Many maintenance techs make considerable efforts to maintain the quality of their oil in storage, only to inadvertently compromise it during transfer to the machine through the use of unclean containers, pouring it through a contaminated funnel, or unintentionally mixing it with other types of oil. Oil transfer is not only about efficiency but, more importantly, about protecting the equipment’s health and longevity. The key to achieving this is to follow a protocol that encompasses filtration, clean containers, and modern quick-connect systems to avoid contamination.
Filtration Before Dispensing
Before any oil is dispensed into a machine, it is imperative to use effective filtration systems to remove contaminants. Filtration ensures the oil is clean and free from impurities that could otherwise compromise the machine’s performance.
Contaminants such as dirt, metal particles, water, and other foreign materials can severely impact the machine’s efficiency, increase wear and tear, and even lead to catastrophic failures. Filtration also helps to maintain the oil’s chemical composition, preventing degradation and extending its usable life.
When selecting a filtration unit, it’s crucial to consider the following criteria:
- Motor/Pump Type: Opt for a filtration unit with a 1200RPM electric motor/pump. This choice reduces the risk of oil shearing and minimizes electrostatic charges commonly associated with 1800RPM motor/pumps.
- Filter Efficiency: Prioritize filters that have a beta value of 200 (99.95% efficiency). This level of efficiency ensures effective particulate removal, maintaining the oil’s cleanliness.
- Pressure Rating: Choose filters designed for medium-pressure applications. These filters are less likely to flex, distort, or collapse compared to their low-pressure counterparts, ensuring consistent performance.
- Double Seals: Look for filters equipped with two seals to protect both the filter’s internal and external surfaces. This feature helps reduce the possibility of oil bypassing the filter element, enhancing the filtration process’s integrity.
- Bypass Prevention: Ensure that the selected filters do not leak unfiltered oil across a bypass valve in the filter head. This feature guarantees that a significant portion of the oil passes through the filter media, effectively removing particulates and maintaining oil quality.
By considering these criteria, you can make an informed choice when selecting a filtration unit that offers superior particulate removal and preserves the quality of the oil in your industrial processes.
Properly Identified and Clean Containers
Another often-overlooked aspect of industrial oil transfer is the choice of containers. Using containers that are both properly identified and meticulously clean is essential for ensuring the quality of the oil and minimizing the risk of contamination.
Containers should be labeled with accurate information, including the type of oil, its viscosity, and any specific instructions for handling or usage. This information is crucial to prevent confusion and ensure the right oil is used in the correct application. Furthermore, containers should be clean and free from any residue or contaminants. Even a small amount of dirt or water in the container can have a cascading effect on the oil’s purity and, ultimately, the machine’s performance.Using color-coded containers greatly reduces the chance of cross contaminating your equipment by eliminating confusion.
The color-coded range of OilSafe containers provide:
- A fully sealed robust unit that prevents contaminants from getting into the oil
- Easier dispensing without the need for secondary tools such as funnels.
- Color-Coded visual lubrication system to prevent cross-contamination by clear identification of contents
Quick Connects for Contamination Avoidance
A simple solution to avoid contamination when filling containers or dispensing oils: quick connect systems.