How to Look After Your Industrial Lubricants

Published: Wed, 28 Aug 2019

How to Look After Your Industrial Lubricants

You might not be familiar with what industrial lubricant is, but the chances are that if you work in a certain industry then you’ll be familiar with this material which keeps engines and vehicles running smoothly. Industrial lubricant is used by a wide range of sectors, including the industrial, commercial, agricultural, automotive and marine industries. It’s essential to keep operations running efficiently, but there are potential problems which can arise; either from using the wrong amount or type of lubricant, or contamination from an outside source. If you want to know more about industrial lubricants and how to keep them in tiptop condition, see below for how to look after these products.

 

What is industrial lubricant?

The term ‘industrial lubricant’ covers a wide range of compounds that includes fluids, greases and oils. They are used by the industries mentioned above to lessen wear and tear of machinery and materials, while also reducing friction. They also reduce the heat generated by moving parts rubbing against each other, which helps to lessen the corrosion of machine parts. Not having the right lubricant or a contaminated supply can rapidly slow down production of your business, so read on to see how you can prevent these problems from occurring.

 

Monitor your lubricants

It’s important to regularly check your lubricant supply to ensure that it stays in good condition, and monitor and log any changes in the condition. Labelling each lubricant is also extremely helpful, especially if you need many different types for different machines. A smart way to label each type of lubricant is with information about its base type, application and viscosity; this method also means that less experienced workers can apply the right one, saving you time in the long run.

 

Check for contamination

Contamination can compromise the lubricant’s performance, and even cause damage to your engines and machinery. Poorly fitting lids or lubricants that are left in exposed containers can lead to dust and dirt getting in and contaminating the supply. Ensure all containers have properly fitting lids and covers, and check that all funnels and other equipment are clean before pouring the lubricant into the machine. 

You should be extra vigilant during cold weather too, as frost can cause issues with your lubricants. Store containers in a warm dry place during winter, and check on the products regularly to make sure they haven’t frozen over.

 

Use the right amount

It might sound obvious, but using both too much or too little lubricant can both cause issues. Too much can raise the temperature of your machinery and lead to premature wear and tear. Too little lubricant is often easier to spot, as excess heat and sound often comes off the machine; again leading to wear and tear and eventual machine failure if left unsolved.

 

If you need high-quality industrial lubricants in Bridgwater or Taunton, get in touch with Western Fuel. We stock a full range of lubricants that are suitable for the industrial, marine, agricultural and automotive industries to name just a few, and our expert team is on hand to advise about the best lubricant for your business. To discuss your requirements or place an order, give us a call or visit the website today.

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