When Lube-Tech's Tom Bjellos, a Certified Lubrication Specialist, walks into a food packaging plant his thoughts and observations are all about making things more efficient. That means not only suggesting the proper lubricants, but consolidating the products used to keep the plant's machinery running at optimum efficiency.
Lubricant suppliers such as ExxonMobil do not recommend use of their lubricants beyond the stated shelf life. But for the average user, identifying an expired lubricant may not be as easy as it is with something such as food, where “best used by” dates are prominently displayed, and rotten food is pretty obvious. Knowing a little about lubricants can help users determine if lubricants are OK to use or should be recycled.
Nothing can be more frustrating to a machinist than premature tool wear. This not only costs money in tooling, it results in longer job times and often higher scrap. It’s easy to blame the tool, but is it really the tool’s fault? Many times it’s not.
“Most times, when part quality is in question, there is really some underlying issue with a machining fluid that can be determined through lab analysis,” said Lube-Tech Industrial Market Manager Luke Bame. “The solution can be as simple as improved filtration, concentration maintenance, contamination reduction, or in some cases the job may require a different or custom fluid.”
In the world of lubricants, inventory costs are a universal concern in an industry that has forced many companies to go lean. Protecting inventory is critical and proper storage of lubricants will insure quality and prevent waste. Following lubricant storage best practices will help increase efficiency in your operation.