The quality of a lubricant determines how reliable, how long and how efficiently machines run and how long the lubricant itself will last. To maintain the quality and properties of a lubricant, it is extremely important to protect it from contamination.
Contamination occurs when a lubricant is mixed with another lubricant or with dirt, sand, dust, moisture, wear particles or the (end) product, causing contamination or (bacterial) infection.
Lubricant cleanliness plays an essential role in maintaining the specific quality and properties of a lubricant. To optimise the cleanliness of lubricants, we have the following tips for you:
- Ensure a clean and tidy storage room
- Make careful use of materials
- Regularly take ePrevent® oil samples (to know how clean the oil is)
- Use breathers when discharging
- And use the handy and safe Oil Safe® oil cans
The cleanliness is determined by the amount of solid particles coming from inside or outside the machine and is measured by counting them and assessing the size, concentration and hardness.
Our suppliers, Bel-Ray and Royal Purple, filter their products through a 2 micron filter as standard until the sample meets the so-called Cleanliness® specifications. Oils are then filled into clean drums and the cleanliness of the oil is finally guaranteed by taking a sample.
It is therefore important to have oil samples analysed regularly. On the one hand, to determine whether the oil still meets the quality requirements and on the other, to get an impression of the state of the machine. We use our own ePrevent® oil sampling analysis system for this purpose.