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feature | lubrication strategies
A properly designed,
centralized lube-storage
facility will play a major role
in equipment and machinery
performance.

Design Lube Storage
With these Guidelines
As with all consumable products, lubricants have a defined shelf life. How well they
are stored will directly affect their usability and service performance.
Ken Bannister, MEch Eng (UK), CMRP, MLE
Contributing Editor

ENSURING YOUR EQUIPMENT and
machinery receive quality lubricants from
the onset requires an understanding of your
lubrication needs; your commitment to
successfully manage storage, stock rotation,
and dispensing of lubricants; and building
the appropriate lubricant-storage facility.
Many factors play into the finished design
of a purpose-built facility. The two most
prevalent are budget and real estate. A third

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factor, common sense, is required to drive
the design decision choices relevant to your
immediate and future needs, balanced with
the demands of your working environment.
Starting the lubricant-storage design
process requires answers to three simple
questions through up-front data gathering
and basic decision-making:
 Are you planning to expand operations
in the next five years? If your company is

planning to expand operations in the near
future, you may want to consider room for
growth in the original lubricant-storage
design.
 What plant real estate are you willing
to commit to your lubrication-storage
facility?
 What are you planning to store in your
lubricant-storage facility? (This is not a
trick question.) Typical lubricant-storage

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