April 2003

Special Report: Maintenance/Reliability

Audit your lubrication practices

Payback can usually be measured in days by finding areas that need improvement

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff; Thibault, R., CLS

All HPI facilities use machinery, and every one of these machines requires lubrication of one type or another. Modern, profitability-minded plants thoughtfully manage their lubrication practices and reap substantial benefits from the resulting enhanced equipment reliability. However, not all lubrication practices are cost- and value-optimized. A one-day audit of your lube management practices may uncover near zero-cost improvement opportunities which, if implemented, have paybacks measured in days and may quickly move the plant into the "best-of-class" grouping. Being unaware

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