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Reliability Centered Lubrication May Turn Out to be Your Best Investment so Far

Wouter Bogaerts | Director Reliability Centered Lubrication Activities, I-Care Group

Many issues with industrial assets are inextricably connected to lubrication. Too little lubrication, too much or simply using the wrong product.

Did you know?

  • 82% of all mechanical wear caused by lubricant contamination
  • 40% of bearing failures appear before end-of-life due to bad lubrication
  • 75% of reduction in bearing life with only 1,000ppm of water in oil

Source: National Research Council of Canada in conjunction with the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers

There are multiple reasons why companies fail to lubricate well. For example, in many organizations, it has long been customary to assign a single employee to this task. When such a person leaves the company, valuable knowledge disappears. In some cases, these responsibilities have been transferred to multiple employees with other specialties and as a secondary task, which leads to lubrication not getting the attention it deserves. Another reason why lubrication programs fail is the lack of a reliable system to monitor tasks and processes. As Peter Drucker once famously said, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.”

To assess these problems and to optimize the reliability of assets, I-care provides companies with an effective Reliability Centered Lubrication (RCL) solution.

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Wouter Bogaerts Director Reliability Centered Lubrication Activities, I-Care Group