Our lubrication projects are designed with the individual needs of our clients in mind. We’ll help you identify inefficiencies in your current oil analysis programs and lubrication processes, devise and implement plans for improvement and provide sustainable solutions to put you back in control.
WHATEVER YOUR CHALLENGE, WE HAVE A SOLUTION THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU
To implement a successful oil program, it’s essential to have a strong foundational knowledge of how well your equipment and processes are working. Understanding where there are gaps in functionality is an important first step toward creating a plan for improvement. Our team of Reliability Experts works with you to identify and document gaps within your lubrication processes. This allows us to generate a prioritized action plan to address shortcomings. By conducting a thorough onsite inspection of your oil program, equipment, and operating conditions, we can assess everything from criticality to operational usage to safety. Additionally, conducting a data mining exercise will identify what the most common problems are and where they occur. Your oil analysis performance will be compared against industry peers, so that you can identify which problems are found industry-wide and which are specific to your operation.
Fluid Life leverages our team of reliability experts to identify and document gaps within your lubrication process. This benchmarking exercise allows us to generate a prioritized action plan to address shortcomings and implement industry best practices.
AREAS OF FOCUS:
- Lubricant standards, consolidation and procurement
- Lubrication program objectives and indicators
- Lubrication and re-lubrication practices
- Lubrication program management
- Leakage control and safe lubricant handling practices
- Storage and handling
- Contamination control
- Oil sampling techniques
- Oil analysis
- Continuous improvement
- Training and certification
- Procedures and guidelines
Step 1: Identification – The process includes staff interviews, review of mechanical assets and discussion of compliance to maintenance practices and procedures.
Step 2: Documentation – Offsite report generation including recommendations and a prioritized action plan. Scorecard findings are also uploaded into myLab.
Step 3: Solution – Presentation of the final report to key stakeholders.
For more information on Scorecards, contact a Fluid Life representative.
A successful oil analysis program starts off with a strong foundation. A Fluid Life Reliability Specialist will conduct a thorough onsite inspection of your lubrication program, equipment to be tested and operating conditions. You will receive a comprehensive road-map document along with a turnkey process to get you started on the right track.
- Identification and documentation of gaps in your lubrication processes
- Identification of equipment to be included in the testing program
- Proper sample points, recommended fittings and sampling procedures
- Recommended test slates & sampling intervals
- Prioritized action plan for improving lubrication and oil analysis processes
We will assess your overall lubrication processes, identify organizational-level gaps, and build a framework for the oil analysis program. Assets will be evaluated on the basis of criticality, operational usage, fluid environment, size of reservoir and safety considerations. We will establish proper sample point locations, sampling procedures, test slates, sampling frequencies and data interpretation guidelines for each asset. Fluid Life will populate myLab with the asset list, testing defaults, sample scheduling information as well as provide a formal report with improvement recommendations.
For more information on Oil Analysis Audits, contact a Fluid Life representative.
Fluid Life will conduct a data-mining exercise that identifies what the most common problems are, and where they occur (i.e. which unit types and component types have the most problems). This exercise can be performed using data from either Fluid Life or another laboratory. Key findings are communicated directly along with a formal report so that you clearly understand opportunities for improvement.
Criticality analysis helps to identify your mission-critical components and prioritizes the assets that will impact your operation the most. It also provides a framework for selecting reliability improvement projects that will deliver the highest return on investment.
During this exercise, Fluid Life will compare your oil analysis performance to industry peers and identify sources of greatest deviation from average and possible corrective measures. This exercise can be performed using data from either Fluid Life or another laboratory. Key findings are communicated directly along with a formal report so that you clearly understand opportunities for improvement.
For more information on these lubrication projects, contact a Fluid Life representative.
Once your overall lubrication processes have been assessed, Fluid Life can then build a framework for your oil analysis program. Our Reliability Team will provide assistance defining and mapping out the necessary steps to prioritize, execute and manage all aspects of lubrication and oil analysis. We can help you establish lubrication standards and identify the policies and procedures that will minimize breakdowns, improve operating performance and produce a safe and profitable operation. Fluid Life offers a systematic approach for optimizing the flagging thresholds used on your oil samples. This allows you to benchmark and validate the relevance of current flagging limits and modify them as desired. We also provide education and training to help your employees enhance their skills and take your reliability program to a higher level.
Equipment failures are unfortunate but they can teach valuable lessons going forward. A Fluid Life Reliability Specialist can conduct a post-mortem review of oil analysis results in order to suggest key adjustments to the testing program that will reduce the incidence of future catastrophic failures.
