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could probably also use 320 or 150. If a site were to have 40
gearboxes using 220 and five using 320, it would probably make
sense to investigate the possibility of using 220 for all of them.
When it comes to pumps, one manufacturer of ANSI units
recommends ISO 46 and another recommends ISO 68, yet their
pumps are functionally the same. The truth is, either product
could be used. The OEMs' different recommendations are just
different opinions as to what is optimum.
There's no need to go overboard with technical consolidations.
A good way to begin is with low-use products. If your site uses 30
different lubricants, chances are, some of them are only used in a
few places and should be considered candidates for consolidation.

Moving forward
If you and others at your site are uncomfortable making lubricant-consolidation decisions, enlist the help of a consultant or a
technical resource from your lubricant supplier. "Any deviations
from OEM recommendations," Potteiger cautioned, "should be
considered from a systematic perspective and approved by the
OEM and/or the lubricant manufacturer."
Although lubricant consolidation is usually not the biggest
opportunity for improvement in a precision-lubrication
program, Potteiger said it offers substantial value. By eliminating redundancies and low-volume items, you can store less
and buy fewer products in larger amounts, an approach that

often reduces the price. A site can also consolidate products to
a single source, which streamlines purchasing and increases
leverage with the supplier. Finally, if you are considering
updating your lubricant storage and handling facilities,
lubricant consolidation will keep you from buying equipment
you may not need.
Remember that the best way to feel confident about consolidating your lubricants is to become educated. Multiple sources
offer training in accordance with ICML (International Council
for Machinery Lubrication) certification guidelines. MT
For additional details on this topic and other lubrication best
practices, visit descase.com.
Editor's Note: Additional issues related to lubricant-consolidation
efforts are covered in Ken Bannister's June 2017 article on
recycling and disposing of old oil on p. 38.

LEARN MORE

For more information, see:

American Petroleum Institute (api.org)
National Lubricating Grease Institute (nlgi.org)
International Council of Machinery Lubrication (icmlonline.com)
Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (stle.org)

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maintenance Technology June 2017

Editorial
Uptime
On The Floor
IIoT
ISO 55000
Products
Ad Index
Showcase
Final Thought
AZ Puts Proactive in Reliability
Glimpse The Future of Predictive Maintenance
Automation-System Updates
MRO: Counterfeit Parts
MRO: Reduce Your Lube Inventory
MRO: Optimize Belt Conveyor Systems
Manage Used and Waste Oils Wisely
Motor Insulation Test Payback
SAP: Tips and Tricks
Cool Off Compressors
Be A Safety Leader
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Editorial
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Uptime
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - On The Floor
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - AZ Puts Proactive in Reliability
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Glimpse The Future of Predictive Maintenance
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Automation-System Updates
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - MRO: Counterfeit Parts
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - MRO: Reduce Your Lube Inventory
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - MRO: Optimize Belt Conveyor Systems
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - SAP: Tips and Tricks
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Cool Off Compressors
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - IIoT
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Manage Used and Waste Oils Wisely
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Motor Insulation Test Payback
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