Effective lubrication management is vital to unlock potential TCO savings. It helps deliver value from improved productivity and reductions in lubricant consumption, maintenance and operating costs. Only 42% of companies have all the correct lubrication management procedures in place1.
The six steps of lubrication management
Better lubrication management ultimately leads to higher efficiency and less equipment downtime. These are the six key steps.
Six steps for better lubrication management
Right storage & handling – the lubricant must be stored in the right conditions and handled correctly to avoid contamination and preserve its key characteristics
Right place – for the oil or grease to reach the right surface it must be properly applied to the equipment
Right time – the correct frequency of oil change or re-greasing ensures the lubricant reaches the surface at the right time. Delays can result in accelerated wear
Right amount – the correct volume of lubricant or grease applied and topped up to protect moving parts effectively
Right monitoring – regular sampling and analysis to ensure the lubricant remains fit for purpose and check for early indications of equipment wear. Inspections also ensure the consistent application of the first four steps. For a complete analysis service, Shell offers LubeAnalyst
Right people – the competence of those who lubricate equipment can greatly affect its positive impact, particularly when it comes to ensuring all of the above happens
- This study commissioned by Shell Lubricants and conducted by research firm Edelman Intelligence, polled 493 decision-makers in the manufacturing industry in eight countries (Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Russia, the UK and the US) from November to December 2015.