Online and offline oil filtration


Posted December 14, 2021

Proper oil filtration can reduce downtime and increase equipment reliability. The combination of on-line and off-line filtration technologies can ensure optimum lubricant cleanliness and increase component and oil life. By Steffen D Nyman, CC Jensen and Noria Partner, Denmark.

Figure 1: A cement plant has many critical systems using lubricating oil

The world has an insatiable appetite for cement and concrete, so cement factories need to stock up at an increasing rate. Processing equipment in the cement industry contains gears, bearings, and hydraulic systems, which only work when lubrication is present, and increasing stresses are placed on lubricants in terms of operating temperatures, loads, d efficiency and performance. Studies have shown that up to 80% of oil-related machine failures are caused by contaminated oil, and cleaner oil will extend component life and increase operational reliability.

Why is clean oil necessary?

Protection of machine components
Any machine that uses oil for lubrication or power transfer depends on the condition of the oil. Oil is essential for reducing friction and the primary goal of keeping the oil clean in a hydraulic or lubrication system is the protection of machine components to optimize reliability and operation. Malfunction of a lubrication system or hydraulic system will lead to equipment damage, costly downtime, and even safety issues.

Reduce operating costs
The secondary goal of oil cleaning is to reduce operating costs by extending the useful life of all system components, as well as of the oil itself. This will ensure optimum economic performance and the lowest return on investment (ROI) for the equipment.

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