Lube Room Essentials 

The following items are typically found in a well-equipped lube room:

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  1. Storage racks for drums (properly designed and built to hold several drums)

  2. Pumps for transferring oil and grease

  3. Drum taps and faucets

  4. Oil cans and grease guns

  5. Lubrication carts, sump drainers, air-powered grease guns, spent oil-reclaiming systems, and filter carts are examples of portable equipment.

  6. Wiping rags, grease fittings, spare filters and reservoir screens, absorbent materials to control spills, and well-maintained lockers for their storage are also examples of maintenance supplies.

  7. A bulk tank or tanks for the storage and distribution of primary oils or greases, as needed.

  8. To recondition spent oils, purification systems or reclaimers are employed, as well as soluble oil mixing equipment and solvent tanks for cleaning parts.


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Lube Room Best Practices 

Oil and grease dispensing equipment must be always spotlessly clean, many plant facilities and mobile equipment operators place little, if any, focus on the cleanliness of stored lubricants or dispensing equipment. As a result of these irresponsible attitudes, contamination-related equipment failures cost the industry hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.

To reduce the problems associated with contamination of lubricants and dispensers during equipment service and storage, at the very least, the following principles must be followed.

  1. All oil transfer and installation equipment must be kept clean at all times, and each one must be thoroughly cleaned and examined before use. There are oil cans, dispensing pumps, grease guns, and other tools supplied.
  2. To avoid inadvertently mixing incompatible oils or installing the wrong oil, each container or dispensing device must be clearly identifiable and tagged for its application. It must only be used for the purpose for which it was designed. These areas of equipment care must be taught to maintenance and operations workers.
  3. Each container or dispensing device must be readily identified and labeled for its purpose to avoid accidentally combining incompatible oils or installing the wrong oil. It must be used exclusively for the purpose for which it was created. Maintenance and operations personnel must be trained in these areas of equipment upkeep.

If lubricants are distributed from a fixed bulk oil tank, filter installations must be equivalent on the output lines. Monitoring equipment, like flow meters or pressure gauges, should be put on the filters to help you monitor filters when they are clogged. Equipment manufacturers and oil suppliers are now recommending pre-filtering of oil as oil cleanliness is becoming a component in many equipment warranty programs.