In response to a frequently cited study from M.I.T. that estimates approximately $240 billion-six to seven percent of the United States’ gross national productis lost due to downtime and repairs to manufacturing equipment damaged by poor lubrication, Dow Corning, manufacturer of Molykote® brand industrial lubricants, recommends the following tips:
Stay informed on the latest advances in lubrication products and maintenance techniques. Many suppliers offer basic courses that cover the fundamentals of friction, lubricant selection, storage, handling and dispensing.
Implement an oil analysis program through which lubricant degradation, abnormal machine wear, and time between oil changes can be tracked.
Ask for advice from qualified lubricant specialist who can provide the training and tools needed to properly maintain a production line.
“With a working knowledge of the basics of machinery lubrication and careful attention to the applications and conditions of their lubricants, plant managers can reduce manufacturing costs by preventing costly damage caused by poor lubrication,” said Phil Grellier, Dow Corning Global Solutions Development Manager.