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When manufacturing
demand calls for
faster operation or
requires assets to
sit idle, there are
several steps you can
take to protect the
moving parts.

feature | lubrication strategies

Are Your
Lubrication Practices
Mark Barnes, PhD CMRP, Des-Case Corp.

Disaster Proof?
MACHINE RELIABILITY IS closely tied
to consistency-consistency in operation,
consistency in function, and consistency
in (proper) maintenance. As W. Edwards
Deming put it, "uncontrolled variation
is the enemy of quality." Under normal
circumstances, consistency can be readily
achieved through standardized processes,
documentation (procedures), and training.
However, what happens when we are forced
to change our "normal?" How can we react
to ensure that the "uncontrolled variation"
that is thrown at us does not affect our

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ability to operate and maintain our assets at
a high level?

PRODUCTION CHANGE CAUSES
Changes to production schedules are caused
by several factors. Seasonable variability in
some industries, such as fresh-food processing, naturally leads to peaks and troughs
in production and, hence, maintenance.
Likewise, natural business cycles, driven by
economic conditions, have a significant
impact on resource industries such as mining or oil and gas, which consistently seem

When outside
forces affect
normal
manufacturing
processes, adapt
your lubrication
systems.

to be operating in either feast-or-famine
mode. For people in those industries, this is
nothing new and they plan accordingly.
However, what happens when economic
turmoil or natural disasters that no one
could have foretold affect our production
and maintenance schedules? How can we
ensure that our equipment is protected?

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SHUTS DOWN
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