US-based fluid-handling products and technology firm Colfax launched a
new business titled Total Lubrication Management, which it says
will provide oil, gas and chemical processing facilities with a holistic approach
to lubrication of rotating machinery.
The goal for the company is to create and implement
site-specific lubrication programs that focus on areas which
may provide the greatest opportunities to minimize repairs,
lower operating costs, increase uptime and production and
create a cleaner, greener facility, said general manager Ellen
Part of Colfax Fluid Handling, the business brings the
combined knowledge of global lubrication experts with
innovative services and programs, plus equipment from Colfax
brands such as Allweiler, Baric, Imo, LSC and Warren.
At Colfax Total Lubrication Management, our team works
with customers around the world to provide lubrication
expertise and on-site support, said Donlin.
This is a customer-centric, solutions-based business
that provides a complete spectrum of lubrication services.
Customers can take advantage of all of them, or some of them.
Our goal is to provide bottom-line improvements in operations,
lower overall costs, and deliver an orderly, safe and clean
Based in Houston, the company said it designs and establishes
lubrication programs through a three-step program:
Monitor: a thorough assessment of a
facilitys existing lubrication program, including
interviews, inspections and program reviews. This results in a
reliability roadmap that highlights
the areas of significant opportunity for improvement and
provides a detailed action plan for best practice
implementation, along with expected ROI.
Maintain: a detailed plan for system
lubrication points - plus preventive maintenance - that keeps the
facilitys lubrication system clean and functional at all
times. Through consistent analysis, action improvement plans
are developed that can extend lubricant life. That reduces the
need to replace lubricant, which saves money and enhances the
facilitys commitment to the environment.
Optimize: a customized program to sustain
the lubrication system in a highly efficient, green, safe
manner. This includes a best practices program for
storage, handling and disposal (including recycling) of all
facility lubricants. It also includes rationalization, working
to ensure that inventory meets demands, plus documenting
performance improvements. It can include training for key
personnel, the company said. Global capabilities helps assure
that the lubricant procurement needs of our customers are
This is not a one-size-fits-all approach, Donlin
said. We are not predisposed to a certain technology or lubricant. Its
all about meeting the needs of individual customers. We offer
them a long-term commitment, backed by the Colfax name. At the
end of the day, our job is to keep our customers up and running
so that they can focus on their core business.