For rotating or reciprocating assets, lubrication is a fundamental pillar of any reliability driven asset management strategy.
Done correctly it can result in long, reliable machine service. Done poorly, lubrication can equate to hidden losses that can account for as much as 10-30% of the maintenance budget. While precision lubrication is not complicated, it requires careful attention to detail beyond simply choosing the right lubricant for each machine. Precision lubrication requires that the lubricant itself be treated as an asset and that the health and cleanliness of the lubricant be managed from point of delivery to the time when the oil needs to be changed or the bearing needs to be re-greased.
Lubrication Elements comprise 51 individual elements, sub-divided into the common components of a holistic lubrication program, including lubricant selection, lubricant application, lubricant storage and handling, contamination control and sampling and inspections. Taken together they comprise a easy to understand framework of Lubrication Asset Management consistent with the Uptime Elements Reliability Framework and Asset Management System.