Analyzing a Plant’s Lubricant Needs

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.

“Consolidation is good for everyone, especially the machinery operators and plant managers,” said Bjellos. “Why use six or eight different lubricants when you can use two?”

That’s exactly what Bjellos and the Lube-Tech team have done at multiple manufacturing plants. Reducing the number of lubricants not only improves business efficiency, choosing the proper lubricants improves machine efficiency and optimizes production. Getting there starts with a Lube-Tech Solutions Specialist visiting the plant for an audit.

“Audits make people nervous, but when we come in we’re not looking for what a plant is doing wrong, we’re looking for ways to make their machinery work better and be more efficient,” said Bjellos. “In the long run this equals more profit for the plant.”

Common Audit Terms

Audit – A plant audit will determine where lubrication inefficiencies lie, including redundancies and where improvements can be made

Insuring Specifications – The last thing anyone wants is a recall. Making sure all lubricants meet required specifications is key to compliance

Expert Analysis – Fluid analysis can solve problems before they become an issue

Customized Machinery Tags – Marking all machinery for its specified fluids simplifies the maintenance process eliminating lubrication mistakes

Training Employees – Teaching workers how to use fluids properly and what to look for if something is going wrong is the first line of defense