Oil – an asset, not a consumable

By John Evans


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Energy Efficiency Made Simple Vol III: Energy and enviroFiciency

November 2012 - Chapter 7: pages 89 - 91

Enquiries: email johne@wearcheck.co.za


Before embarking on any form of maintenance and management programme for oils, a lubricant survey needs to be carried out. Although the actual details of such a survey are quite complex, they can be greatly simplified by looking at each step in terms of inputs and outputs:



  • Step one: Do a plant survey to create a list of components that require oil and lubrication.
  • Step two: Conduct the actual survey which will involve a detailed study of all equipment with regard to oil requirements and current practices.
  • Step three: Selection of products that will be used.
  • Step four: Oils and lubricants selected in step three can now be consolidated into a master lubrication schedule.
  • Step five: Create the lubrication manual.
  • Step six: Purchase the relevant equipment for storage and dispensing of oils along with general hygiene, handling and disposal.
  • Last step: Set maintenance tasks and frequencies which must be entered into the Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS) along with all the other information gathered.

Take note

  • Oil is no longer - just oil!
  • Oil should be treated as an asset - as is any piece of industrial equipment.
  • The lubrication manual must be a living document that is available to all relevant staff and must be reviewed and improved upon.