Get in Front of Reliability Issues or Get Burred in Breakdowns

If lubrication is the foundation of all maintenance activity, that foundation had better be strong. Deficient lubrication is the proven number-one cause of equipment failure. LUBE-IT is the proven way to keep machines running through best practices in lubrication.

Don’t leave lubrication to chance

A systemic problem

When lubrication is done inconsistently or done incorrectly, it negatively impacts machine condition and reliability plant wide. Major studies and independent sources prove this.

The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers report more than 50% of all bearings failures are due to lubrication practices that don’t measure up. In addition, Kenneth Bannister states 60% of all mechanical failures stem from inadequate or improper lubrication.

The bill for wear and tear and the resulting loss of production is $240 billion annually – and that’s just in the U.S.

What LUBE-IT does

LUBE-IT enhances profits and improves lubrication practices – eliminating the cause of 50% of all industrial equipment failures.

LUBE-IT has the depth of detail needed to maximize the reliability of every machine in the plant increasing overall production capacity and facility up-time. LUBE-IT knows:

  • What needs lubrication
  • Which lubricant to use
  • How much lubricant to use
  • Where the lubricant point is located
  • The correct procedure
  • Any safety requirement

With capabilities not found in spreadsheets or CMMS systems, LUBE-IT manages every task at every lube point providing lube techs with all the information they need to keep equipment running and profits flowing.

How Lube-it Works

The Business Case for LUBE-IT

An innovative software solution for the complex problem of lubrication, LUBE-IT enhances profits and improves lubrication practices – eliminating the cause of 50% of all industrial equipment failures.

LUBE-IT offers high ROI in these key areas:

Reduces Costly Downtime

It is critical to get the right lubricant in the right place at the right time using the right procedure or technique, every time to ensure machine condition and equipment reliability.

Improves Employee Productivity

LUBE-IT’s PowerFlex route technology sends lube personnel point-to-point along the most efficient path and provides all of the details needed to successfully complete each task along the way. Personnel receive clear-cut, weekly work responsibilities rather than generic spreadsheets or stacks of work orders. With LUBE-IT, the people on the front lines know what to do, when, where, and how – and thanks to PowerFlex, they can save steps and time doing it.

Maintains Knowledge Assets

The detailed information needed for lubrication reliability typically resides in the memories of the people performing the lubrication. These people represent an invaluable asset – for example, the knowledge they’ve acquired over the years is key to resolving over 50% of all equipment failures. But the workforce is aging. The baby boomers have already started to retire. Each time one of these workers walks out the door, possibly for the last time, years of knowledge go with them. Mission-critical information is lost. With LUBE-IT, this asset is never lost.

Manages Lubrication Consumption

Track and analyze consumption for fluids, greases or both. LUBE-IT’s Consumption Explorers™ quickly graph and analyze consumption trends from equipment or lube-product perspectives and include volumes consumed and related extended costs. View current and historical trends and make year-to-year comparisons. Need more details? Multiple level drill-down in the Consumption Explorers reveals underlying data for specific work periods and cost & volume break-outs by individual lube-point.

Cuts Energy Costs

Maintenance is the often overlooked activity that can cut energy use and bolster the bottom line. Energy is usually the most controllable factor in trying to increase profit. Simply keeping an electrical motor clean will save 5% on that machine’s energy bills.

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Innovation for Lubrication

An innovative software solution for the complex problem of lubrication, LUBE-IT enhances profits and improves lubrication practices – eliminating the cause of 50% of all industrial equipment failures.

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Lubricate Well

It is critical to get the right lubricant in the right place at the right time using the right procedure or technique, every time to ensure machine condition ;and equipment reliability. with LUBE-IT, each lube point and related tasks are inventoried including location, capacity, activity type, procedure, frequency, route and shutdown requirements.  From that, the software manages all these lube tasks automatically and simplifies changes to any of the variables as needed. Once it has all the lube points, the software will reschedule a task based on when it was completed.  Uncompleted tasks are presented with the next week’s activities until they are completed.

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Plan for Efficiency

Free from the constraints of traditional approaches, the Power-Flex™ route technology within LUBE-IT streamlines the creation of manpower optimal lubrication routes and gives a comprehensive view of lubrication activities and work loads.  Use Power-Flex to think, and work, outside the box  You can combine tasks with varied frequencies, combine level-checks with re-grease tasks, and split shutdown tasks from on-the-run.  Any task can be put on any route, and with an unlimited number of routes to work with, it’s easy to organize lubrication into a logical, effective and efficient plan that meets plant-specific needs.

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Solid Grip on Lubrication

LUBE-IT takes responsibility for hundreds of thousands of lubrication tasks annually, essentially ensuring that none are left behind.  Each week the software generates a dynamic list of pertinent tasks for each route so lubrication responsibilities are always are clear and known.  These lists can be synchronized to mobile devices and contain full details for each lube point, including precise location and the quantity and type of lubricant to be applied.  With LUBE-IT, companies are able to ensure that the right machine received the right lubricant, with the right amount, via the right procedure, at the right time–every time.

Customer Testimonials

“With LUBE-IT, we’re staying on top of lubrication tasks without forgetting any.” -James Wanstreet, Reliability Engineer and Lubrication Department Supervisor, KapStone

KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. operates a kraft paper mill in Charleston, SC. They were concerned about lubrication data not being recorded and information not being passed on.

  • Their CMMS system didn’t provide the in-depth lubrication data they needed
  • They wanted a system that recorded data not only for each piece of equipment but also
    for each lube point, including when it’s due and who is supposed to do it
  • Also needed a system that flagged tasks that hadn’t been done
  • LUBE-IT eliminates the issue of missing or incorrect lubrication and keeps KapStone
    techs working at maximum efficiency
  • If a lube tech needs to know what type of oil goes into any lube point in any piece of
    equipment in middle of the night, they can look it up in the software and get the correct
  • The Charleston plant estimates it’s getting approximately 25% more equipment uptime
    with fewer staff, with ROI predicted in about one year

“Machine failures are down and reliability has improved.” -John Underwood, Corporate Lubricants Consultant, DuPont Engineering Technology (DuET) Rotating Machinery

DuPont found out early on that SAP couldn’t manage lubrication at the lube-point level. When
they went looking for something that would manage at that level, they found LUBE-IT.

  • DuPont was concerned that they were losing lubrication data
  • A major selling point for DuPont was LUBE-IT’s support for hand-held devices –
    DuPont techs can enter information from the machine itself
  • DuPont management also likes the Trouble Log feature, which records abnormal machine
    conditions and allows plants to track consumption and see trends for each machine
  • Now DuPont gets instant feedback on its lubrication practices
  • LUBE-IT is now used at approximately 20-25 DuPont plants in the U.S.

“LUBE-IT has become my right-hand man.” -Danny Smith, Preventive Maintenance Reliability Planner/Coordinator, PCS Phosphate PCS Phosphate’s

White Springs plant has more than 4,000 lube points. Like other forward-thinking companies, they were looking for the best way to manage all these lube points. LUBE-IT was recommended to them by PCS Phosphate’s Atlanta plant.

  • LUBE-IT allows them to keep all of their lubrication in one place
  • LUBE-IT tells them what type of lubricant a particular piece of equipment needs, when it
    needs it, where it needs it, how to do it, and the frequency when it’s changed
  • They can see where something might become a problem and get to it early on
  • The White Springs plant has a team of six lube techs who can instantly reference
    everything about any machine
  • In the past 6-8 months they’ve have had no equipment failures and no lubrication issues