As a maintenance professional no one has to tell you the importance of an effective Preventive Maintenance (PM) program or the many keys to such a program such as inventory/spare parts, resource allocation, scheduling and of course documentation. An important subset of your PM program has to include lube routes.
So what are some of the key factors to take into consideration when building out your lube routes?
- The equipment itself, often a single piece of manufacturing equipment will have many lube points it is important to document each point
- What type of lubrications will be used
- Are samples needed
- Frequency of lubrication
- Maintenance Technician resource to conduct lube route
Now that you have identified the key factors of your lube route, let’s remember some of the goals of a lube route.
The # 1 goal is keep the equipment functioning at the highest efficiency.
- Lube routes as part of a PM program are also part of an effective Predictive Maintenance program through sampling and observation.
- Efficiency in conducting the lube route, your maintenance personnel’s time is valuable
- Ease of documentation of lube routes
What to look for in a system for documenting your lube routes.
- The system has to be mobile with the capability of working on or offline
- Detailed instructions along with pictures and or video’s on where the lube points are located and how the task should be completed
- Grouping of equipment and nestled work orders, remember it is about efficiency so not only how you move through the plant but also what similar equipment will be lubed. This also must include the ability to leave open or to close out lubrication task based on a singular piece of equipment. This ensures that equipment/lube points that had to be skipped for one reason or another is noted so that the task is completed at it earliest date.
- Documentation and trending analysis of sample testing results
- Inventory and spare part tracking; lubricants, filters, etc.
- Tied into your overall CMMS/EAM system for resource planning, order submittal to purchasing and of course tied to the complete history of the equipment of all maintenance related tasks.
Sometimes it is the littlest things that can cause the biggest problems, you would never think of neglecting your car’s engine oil, brake fluid or transmission fluid as you know full well the cost that can occur. A poorly designed and lack of documented lube routes can cost an organization in multiple ways, equipment failures/break downs, lost production time and possible personnel injury.
Let the professionals at API Maintenance review your current lube route functionality and show you how APIPRO’s Inspection module can optimize your lube route functionality saving you time and money.