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 42
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Products
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 44
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 45
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Ad Index
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Showcase
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Final Thought
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Cover3
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