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Mike Monday and 4 Critical Actions

March 26, 2018

Over the past few weeks my team has discussed 4 actions critical to successful lubrication maintenance.

- Proper Filtration


-Oil Analysis

-A Lubrication Program

Why make the distinction of proper filtration? Because no one payed attention to the details and so ended up using a filter that was designed for oils of a much higher viscosity. This ended up causing unintended wear on the lower viscosity oil, which in turn caused wear on the machines as the flow rate was far too high. Our underlying assumption made filtration important, but it did not account for different kinds of filtration. This mistake was a good lesson concerning viscosity, and details.

This brings us to the next action item, one which I’ve written about previously and is no less important for it- good training. There is a world of difference between someone that has training and someone using just “common sense.” That same training should both prevent downtime and improve efficiency.

Of course, there is another aspect outside of training when it comes to lubrication maintenance. I’m talking oil analysis. This is a top priority for world class lubrication. Analysis gives us an outsider’s look at the oil and it can also tell us what is in the oil. Knowing what is in the oil gives us new questions. How did that material end up there? Is this particular oil working as it should? When should we change the oil? And so many more. Analysis provides a wealth of information that is otherwise unknown.

The final action is implementing a lubrication program. You might say that the program is the sum of the three actions put into one final, and repeating step. If you don’t have a program, the other actions will fall by the wayside. The program is the plan and implementation of all the actions. It is the how you get from point A to B to C. It is the structure in which a team can communicate effectively. With a program in place everyone should know where they are, and where they are going. The program can improve but it will always have these other actionable elements.

By tying all of these together we are creating better condition for the machines. The overall condition of the oil is improving in all the machines. Success in maintenance is often measured by machines not breaking down. That cannot be achieved through a passive run-to-failure attitude. The whole team must be involved and actively improving existing practices.