Industrial lubricants are minor but mighty components in machining, production, and maintaining high-value equipment. Many fluids are highly sensitive to their environment and exposure rates, so the dispensing process is critical and must be done properly. This article will discuss the most valuable takeaways from the dispensing process and guide you through appropriate measures.
Consider the Container Source
The volume source directly relates to the originating container. If your lubricant comes from bulk storage containers, this will make a significant difference in your dispensing methods. Likewise, if the container is small for proportionally controlled volumes, it’s vital these direct-use containers are appropriate to the fluid’s chemical composition.
Any time a container experiences mishandling or exposure to various elements, you risk contamination of the lubricant, which can alter the way it performs. Ensure all containers are viable before use and that bulk storage containers are designed for long-term purposes.
Maintain Management System Standards
Without proper labeling measures and a fluids management system, you run the risk of misaligning the lubricants with the machinery or necessary equipment. Some pieces of heavy-duty equipment require specific lubricants because of things like viscosity, filtration, and chemical composition.
If you are not labeling and managing these fluids appropriately, you run the risk of dispensing lubricants incorrectly. This creates a general safety risk to the facility and operating team members. Additionally, the labels will help direct team members to the proper lubrication method and deter an inaccurate dispense.
Use a Regulated Vessel
Each time the lubricants leave their container source, they must be housed in regulated vessels. This transfer process is critical to overall performance ratings, so it’s vital these vessels are regulated and ideal for the lubricant.
It’s also advantageous to ensure the vessel is capable of properly dispensing the fluids into their home device. This way, you eliminate the risk of an unnecessary transfer before final dispensing and decrease the chances of contamination. A few common vessel options include:
- Hose reels
- Air-powered pumps
- Controlled dispense valves
It’s essential to choose the most appropriate dispensing technique relative to the lubricant, source container, and receiving equipment.
Dispensing industrial lubricants the proper way involves many small steps, but the process is incredibly important to machinery and overall production demands. With these notes in mind, you can avoid costly accidents and contaminated fluids.