How to unify and streamline the brand of lubricants?

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Lubrication management is an important work of equipment maintenance. Have you ever noticed how many kinds of lubricants and greases are used on the same machine, and are their brands very miscellaneous? From the perspective of equipment health, we should try our best to unify the brands of lubricants, and talk to you about one aspect of equipment management optimization through this article: streamlining the brands of lubricants in use.

1. What are the benefits?

Streamline in the use of lubricating oil, grease brand has the following advantages:

Streamlining supply channels: By streamlining oil brands, suppliers can be streamlined, the logistics supply process of lubricants is a high-risk link of adulteration and pollution, and a wide variety of suppliers will increase the instability of oil quality. Identifying a reliable lubricant brand and choosing a reliable supplier can help with accountability and management.

Optimize inventory: The brand of oil products is unified, which can make the inventory more organized and reduce unnecessary backlog and waste. Lubricating oil will gradually oxidize during storage. The advantage of unified brand is that following the principle of "first in, first out", the types of lubricating oil are reduced, the outbound use of the same kind of lubricating oil is increased, and the freshness of lubricating oil in stock can be maintained as much as possible.

Avoid out of stock: For brands that are in short supply and prone to running out of stock in the market, they can be cleaned up.

Oil is more convenient: Using oil is more convenient:For preventing misuse of lubricating oil,fewer brands......which machines should use what kind of oil.. In addition, unifying the brand of lubricants can reduce the problem of mixing and cross-contamination of lubricants. In addition, containers, tools and oil filtering equipment for sub-packaging and filling lubricating oil are also easy to cause contact between different lubricating oils. The more complicated the brand is, the greater the possibility of confusion and cross contact is. Unifying the brand of lubricants can also reduce the input of these appliances.

Oil upgrading is more convenient: The oil brand is unified, and it is more convenient to replace lubricating oil when upgrading and introducing new products.

Optimize the equipment management of large enterprises: large factories have many Equipments, lubrication points may be tens of thousands, and lubricating oil’s brands are very complicated. If such enterprises optimize and unify lubricating oil brands, they will obtain obvious benefits and improve the reliability of equipment.

2. Possible risks:

Although unified lubricating oil brand has many conveniences and benefits, there are certain risks in the process. In the process of unified brand, there must be a process of merger and replacement of certain products. This requires suppliers to make scientific lubricating oil selection scheme with machines. Only professional lubricating oil suppliers can do this work well. When unifying and streamlining lubricating oil brands, we should pay attention to prevent these problems:

Incompatibility between new oil and old oil: When unifying and streamlining the brand of lubricating oil, it involves the compatibility between the original lubricating oil and the lubricating oil to be used now. Sometimes there is the rest of the old oil in the machine, which is slowly replaced and discharged during the process of oil change every time , so the compatibility test must be done between the new oil and the old oil. In addition,it is necessary to find a way to completely drain and clean away the old oil .

Incompatibility between the machine and the new oil: Before switching, fully understand whether the machine and the new oil are compatible. Whether the base oil and additives of the new oil will affect the parts of the machine that come into contact with, including seals, metal parts, metal surfaces, internal coatings, pipes, filters, and possible oil contact, etc.

3. How to avoid risks:

Important equipment should be treated with caution: The brand of unified lubricating oil often involves the problem of lubricating oil conversion. We suggest that important equipment should be treated separately. For important equipment, the opinions of the equipment manufacturer (OEM) should be integrated, and the professional lubrication specialist ......,then give a reliable oil replacement plan and subsequent oil monitoring should also be carried out to monitor whether the situation during the transition period is normal, otherwise do not change at will. Looking for the most reliable laboratory?

Pay attention to viscosity: It is necessary to choose the viscosity of lubricating oil.

Pay attention to the performance of lubricating oil: Sometimes, the selected brand has a variety of oils of the same type to choose from. Do not choose cheap oil with poor performance. Use lubricating oil with stable performance according to the specific working conditions of the equipment. Under the premise of good compatibility with the system and suitable for the equipment, do not choose oil with "will make do" performance for the sake of cost. High-performance lubricating oil does not mean waste. High-quality lubricating oil pays off in terms of energy saving and reducing the number of oil changes.

4. Basic methods:

How to unify and streamline the brand of lubricants? The following are the most basic steps:

Select the target lubrication point: pick out the important equipment and lubrication points ,then treat them separately.

Brand classification: count the varieties and types of lubricating oil in use, and group lubricating oil according to categories, for example, ISO 32 turbine oil is grouped into one group, ISO 460 EP gear oil (ISO 460 extreme pressure gear oil) is grouped, etc.

Select the target brand: select the brand with good performance from each group of lubricating oil. As the brand to be selected, the selection criteria are mainly two aspects: dosage and performance. For example, in the ISO 32 turbine oil group, brand A uses a large amount and has good performance, then brand A can be listed as a target brand. Properties such as: good oxidation stability, good oil film strength, high viscosity index, good anti-emulsification performance, clean dispersion, and so on.

Consider the compatibility of each oil of the alternative brand: whether the oil is compatible with the machine and the original lubricating oil when the oil is replaced.

After the oil is replaced, the new oil should pay more attention to the operating state of the equipment at the initial stage of operation and check whether there are leakage, noise, temperature rise, abnormal vibration, abnormal energy consumption and other problems. For important equipment, oil detection should be used to monitor the status of the equipment during the transition period.