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Cost savings through lubrication monitoring

03 February 2020

According to Tim Parish, of FUCHS Lubricants’ Specialty Division selecting the right products and using them in the correct quantities will help ensures optimum performance and longevity of production machinery. 

For an average production facility, lubricant purchases normally amount to just 3% of a maintenance budget. Despite this, lubrication related activities can influence an estimated 40% of total maintenance costs.

FUCHS, which manufactures a range of food-safe lubricants under its CASSIDA brand, has seen great success with its FLUIDS LIVE monitoring system. This web-based recording, tracking and reporting tool with integrated KPI measurements, can be accessed via Android devices.

It is designed to provide instant access to key data, enabling faster and more informed decision making to help maximise reliability through an effective lubrication strategy.

 “FLUIDS LIVE has the capability to set routine lubrication tasks, ensure that these are being actioned, or recorded if not, but also to record data on the health of plant through measurement techniques such as oil sampling and vibration monitoring,” said Parish. “It provides critical information to ensure that necessary maintenance tasks are undertaken promptly, to maximise asset care and sustain output levels. It’s all designed to cater for increasing skill shortages and takes the guess work away.”

A reporting module allows for the creation of bespoke reports such history of fluid usage, lubrication routes completed, exception reporting and associated costs of lubricants.

Parish went on to stress that even with advanced technical insight the basic principles of lubrication should never be forgotten to ensure optimum reliability and maximum benefits. It is important to ensure that the right lubricant is used, in the right quantity, at the right time, at the right point using the right method. “The starting point of an effective lubrication programme always has to be the detailed mapping of all machine lubrication points, their working conditions, lubrication requirements and criticality,” said Parish. “It is then about securing best practices, such as tagging, and colour coding of lubrication points to avoid cross contamination and making the decision on whether to lubricate manually or automatically.”

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