KZN INDUSTRIAL & BUSINESS NEWS – OCTOBER 2015
When a piece of heavy industrial equipment fails, the cost is usually far greater than merely replacing damaged parts.
The danger to workers and the downtime that the failure may bring can be crippling. Often, a machine breaks down from something as simple as a lack of lubrication, or use of a product not best suited to the equipment, states Filter Focus.
"Lubricants perform many essential functions wthin machiner,. including cooling, transferring power, reducing friction, preventing wear and tear, and minimising deposits and contaminants. With additive technology becoming more and more sophisticated, understanding the lubricant you're investing in has become more important tor operational staff and engineers," they assert.
While components break down and wear is inevitable wth any machinery, using superior lubricants designed specifically for the equipment in use and the job at hand can prevent the wear of parts. According to Filter Focus, visual inspection of components coupled with planned maintenance and a log of when a machine's parts were last lubricated is key to keeping costs down and efficiency up.
"As a wear control specialist, Filter Focus' involvement in implementing comprehensive lubrication and filtration programmes at sites in a number of industries has resulted in massive cost savings, as well as major reductions in energy and oil consumption, and less machine failures." the say.
Filter Focus points out that contaminated lubricants dramatically reduce the life of lubrication system components.
What is little understood is that all lubricants are contaminated, it is just the levels of contamination that differ, and this is no different with brand new, unused oils.
The role of lubricants in contamination management is critical, as abrasive dust and wear particles constantly build up in the machinery, regardless of the preventive measures taken. This highlights the need for effective lubricants and micro-fine bypass filtration as an essential part of the maintenance programme.
With the enhancements in lubricants perfoming a variety of functions per piece of equipment and project, Filter Focus stresses that it's vital that customers know exactly what they're buying and what each lubricant bringsto their bottom line.
''Most importantly, Filter Focus provides a faster, safer clean-up process, higher production, Iower energy consumption, while producing less hazardous waste. These are vital aspects of environmental responsibility and compliance," they conclude.