- Summarize details of failure
- Observations of oil analysis findings
- Background research
- Recommendations for improvement
- Failure findings are uploaded to myLab
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
A Fluid Life Reliability Specialist will meet with you to gather relevant details of the failure, including tear-down inspection findings, operational and condition-monitoring data and work histories.
A report is generated that summarizes the oil analysis history and the corrective actions that were taken in response to any early warning signs of failure. Recommendations are made to improve oil analysis effectiveness in its goal of reducing failure occurrences.
These recommendations include possible modifications of sampling methods, testing frequencies, test slates, alarm points, triggered testing options and corrective action plans.
For more information on Failure Follow-up, contact a Fluid Life representative.
Worried about your oil analysis program not catching failures at an early stage? Overwhelmed by the large number of alarm conditions? Fluid Life offers a systematic approach for optimizing the flagging thresholds used on your oil samples. This service allows you to validate the relevance of current flagging limits and modify them as desired. Your two main benefits: better reliability focus and data noise reduction. Flagging Optimization may improve your site’s flagging limits while increasing the ROI of your oil analysis program.
- Analysis of your oil analysis histories and calculation of proposed flagging limits
- Review of proposed flagging limits against current global flagging limits to find key changes
- Identification of flagging limits to be tightened to ensure that problems are not being missed
- Investigation of flagging limits to be loosened to ensure that problems are not being ignored
- Summary report provided to you for review
- Fluid Life’s reliability specialist will build consensus with your site over the most appropriate
- New flagging limits are captured in Fluid Life’s laboratory system and applied to all of your
samples going forward
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
Fluid Life Reliability Specialists use an interpretive process for optimizing flagging rules. They will examine the most significant problem areas within your operation and validate them against machinery conditions. Key findings will be reviewed to gain consensus of how to respond effectively to your problem issues. Any modifications to the flagging rules will be uploaded into Fluid Life’s laboratory database and a final report will be issued as reference material. For more details, read our Flagging Limits FAQ’s.
For more information on Flagging Optimization, contact a Fluid Life representative.
Want an expert in your corner to help you make the best decisions on key projects? Onsite coaching is a proven and collaborative approach that helps solve lubrication, oil analysis and reliability issues.
- Project management for lubrication, oil analysis and
- Short-term assistance for program implementation
- Establish lubrication or oil analysis goals and KPIs
- Collaborative decision-making
- Interactive, customized training
- Connect end-user with resources
- Ongoing program execution support
Fluid Life will work with you to define the project requirements and timeline for the onsite coaching
engagement. Once a project scope has been determined, Fluid Life will act as your partner in reliability improvement initiatives and track program success.
For more information on Onsite Coaching, contact a Fluid Life representative.
It takes real discipline to schedule, execute and close out your maintenance or lubrication tasks on time. Fluid Life offers a concrete solution. myLab™ is an application tool that effectively and conveniently manages your daily maintenance and lubrication tasks. Using our myLab™ portal, Fluid Life’s Reliability team can provide you with our CheckPoint turn-key solution.
CHECKPOINT TURN-KEY SOLUTION:
- Populate asset list, equipment tasks, PM tasks, work orders and routes into myLab™
- Review KPI metrics
- Provide role-specific training on myLab™ Identification and documentation of gaps in your lubrication processes
Step 1: All relevant information for maintenance and lubrication task scheduling will be gathered. Sources may include an oil analysis audit, lubrication survey or information directly captured from your site. Fluid Life will upload this data into myLab™.
Step 2: Fluid Life will confirm with you the configuration of specific routes and tasks in myLab™.
Step 3: Fluid Life will provide you with role-specific training on tasks, routes, work orders and dashboards within myLab™.
For more information on Oil Analysis Audits, contact a Fluid Life representative.
Process Mapping and Optimization
A Fluid Life Reliability Specialist will visit your site, conduct interviews and assess current oil analysis and lubrication practices. Elements of the current workflows will be reviewed and evaluated. A process mapping exercise is carried out and a formal document is issued to management for the purposes of standardizing processes and facilitating reliability improvements.
Lubrication Policies & SOPs
A Fluid Life Reliability Specialist will review your current lubrication workflows and practices with you, and discuss improvements and modifications that could be implemented. A formal lubrication standards document is then created in order to communicate lubrication policies and standard operating procedures to the entire organization.
To learn more about these additional lubrication projects, contact a Fluid Life representative.