Operator Based Lubrication Practices

Organizations improve manpower productivity and effectiveness in a variety of ways. The largest labor category is the production department. Where feasible, managers have incorporated operators in routine, orderly and sometimes sophisticated preshift machine checks to determine if the machine is ready for production. This concept is well established in some production environments because of the nature of the way that the operator interfaces with the machinery.

Production of incremental parts lends itself well to this approach. Examples of this include the use of machines to assemble tires before they are cured, the machining of gears or stamping of metal frames for assembly into parts for finished goods.

Continuous process industries such as petroleum refining, cement and paper manufacturing and chemical production operate continuously, with, it is hoped, no definite start and stop point over the course of a shift, day or month for that matter. These manufacturing processes have limited success with operator-based care.

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