Grease is essential to keep equipment running efficiently and minimize wear damage. In order to accomplish this task, the lubricant must be in good working condition. Industrial grease and other kinds of lubricants start to degrade once put into service. Working conditions like heat, loading forces, and contamination can cause the grease to deteriorate, negatively affecting its lubricating capability. If the lubricating capability is compromised, so does equipment life and performance.
The primary purpose of lubricant analysis is to prevent the aforementioned problem from happening. After the grease is put into service, periodical testing is performed to determine the rate of deterioration which is then used to determine the schedule for reapplication. The aim is to replace or reapply grease before deterioration can affect equipment performance and health.
Aside from being a preventative maintenance process, lubricant analysis is also used for troubleshooting. The result of the analysis can be used to detect problems in their early stages which can help full-blown failures from occurring. The condition of the grease is helpful for identifying problems way before equipment shows signs of trouble.
The frequency of grease analysis differs according to equipment. Lubricant analysis can be costly if done unmindfully. Lubricant analysis must be frequently performed for critical equipment. Critical equipment refers to those that have the highest value to the operation. These are the equipment that when experience failures can really affect productivity or halt the operation.
Industrial lubricants are very important in the modern economy. Industries are all over the world producing important machines and other materials that are important for our daily needs. However, lubricating oil can also present a danger whenever disposed of in the wrong manner. There are several alternatives that can be used instead of disposing the lubricants and this not only reduces the impact of the lubricant on the environment, but also provides for an eco-friendly mode of disposal. In the next couple of paragraphs, we will take a brief look at this very important issue and how it affects us all.
In the industry, there may be times when you have to dispose the lubricants. For instance, when the lubricant has been contaminated by another substance. However, most of the time, throwing away the lubricant is just like throwing away precious money since there are better ways to make use of the lubricant. It also has a direct impact on the plant and animal life around us which could eventually lead to impacting the quality of our lives as well.
When industry lubricants are disposed, they pose serious threats to the environment. This is a threat we are all trying to eliminate by going green. By being eco-friendly and purifying or re-using the lubricants in the industry, we save a lot of money that would have been spent buying more industry lubricants. There is the risk of pollution to the environment around us which degrades the quality of the soil as well as killing the living organisms that are in the soil and water bodies nearby. This has a very huge impact to the entire ecosystems hence the need for better lubricant disposal methods. This will mean a better environment around us and more savings for industries.