Sustainability through Oil Monitoring
GET THE LONGEST SERVICE LIFE POSSIBLE OUT OF YOUR EQUIPMENT.
Food grade lubricants are a contentious topic in many food processing plants but are an essential part of the food safety programme implemented by most manufacturers. Food grade lubricants contain the specifications required by many processors to meet the standard requirement of their customers and to minimise the risk of product contamination. In application, food grade lubricants today perform as well as their non-food grade counterparts dismissing any notion of their poor lubricating properties.
Although food grade lubricants can be more expensive due to their quality requirements, we can utilise the services of oil monitoring to ensure that you get the longest service life possible out of your lubricants. Besides economic considerations, monitoring critical equipment in your plant may protect against sudden failure if the problem is picked up earlier in the monitoring programme. This could save considerable downtime for your plant at critical times of production, such as those plants which are seasonally based.
“Investing in a comprehensive oil monitoring
programme has the potential to save significant
costs, both in preventing damage to expensive
machinery, and assessing lubricant service life.”
Oil analysis monitoring programmes are an important tool in ensuring lubricants function correctly in their intended applications. Specifically, the four objectives of a monitoring programme are: detecting abnormal wear in equipment, detecting contaminants in the lubricant, determining the condition of the oil itself, and identifying any abnormal operating conditions in the functioning of equipment. The advantages of an oil monitoring programme include: detecting small problems before they become significant issues, avoiding the costs associated with unscheduled downtime and lost production, optimizing operating costs, maximization of oil drain intervals, and determining filtration requirements. Put simply, investing in a comprehensive oil monitoring programme has the potential to save significant costs, both in preventing damage to expensive machinery, and assessing lubricant service life.
If oil monitoring appeals as an additional maintenance tool for servicing the equipment in your processing plant, the technical specialist team at Total Oil NZ would be pleased to discuss the various options available to you. Consequently, if you require further information or advice on the use of food grade lubricants in your plant, please make contact and our experienced food grade specialists can discuss your operational requirements.