See how our products help you improve the life, longevity, and performance of your lubricants.
7 of the last 8 Battle Award winners count on Des-Case products
- Clopay Plastics
- Eli Lilly & Company
- Valero Energy Corporation
- Cargill Corn Milling
Are you a hands-on learner? Studies show that "learning by doing" is an extremely effective way to understand and retain information. This year at the 31st Annual International Maintenance Conference (IMC), attendees will have a unique opportunity to get their hands dirty at our interactive experience in machinery lubrication.
We are constantly looking for ways to provide solutions that provide the ultimate lubricant protection and long life for machinery. With the new oil sight glass, our engineers reimagined what an oil sight glass could do, resulting in an innovative leap forward that will make your customers' jobs easier.
An important metric in lean manufacturing is overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), which is the product of Availability x Yield x Quality. Simply stated, OEE represents your performance compared to perfection. So if your availability factor is 79.9%, your yield factor is 80% and your quality factor is 93.8%, your OEE = 60%. This means that you’re running at 60% of perfection. While no organization actually achieves 100% OEE, your goal should be to close the gap between your current and desired performance level.
Equipment reliability, often measured in terms of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), lies at the heart of automotive manufacturing and its processes rely on precise, repeatable operation to achieve the surface finishes, part integrity, and cycle times needed. Most automotive manufacturers are realizing that maintaining clean oil is one of the best investments it can make, with contamination at the core of premature machinery failure and diminished lubricant life.
From October 17-20, Des-Case exhibited at the SMRP's 24th Annual Conference. Maintenance Technology visited our booth and interviewed Roy Giorgio, our Key Account Manager for the Southeast Region.
Lubricant cleanliness can be increased through the improvement of your storage and handling program. By improving storage and handling, you can eliminate the ingression of contaminants into new lubricants and therefore eliminate ingression of contaminants into a component through new lubricant additions.
Here are 3 general ways to improve your Lubricant Storage & Handling Program.
Contamination control is the single greatest opportunity for gains in the average lube program and significant gains in machinery reliability can be made with minimal investments.
If studies show it costs about 10 times as much to remove contaminants than it does to exclude it, then what are some of the ways you can keep contaminants from entering your system?
As organizations place more and more emphasis on oil filtration and lubricant cleanliness, they have come to realize just how valuable and versatile hydraulic filter carts can be. Our latest infographic explores 5 uses of a hydraulic filter cart.
On September 19th, our VP of Human Resources & Administration, Tony Espinosa, and Staffing Coordinator, Amanda Sutton, had the privilege of attending the 4th Tribology Minor Symposium hosted by Auburn University. Our attendance provided a valuable opportunity to interview soon-to-be tribologists for future roles at our company.
Here at Des-Case we have invested significantly in developing world class solutions as well, and these often require the use of modern engineered plastics. These materials allow us to provide solutions that are highly functional, durable, and chemically resistant. For the customer who conducts visual oil inspections it is vital that our products are tough to withstand a plant’s environment, have the chemical resistance to withstand the many lubricant types, are transparent for visual inspections and are not weakened by UV light or high heat.
There are four main alerts visible with a Des-Case desiccant breather that typically point either to issues with a reservoir/machine or with breather selection.
Alert #1—Short Duration: Breathers should last at least six months
Things to check if your breather spends quickly:
For many years, plants have treated maintenance budgets as a cost generating line item, and as we all know when profits need to be maximized the easiest and quickest solution is to decrease spending rather looking to increase revenue. When we view something as solely a cost, our impulse is to keep it small or shrink it. This impulse can prove even costlier in the long run.
Demand for higher efficiency, enhanced output, and tolerance of tough terrains make it increasingly more difficult to ensure machines perform at their peak. High-performance hydraulics may be built for these conditions; however, good fluid handling practices can keep equipment running better, longer.
People don’t always behave rationally. When professionals spend years wasting money on avoidable repairs and replacements, that’s a perfect example of faulty thinking. Decision-makers often delay upgrading their procedures because it just doesn’t feel like the right time for a drastic change—but a look at the data reveals that it’s always the right time to start boosting your reliability.
Recently, Maintenance Technology magazine asked 4 questions to their readers regarding their current lubrication practices. The answers ranged from a 20-year old almost non-existant program to inadequate due to budget restraints to the gold standard of lube programs. So, how can you make sure you can answer these questions confidently knowing your lubrication program is on the correct path?
Education Services Manager, Jarrod Potteiger, often gets asked why you see a decrease in the moisture level after installing a desiccant breather, but the particle counts remain high.
Learning by doing is one of the most effective forms of education. Train on the job, and you get a chance to observe experienced professionals, with ample opportunity to practice your skills. So why is formal training important?
Actually, there are many reasons why classroom education is an essential supplement to learning on the job. Providing your employees with a few hours or days of training can save you money and create a more efficient, smoothly flowing workplace.
Chris Fisk, Vice President and General Manager of Acculube, wrote an insightful article in this month's Plant Engineering magazine discussing 6 common lubricant storage mistakes. As a distributor of Des-Case products, we are always proud to help spread Acculube's message to further promote lubrication best practices.
You might already know that machines need the right kind of oil, in the right amounts, to avoid breakdowns. But that’s not enough. Your oil could still be operating well under peak efficiency if you don’t have a good plan to keep it clean. Following these simple tips can help you upgrade your precision lubrication program from minimally effective to world-class.
Most companies are now realizing that maintaining clean oil is one of the best investments it can make, with contamination at the core of premature machinery failure and diminished lubricant life. This case study demonstrates how, in one year, a company saved $108,000 on gearbox rebuilds just by installing desiccant breathers.
Portable and permanent filters both do the same thing (clean your oil), but they can serve very different needs within your business. Choose the right option, and you’ll maximize your return on investment, minimize wasted time and extend the life of your machinery. Here’s what to keep in mind before you buy.