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Incorrect lubrication is responsible for one-third of equipment failures

06 October 2018

A lubrication expert from Total has stated that almost one-third of food manufacturing equipment failure is a result of inadequate lubricant maintenance and incorrect lubrication. 

Improper lubrication, including using the wrong oil or not using enough oil, leads to increased friction and greater wear, which can lead to breakdown and downtime, and can ultimately impact bottom lines.

Bob Wood, a technical engineer at Total Lubricants, made the calculation based on his industry knowledge and experience at Total. He also estimates that, on average, just 1% of an industrial plant’s overall maintenance budget is allocated to lubricants.  He said: “The lubricants that food manufacturing equipment require to keep it operating smoothly represent a fraction of the cost of the equipment itself. However, it is important this maintenance function is undertaken, with condition monitoring for critical equipment, including oil analysis, vibration analysis and thermography, being carried out regularly.

“Almost one-third of food manufacturing equipment failure, and the associated costs from unplanned downtime and reactive maintenance, could be prevented by having an effective and proactive lubrication strategy in place – It is better to identify problems before they occur, especially when the costs associated with downtime and lost productivity can run into the thousands, and potentially millions of pounds.”

The TOTAL NEVASTANE range of food-safe lubricants meets the NSF H1 Standard and is compliant with ISO 21469 for food safety. The range contains no compounds of animal origin, no allergens or GMO ingredients and is Halal and Kosher certified.  

TOTAL ANAC INDUS is Total’s oil analysis service, which utilises expert diagnostic and preventative information to help identify and prevent machinery health issues, and TIG 6, its optimised maintenance software for managing industrial lubricants.


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