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Old 11-18-2018, 02:14 PM   #1
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Default Keeping your Oil Clean

According to a paper presented by Chevron at the 2018 Society of Lubrication Engineers Annual Meeting, a whopping 82% of mechanical wear is caused by particle contamination. The major contaminates are dirt, water (and antifreeze) in most situations. These are particles that you canít even see, yet they can contribute to significant damage to equipment. Particles in the 1 to 10-micron range do the most damage. As little as one teaspoon of dirt in a 55-gallon drum of oil equals about a billion particles 4 microns or larger. This level of contamination generates wear and restricts the oil from protecting component parts. Oil additives will be consumed trying to manage this high level of contaminates. Ultimately this leads to shorter oil and equipment life.

So how does new oil become contaminated? Between the refinery and the final application, oil can be transferred and handled eight or more times. Each time itís transferred, the oil can pick up more contaminates. It is common for a lubricant to increase two to four ISO Cleanliness Codes during a typical distribution process. Many oil manufacturers/blenders filter their finished oils into clean containers and seal them. Here are some tips on how to keep your oil clean;

1. Make sure the top of the container is clean prior to opening it. Once the container is open, dirt in the air and surroundings is attracted to it.
2. Make sure transfer equipment is clean. Many times, hoses, pumps, and funnels are left open to the air where dust and dirt can enter the system.
3. Keep air filters on the equipment clean.
4. Replace the oil filters often. Filtering systems have by-pass relief valves to ensure that equipment is still lubricated should the filter become clogged or flow is reduced below a safety point.
5. Bulk tanks can accumulate rust and contaminates over time. This is especially true for tanks that are outside where rain and dust can seep in through seals, seams, and minute holes in the roof and walls.

Making the extra effort to keep oil clean will extend the life of the oil and the equipment; reducing down time; and improve productivity.

SWEPCO strives to manufacture and deliver clean oils to our customers.
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