Failure Modes from not having adequate Lubricant Storage
- Dust and contaminants from process on storage drums openings
- Dust and contaminants from environment on storage drums openings
- Dust or contaminants on lube equipment
- Containers, buckets, funnels, grease guns, etc.
- Dust and contaminants on lube storage containers
- Ambient moisture in lube storage area
- Moisture over time gets into lube storage equipment and containers reducing component life
- Moisture from ambient environment
- Areas where humidity is high allows moisture to be present and penetrate lube storage equipment
- Desiccant breathers are a must on every drum and storage container
Uncontrolled environment for storage
- FM and moisture should not be present in storage areas
- Lubrication rooms must be ambient controlled for longer lube life
- Lubes and greases must not exceed 70 deg F if you expect long life cycles of the lubricants
Improper storage of lube application equipment
- Lube equipment must be kept clean and particle free
- Particles over 10 microns will cause component wear and reduced component life.
- Most lube areas have 40-100 micron particles on all lube application equipment
Lack of training on Lubrication Excellence practices
This is the most common failure mode. Lack of knowledge on the reduced life of components due to as little as 1% moisture and particles over 10 micron causes reduced life of rotating components. As much as 70% reduced life!
Storage of other chemicals or contaminants in lube storage area
- Lube rooms are designed for only lube products
- Contamination must be kept to zero
Lubrication Storage Rooms make lubrication storage a clean, cost-effective, and simple portable turnkey solution. These rooms if maintained properly can eliminate nearly all Failure Modes associated with storing lubricants.