Research shows that 80% of equipment failures and breakdowns are caused by contaminants like dirt, metal particles, and water in the equipment oil. Ensuring your equipment gets clean and dry oil increases equipment uptime. It also extends the life of equipment components and oil. This improves the return on investment for your equipment. Reducing the need to perform maintenance can also increase safety and reduce accidents.
The top reasons why oil becomes dirty are:
There are many ways that dirt and water can enter a piece of equipment and end up in the oil reservoir.
The most common entry point to the oil supply is through the equipment’s breather port. There is a common belief that dirt and water do not enter through the breather port. To save money, people buy inexpensive steel wool breathers or J-tubes. J-tubes are sometimes called candy cane breather vents.
Air flows in both directions through a breather port. To keep dirt and water from entering through the breather port, it is important to use a desiccant breather. This helps prevent any oil and water emulsion in addition to an oils demulsibility.
Industrial Sealing & Lubrication carries Des-Case Dessicant breathers. Des-Case Dessicant Breathers eliminate water and contaminants.
Des-Case breathers collect airborne solid particles using a dual, anti-static filter system. This reduces the abrasives and other contaminants that create sludge build-up in the fluid reservoir.
Des-Case breathers absorb unwanted moisture inside industrial equipment using a silica gel technology. The silica gel in these breathers remove moisture that can lead to corrosion, shorten fluid life, and deplete additives.
If you’re ready to extend the life of your equipment components and oil, and increase the return on investment for your equipment, contact us and one of our trained reliability specialists will give you a free oil analysis and show you how to get started reducing contaminants in your oil.