Avoid These Common Metal Lubrication Mistakes At All Costs

Avoid These Common Metal Lubrication Mistakes At All Costs

Posted by SOC on Feb 20th 2019

A recent international study revealed that only 42% of manufacturing companies have all the correct procedures in place to manage lubricants effectively, and 63% believe they don't conduct staff training on lubricants as regularly as they should. That being said, it's not uncommon for even experienced individuals to make some common mistakes when it comes to applying and maintaining lubricant for metal work. Here are just a few mistakes to avoid when applying proper lubrication to metal work.

Using Low Quality Lubricants

First, using low-quality lubricants can cause serious issues with any type of metal work or machinery. These lubricants often aren't made to withstand certain conditions, or they simply don't work. Of course, this could be the result of user error as well -- it's important to know how often to apply lubricants as well as the proper application method. However, a higher quality lubricant is likely to work more efficiently regardless of conditions or application frequency.

Not Considering Operating Conditions

As mentioned, neglecting to consider the potentially wide range of operations conditions for your metal work or machinery can pose a serious issue. In addition to considering whether the equipment is normally operated in a dry or moist environment, you'll have to determine technical specs. These include the types of loads, operating temperatures, and speeds your equipment normally exercises. For this information, you may have to consult the manufacturer's manual.

Not Storing Specialty Lubricants Properly

Finally, it's essential to store your lubricant for metal work properly when it is not in use. Lubricants need to be fresh to work at their maximum efficiency. Be sure to rotate them on a first-in, first-out basis and keep them stored in a cool, dry place. It's also best to avoid dust accumulation and build up. For more specific instructions, consult the owner's manual.

According to Future Market Insights' report, in 2016, almost 2.5 million metric tonnes of metalworking fluids were sold across the globe, and it can be understandably difficult to determine the best lubrications. Of course, in many cases, knowing what not to do is just as valuable as knowing what to do. For more information about buying lubrication and Castrol products wholesale, contact Santie Wholesale Oil Company.