Lubrication Standards

In Step 3 of Autonomous Maintenance, overall cleaning, inspection, and lubrication standards are established. Overall cleaning and inspections include bolt torquing or tightening, minor calibration, adjustments, replacement of worn parts, and visual process-related, temperature, pressure, or flow checks.

Tips for inspection:

  • Don’t stop at problems you can see. Look for indications of hidden problems such as loose fastenings, slight vibration, abnormal temperatures, and other problems detectable by the senses.
  • Watch for worn pulleys and parts, and clogged filters.

Lubrication standards ensure the right amount of lubrication is applied to friction surfaces at the right time.

Using the right method means using clean lubricants, specified tools, and specified inlets or grease fittings. Even if you are adding lubricant regularly, check to see if the lubricant is reaching the surface intended.

When establishing lubrication standards, avoid creating standards that are merely theoretical or ideal. Your lubrication standards must be reliable and realistic, and based on experience or the operating manual.

Lubrication standards need to include:

  • Inlet locations
  • Method for checking
  • Lubrication method
  • Lubrication type
  • Lubrication tools
  • Schedule
  • Time allotted for lubrication
  • Person responsible

Easy to follow visual tools should be used to distinguish different types of lubricants to ensure proper lubrication practices. Marking minimum and maximum levels on oil gauges and color coding fittings are other visual techniques.

  • Distinguish lubricants by color coding their storage containers
  • Use the same colors at machine inlets
  • Color code lubrication tools

Color coding mistake-proofs the process, giving operators an easy way to check whether they are using the correct lubricant for that lubrication inlet.

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