Your Lube Room Should Include These Essentials

Whether your reorganizing your existing lube room or creating a new one, make sure you include these eight essential items on your shelves.

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Generally, a well-equipped lube room will contain the following items:

  • Drum storage racks (properly designed and built to hold several drums)
  • Oil and grease transfer pumps
  • Drum taps and faucets
  • Grease guns and oil cans
  • Portable equipment such as lubrication carts, sump drainers, air-powered grease guns, used oil-reclaiming systems and filter carts
  • Maintenance supplies such as wiping rags, grease fittings, spare filters and reservoir screens, absorbent materials to control spills and well-maintained lockers for their storage
  • When appropriate, a bulk tank or tanks for storage and delivery of primary oils or greases
  • Purification systems or reclaimers to recondition used oils, soluble oil mixing equipment and solvent tanks for cleaning parts

Lube room best practices

At the very least, the following guidelines must be applied to reduce the problems associated with contamination of lubricants and dispensers during equipment servicing operations and storage.

  1. All devices used to transfer or install lubricants must be kept thoroughly clean at all times, and each device must be thoroughly wiped and inspected just prior to its use. This includes oil cans, dispensing pumps, grease guns and tools.
  2. Each container or dispensing device must be clearly identified and marked for its use, and it must only be used for the purpose for which it was intended to avoid the inadvertent mixing of incompatible oils or the installation of the wrong oil. Maintenance and operations personnel must be trained in these areas of equipment care.
  3. Contrary to common practice, all oils should be pre-filtered prior to installation into an equipment reservoir or sump. A portable fluid purifier or filter cart can be used for this purpose. The filters used must be rated at a minimum of 5 or 6 microns absolute and must be of the absorbent depth type.

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