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feature | lubrication strategies
 fire-suppression systems
 fire-emergency plan logged with local fire
department.
Location will have an impact on the initial facility build cost and ongoing operating costs but, in
most cases, these pale when compared to the cost
of poor lubrication practices.

DELIVERY TO END POINT
When storing and transferring lubricants within
the storage facility, following a few simple rules
will minimize contamination and spills:
 Use dedicated storage tanks, pumps, and
transfer equipment; one set per lubricant. Label
all equipment with the appropriate lubricant
identification.
 Ensure storage tanks always have their fi ll
caps and breathers securely in place.
 Implement a regular-cleaning preventive-maintenance work order for all tanks, reservoirs, and transfer equipment.
 Transfer bulk oil from tote to lube truck or

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container using dedicated fi lter carts that will
clean the oil during the transfer process.
 Use quick-connect couplings for pump transfer wherever possible.
 Avoid use of suction/fi ll wands.
 Don't use open makeshift transfer containers.
 Never leave lubricant containers open after
transfer has taken place.
 Use color-coded containers that match transfer container to lubricant reservoir.
 Log all reservoir-fi ll dates or drum, barrel,
pail receipt dates and rotate stock in a FIFO rotation. Dedicated transfer and fill equipment are an
integral part of the lubricant-storage facility and
will need to be included in the build cost.
With a build-specification-requirement list in
hand, the information can be passed to a lubrication-storage-facility design specialist company.
It can then put together a design proposal that's
assured to best meet your site's needs. You will
likely only get one chance to build your lubricant
storage facility, use it wisely. EP

Contributing editor
Ken Bannister is coauthor, with Heinz Bloch,
of the book Practical
Lubrication for Industrial
Facilities, 3rd Edition
(The Fairmont Press,
Lilburn, GA). As managing
partner and principal
consultant for Engtech
Industries Inc., Innerkip,
Ontario, he specializes
in the implementation of
lubrication-effectiveness
reviews to ISO 55001
standards, assetmanagement systems,
and training. Contact
him at kbannister@
engtechindustries.com, or
telephone 519-469-9173.

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