This article provides some practical and simple opportunities for industrial operators, across industries, to reduce their impact on the environment through lubrication selection or practices.
Upgrade Your Lubricant
Synthetic lubricants, like Mobil SHC™, offer significant improvements in oil life (reducing drain intervals) and can extend equipment life (extending service intervals). Therefore reducing the consumption of raw materials and the energy required to produce and transport lubricants to your facility.
Synthetic lubricants are developed to have a high viscosity index and low traction coefficient which combine to provide a significant reduction in energy consumption providing proven fuel saving and a reduction in CO2 emissions.
To maximize efficiency in your lubrication program, consider the mix of lubricants that you are currently using and take a closer look at applications with high energy throughput to determine areas where you may be racking up energy debits that could be negatively affecting efficiency.
Minimise Your Spillage and Fix Leaks
Leakage can be costly from both an economic and environmental perspective. Strong lubrication programs keep records of consumption and can quickly identify if there are higher than normal consumption rates by specific pieces of equipment. When this occurs, efforts should be made to fix the leaks promptly.
When applying lubricants every effort should be made in order to ensure a lubricant spillage does not occur. However, some applications do carry a high risk of this. In such environments, it is advisable to choose biodegradable lubricants such as Mobil EAL™ series and Mobil SHC™ Aware products. These products will provide an extra measure of protection for the environment.
Consider a Lubricant Recycling Program
Lubricants should always be disposed of properly. Professional lubricant recycling companies can help capture leaking products and filter for reuse. In some cases, these oils can be used to lubricate applications in which operating conditions are less severe or they can be used as a feed to re-refining processes. Every gallon of oil recycled will help to decrease initial upfront energy costs of extraction or synthesis of these products, as we reuse these valuable raw materials.
Manage Your Lubricants
The correct implementation of a lubricant management programme can increase productivity, reduce downtime and bring into place contamination control practices. Which, if managed in the correct way can lead to huge environmental and financial savings.
When considering lubrication management expert advice and knowledge should be sought. Companies such as WP can provide a full Reliability Centred Lubrication (RCL) Management program which focuses on asset life. RCL is bespoke to operational conditions, best practice guidelines for specific industries, machine applications and maintenance processes. RCL will lead to an increase in asset life, cost effectiveness and machine uptime.
Carrying out these changes can be an easy way to help reduce your impact on the environment. With some careful thought, the proper selection of lubricants and associated programs can go a long way to boosting your environmental credentials and your bottom line.
For more information about Mobil lubricants or Reliability Centred Lubrication call us on 0800 980 6172.