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Fluids Live monitoring system upgraded for greater reliability

07 June, 2019

Using lubricants effectively and maximising their efficiency is of course crucial in the industrial sector. Production engineering professionals will know the severe implications of machinery downtime.

Selecting the right lubrication products and using them in the correct quantities can help to ensure optimum performance, reliability and longevity of expensive production machinery, therefore increasing profitability.

For an average production facility, lubricant purchases normally amount to only 3% of a maintenance budget, but lubrication-related activities can influence an estimated 30% of total maintenance costs.

Fuchs Lubricants, the manufacturer of high-performance industrial oils, has seen great success with its recently-upgraded Fluids Live monitoring system. Fluids Live is an easy to navigate web-based recording, tracking and reporting tool with integrated KPI measurements.

It is designed to provide customers with instant access to key data, enabling faster and more informed decision making to help maximise reliability through an effective lubrication strategy.

Improved control

Keith Salt, of Fuchs Lubricants’ Industrial Division, said: “Fluids Live is proving extremely popular amongst our industrial customers, supporting lubrication programmes and improving control over traditional paper-based programmes.

“We have more than 100 manufacturers already signed up globally and a good number of these are in the UK. It’s all about gathering information of what manufacturers are doing, or not doing, and using it to improve reliability.

“We use our own internal department to design the software and provide the optimum lubricants settings for operators which suits the needs of our customers, giving real flexibility to the many different maintenance management packages available.

“The whole idea is to obtain information from measurements such as oil sampling and vibration monitoring and to ensure we maximise asset care. It’s all designed to cater for increasing skill shortages and to take the guess work away, resulting in a hugely significant saving for manufacturers.”

Fluids Live provides crucial lubrication measurements including history of fluid usage, lubrication routes completed, exception reporting and associated costs of lubricants.

Salt added: “An important feature of Fluids Live is that the software is portal driven, offering management teams from companies working within the same group the ability to view other site information and share best practices both locally and globally. Most software packages are sold with licence fees but customers using our lubricants enjoy free use of the software, making additional savings.”

Lubrication training support

While Fluids Live offers advanced technical insight, Salt stressed that the basic principles of lubrication should not be forgotten to achieve optimum reliability and maximum benefits. He added: “We offer lubrication training support to ensure we get the right lubricant, in the right quantity, at the right time, at the right point and with the right method.

“The starting point of an effective lubrication programme always has to be the detailed mapping of all machine lubrication points, their working conditions, lubrication requirements and practicality. This information is needed to select the most suitable lubricant, the quantity of lubricant and to calculate the adequate re-lubrication intervals.

“It’s then about securing best practices, such as tagging, and colour coding of lubrication points to avoid cross contamination and making the decision on whether to lubricate manually or automatically.”


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