One often overlooked item in a reliability-centered maintenance strategy is reliability-centered lubrication (RCL).
Reliability-centered lubrication is a methodology used to optimize lubrication maintenance practices by designing applied tasks based on engineered calculations that consider specific component attributes and operation and environmental considerations. Additionally, it seeks to optimize procedural steps by standardization of component modification and consolidation of required lubricants.
Reliability-centered lubrication requires a different mindset to achieve optimal results . The old-school, low-qualified technicians with minimum technical work on the lubrication design, planning, and execution are gone. Now, lubrication precision, high-quality training, and better lubricant application technologies are enhancing the performance expectations of manufacturing and industrial production lines.