Capturing the Knowledge of an Aging Workforce
By Paul Dufresne, Trico Corp
What is the aging workforce? A popular topic often referenced in discussion and rhetoric, the aging workforce points to the baby boom generation. Baby boomers, generally defined as those individuals born between 1946 and 1964, will typically become eligible for retirement and begin to retire in high numbers over the next few years. Recent studies conducted throughout industry have revealed that more than 30-40% of maintenance trades people will be retiring over the next 5 years; in some industries that rate is as high as 50%.Click here for the full article...
In today’s world it is not good enough to put in the ‘specified’ lubricant without knowing who specified it and why. One of the first steps in any lubrication program is determining the machinery’s lubrication requirements. This is the combination of researching the original specification (generally from an OEM manual); understanding how your equipment operates in the manufacturing process, as well as, the environmental conditions the machine is exposed to.
The OEM manual will provide general guidelines for the lubricant, such as the type of lubricant required and the viscosity. The viscosity is usually generalized to the ISO viscosity grade at several ambient temperatures. The OEM guidelines are adequate for most machines in regular service but do not usually take in account temperature extremes or other environmental considerations. With knowledge of the machine components being lubricated, and the use of lubricant viscosity-temperature charts, and if necessary, the assistance of the OEM Application Engineer the lubrication needs can be determined for each individual machine.
Actively filtering lubricants from storage drums can prevent contamination related problems. Trico’s Drum Pump Filtration System can prevent contamination or remove it when used in daily operations, including filtering oil directly from the storage drum to fill totes and transfer containers. The Drum Pump Filtration System provides a dispensing nozzle capable of delivering a flow up to 6.8 gpm and is rated for use with lubricants up to a viscosity of 7,000 SUS, depending on motor selection. The Drum Pump Filtration System comes standard with a 10 micron absolute Beta>200 spin-on filter element and a sealing bung adapter. The universal design of the Drum Pump Filtration System integrates a quick change hand wheel design, allowing the motor to be transferred from one Drum Pump Filtration System to another without buying additional motors or removing the entire apparatus. This follows industries best handling practices by avoiding cross contamination of different lubricant types, reduces further particle contamination and eliminates messy lubricant spills. For more information visit our website.
Volume 5 Issue 10
What’s in Your Oil?
Create Your Own Lab
Simple and Convenient
Filtering Lubricants from Bulk