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Conditioning New Oil

Fri, Feb. 19, 2016

liquid conditioning stationSubpar fluid handling practices and inadequate filtration are the leading cause of system reliability issues today. Contaminated hydraulic fluids foul valves and other components causing them to eventually fail and bring your production process to a screeching halt.

This also happens when contamination within lube oils damages the system components the fluid is meant to protect. Your hydraulic fluids and lube oils are the lifeblood of your systems, and on a larger scale your entire operation, so they should be cared for as a precious resource from reception to disposal. One of the best ways to reduce contamination in your system is to prevent it from ever entering it in the first place so let’s discuss the best practices for receiving and storing new fluids.

Your New Oil is Actually Really Dirty 

New oil is not clean oil. As soon as new fluid arrives, it should be conditioned to remove contaminants from the fluid’s manufacturing and transportation processes. ISO cleanliness codes of new oils can be in the neighborhood of 23/21/19.

After new fluids are conditioned to optimum operating ISO code levels (generally < 16/14/11 unless otherwise specified), they should be kept in sealed storage containers to keep the moisture and dirt in the air out of the fluid. A drum will just not cut it here because moisture will be drawn into the fluid through air exchange as the temperature of the environment and, in turn, the fluid fluctuates. Also, drums are contaminated and can promote cross-contamination.

The Most Efficient Way to Care for New Oils

The most efficient way to condition and store new fluids is within a well-organized and maintained lube room containing a liquid conditioning and storage station. A properly engineered liquid conditioning and storage station will provide the necessary filtration and storage for multiple fluids within sealed reservoirs while ensuring there is no cross-contamination of the fluids.

When deciding which liquid conditioning and storage system you should install in your lube room be sure to consider the following factors.

  • Can the system accommodate the number of fluids currently stored in the lube room?
  • Can the system accommodate the volume of each fluid that will need to be stored?
  • Does the system filter the fluid as it is added to the storage unit?
  • Once in the storage reservoir, can the system circulate the fluid through filtration to reach desired cleanliness levels?
  • Does the system filter the fluid as it is transferred from the storage unit?
  • Can water removal capabilities be incorporated into the system’s filtration?
  • Are the system’s storage reservoirs sealed with a desiccant breather to keep moisture and dirt from the environment out?
  • Does the system have dedicated pumps, motors, filter elements, inlet and outlet ports and desiccant breathers for each reservoir to eliminate the possibility of cross-contamination of the fluids?
  • Are the serviceable components of the system easily accessible or will the system have to be moved while full of fluids to service it?
  • Can the fluid identification labels for the system's components be customized to match current fluid identification labeling systems?

If you’re having trouble answering these questions or just want to discuss it more drop us a note and we’ll give you a call. We love talking about this stuff.

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Written by Brad Bainbridge


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