This is the 3nd in a 9 part Lubrication Practices Benchmarking Study produced by Mike Johnson, CMRP and Terrence O'Hanlon, CMRP, Reliabilityweb.com.

In this third articles addressing lubrication program benchmarking we will take a look at the way lubricants are selected. If you missed the previous articles you also missed the first step in grading the plant machine lubrication practice.

You can find previous on-line survey's and the articles introducing the series and the first two parts of the lubrication program benchmark process at www.maintenancebenchmarking.com

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Standardized Lubricant Selection Criteria for Oil

* 1. Lubricant viscosity and additive type specifications are in place for each machine oil sump

* 2. Each application for viscosity and additive selection is based on standardized industry practices or direct OEM advice

* 3. There is a plant record for each lubricant viscosity and additive type specification for each machine sump

* 4. The plant record explains what the lubricant specification is for each sump, and how it was derived

Standardized Lubricant Selection Criteria for Grease

* 5. Lubricant NLGI grade, oil viscosity and additive type specifications are in place for each machine grease sump

* 6. Each grease application (viscosity and additive selection) is based on standardized industry practices or direct OEM advice

* 7. There is a plant record for each grease (NLGI, oil viscosity and additive type) specification for each machine sump

* 8. The plant record explains what the grease specification is for each sump, and how it was derived

Standardized Lubricant Selection Criteria for Use of High Performance Products

* 9. Exceptional operating conditions are identified that warrant the use of high performance products

* 10. Each defined operating condition (temperature, HP, RPM, chemical contaminant concentration, etc.) is assigned a numerical range that invokes the use of the high performance product

* 11. For each exception, and use of a high performance product, a viscosity and additive type specification is in place

* 12. The high performance application ( viscosity and additive selection) is based on standardized industry practices or direct OEM advice.

* 13. There is a plant record for each machine sump designated as a high performance product application

* 14. The plant record explains what the high performance specification is for each sump, and how it was derived

Standardized Selection Criteria for Lubricant Application Volumes

* 15. Each lubricant application has been evaluated for a specific sump or replenishment volume requirement

* 16. Each volume designation is based on either specific OEM advice, or a systematic method for calculating the required volume

* 17. There is an identifier at each lubricant sump that indicates to the operator/technician the specific volume designated for the sump

Standardized Lubricant Selection Criteria for Application Frequencies

* 18. Each lubricant application has been evaluated for a specific replenishment frequency requirement

* 19. Each replenishment frequency is based on either specific OEM advice, or a systematic method for calculating the optimal frequency

* 20. There is an identifier at each lubricant sump that indicates to the operator/technician the designated replenishment interval or frequency

Standardized Selection Criteria for Lubricant Application Methods

* 21. Exceptional operating conditions are identified that warrant the use of automatic or semi-automatic replenishment

* 22. Each defined operating condition (temperature, HP, RPM, Chemical contaminant concentration, etc.) is assigned a numerical range that invokes the use of the auto/semi-automatic application method

* 23. For each application that requires the use of a auto/semi-automatic application method, a viscosity and additive type specification is in place that accommodates the machine requirements for the given type of replenshment method

* 24. For each instance of auto/semi-automatic application methods, the lubricant ( viscosity and additive selection) designation is based on standardized industry practices or direct OEM advice.

* 25. There is a plant record for each machine sump designated for automatic/semi-automatic product application

* 26. The plant record explains what the auto/semi-automatic specification is for each sump, and how it was derived

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