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An introduction to precision lubrication

At Activate, we believe that lubrication is a strategic operational issue and not an ‘emergency’ engineering challenge, and our overriding goal is to replace lubrication-related losses with Lean gains. To that end, all Activate services, systems, products and knowledge work together to achieve improved reliability and asset life, reduced downtime and maintenance costs, increased OEE, and guaranteed audit compliance.

So proven is our approach that we offer director guarantees on key elements, for example audit compliance. Our long experience of real-world lubrication systems application has also enabled us to identify five ‘pillars’ of precision lubrication. A lubrication culture founded on these pillars will be optimised, efficient, robust, compliant and resilient.

Five pillars of Precision Lubrication

Tribological foundation

Tribological foundation

Activate provides:

  • Advanced food grade synthetic lubricants, tailored to machine needs
  • A colour-coded visual management system, compliance manual and online training
  • A 24 / 7 audit compliance guarantee
On-site support / training

On-site support / training

Activate provides:

  • Tribology expertise with on-site troubleshooting
  • The option for fully project managed or site support to cover all lubrication and training via nominated Lean Lubrication Champions
Operational support

Operational support

Activate provides:

  • The Activate Precision Lean Lubrication APP
  • Recording and management via the app of all lubricated points, including condition monitoring inputs and data reports
Condition monitoring

Condition monitoring

Activate provides:

  • Condition based monitoring using oil analysis, thermology, vibration, ultrasonics and motion amplification.
  • 24 /7 automatic monitoring and recording
Performance monitoring

Performance monitoring

Activate provides:

  • A full set of KPI’s agreed and delivered to senior management daily
  • Weekly updates and a monthly report

The risks of improper lubrication

We have spent a lifetime in factory environments, and we understand the frustration and stress felt when machinery fails or slows. The knock-on effects on busy schedules, labour, time, service levels can turn a productive day into a disaster in hours. This hidden enemy is costing UK Food and beverage manufacturing over £3billion of preventable losses each year.

Losses due to improper lubrication are usually in plain sight, but 98% of businesses are unable to truly see how they impact their productive performance and reliability. Even when identified, most issues are not preventable without specific expertise and experience. When we are able to quantify these losses, it makes for shocking reading.

50% of all rotating assets fail prematurely as a result of poor lubrication

50% of all faults detected by vibration analysis are lubrication related

We have seen fires caused by incorrect lubrication practices

We have seen a £2.5 million product recall due to non-foodgrade lubricant present on a single production line

We have seen up to 10% lost OEE opportunity due to breakdowns and the resulting downtime)

The risks of improper lubrication
The science of running smoothly

At Activate, we believe that lubrication is a strategic operational issue and not an ‘emergency’ engineering challenge. All our systems, products, services and knowledge are geared towards replacing lubrication-related losses with Lean gains for immediate, tangible business benefits.

Improved reliability
Improved reliability
Improved asset life
Improved asset life
Reduced downtime
Reduced downtime
Increased OEE
Increased OEE
Reduced maintenance costs
Reduced maintenance costs
Guaranteed lubrication audit compliance
Guaranteed lubrication audit compliance
Changing the game

“Thank you so much for your help we cruised through the audit nicely thanks to your swift response! I don’t think there is anything we need at the minute but thank you again for the support - times like that show which suppliers truly deliver support and you do!”

Engineer - Leading UK Meat Producer

“Thanks to you and the whole Activate team for your assistance this year, it has been great working with you.”

Chief Engineer - Global Snacks Producer

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