Whenever we experience contamination in our oil our instant reaction or resort is to change the lubricant and replace it with a new one. But the question is, is our new oil free from contaminants? Contact Minimac for oil check: Contact us.
Lubricants are supplied in two forms i.e. in bulk through tankers and in the packaged form such as steel drums, plastic drums/cans. Both of these options are prone to the risk of lubricant degradation in storage. Let’s understand how to maintain fresh and clean inventory.
1. Product Labelling: This is key to avoid any cross-contamination or old stocking of lubricants. A label should reflect the following:
a. The date container has been opened.
b. Purchase & delivery date of the drum
c. Product name
d. Inventory code
e. Storage location
f. Min & Max inventory levels
2. Inventory management: Minimum and Maximum levels of the lubricants should be set in order to manage the ordering of the oils to avoid degradation.
3. Product usage: We suggest that lubricants should be used in the same sequence as they are bought i.e. FIFO (First In, First Out).
But even after doing all the above steps, it has been observed that sometimes there is water contamination in sealed oil drums due to frequent temperature changes/rain waterlogging on the top of the drums, sometimes there is rust particle contamination due to usage of a recycled drum by the seller. To avoid this even the new oil should be filtered to achieve cleanliness code 14/13/11 as per ISO 4406 to ensure the health of the machines. If you are starting this practice now, we advise you to get your system flushed too to get rid of any varnish/contaminant residue left in the system.
We at Minimac Systems Pvt Ltd. not only design a maintenance schedule for the lubrication oil but also provide a range of OIL PURIFICATION SYSTEMS & FLUSHING SYSTEMS. Minimac stands for MINImum MAChinery Maintenance.
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