Industrial Lubrication

Lesson Descriptions

This library consists of four lessons. This library is designed for training oilers, mechanics, and millwrights as well as for the multi-craft needs of process and manufacturing facilities. Participants are trained to recognize various types of lubrication systems and their maintenance requirements, including ring, bath, splash, constant level, and forced feed lubrication systems, as well as understand how they operate. Participants also learn the importance of following lubrication schedules, how to change common types of oil filters, and how to properly handle and store lubricants to prevent lubricant contamination.

Introduction to Industrial Lubrication


Description: This is the first lesson in the iKNOW™ Industrial Lubrication Library. This lesson explains the concept of lubrication and friction, and demonstrates the benefits of a proper lubrication program.

Prerequisites: This lesson is designed so that no prior knowledge is required. However, knowledge of applied mathematics is recommended.

Topics:

  1. Benefits of a Lubrication Program
  2. Friction
  3. Types of Lubricant Protection
  4. Effects of Friction

Objectives:

  • Define lubrication
  • Explain the benefits of a proper lubrication program
  • Define friction
  • Identify factors that contribute to friction
  • Identify the three basic types of friction
  • Describe three types of lubrication applications used to reduce friction

Lubricants


Description: This is the second lesson in the iKNOW™ Industrial Lubrication Library. This lesson explains viscosity as well as the properties of common solid, semi-solid, and liquid lubricants are described as well as the benefits associated with synthetic lubricants and the functions of additives and inhibitors. Common types and causes of lubricant contamination are described and proper methods of lubricant storage are demonstrated.

Prerequisites: None

Topics:

  1. Lubricants
  2. Lubricant Contamination
  3. Storing Lubricants

Objectives:

  • Define viscosity
  • Describe three types of liquid lubricants and some typical applications
  • Describe the properties of liquid lubricants
  • Describe types of semi-solid lubricants and some typical applications
  • Describe conditions or circumstances under which it would be preferable to use grease as a lubricant
  • Describe the properties of semi-solid lubricants
  • Describe types of solid lubricants and some typical applications
  • Describe the properties of solid lubricants
  • Identify some benefits of using synthetic lubricants
  • Explain the function of additives and inhibitors
  • Describe types of lubricant contamination
  • Describe typical causes of lubricant contamination
  • Describe how to prevent lubricant contamination
  • Describe proper methods of lubricant storage

Lubrication Systems


Description: This is the third lesson in the iKNOW™ Industrial Lubrication Library. This lesson trains participants to recognize various types of lubrication systems and their maintenance requirements, including ring, bath, splash, constant level, and forced feed lubrication systems, as well as understand how they operate.

Prerequisites: None

Topics:

  1. Natural Feed Lubrication Systems
  2. Forced Feed Lubrication Systems
  3. Automatic Lubrication Systems
  4. Applying Lubrication

Objectives:

  • Explain how ring lubrication systems operate
  • Explain how bath lubrication systems operate
  • Explain how splash lubrication systems operate
  • Explain how constant level lubrication systems operate
  • Perform a check on a natural feed lubrication system and determine machine condition
  • Describe how to add oil to a natural feed lubrication system
  • Describe the operation of forced feed lubrication systems
  • Explain the differences between natural feed and forced feed lubrication systems
  • Perform a check on a forced feed lubrication system and determine machine condition
  • Identify various devices used to apply lubrication manually
  • Describe how to apply the proper amount of grease to a bearing

Filters and Lubrication Maintenance


Description: This is the final lesson in the iKNOW™ Industrial Lubrication Library. Participants also learn the importance of following lubrication schedules, how to change common types of oil filters. This lesson explains the purpose of filters and the importance of filter maintenance in lubrication systems. Additionally, the lesson indicates the benefits of oil sampling and analysis and identifies several factors, which can cause lubrication failure.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of lubricants and lubrication systems is recommended.

Topics:

  1. Filters
  2. Filter Maintenance
  3. Lubrication Schedules
  4. Oil Sampling and Analysis
  5. Lubrication Failure

Objectives:

  • Explain the purpose of filters in a lubrication system
  • Explain the differences between surface filters and depth-type filters
  • Explain why filter maintenance is important
  • Recognize indications that a filter must be cleaned or replaced
  • Describe how to clean a filter
  • Explain the benefits of following a lubrication schedule
  • Interpret information on a lubrication schedule
  • Explain the benefits of oil sampling and analysis