Introduction to Lubrication

Examines lubrication systems used in industrial applications. Application of pumping packages, lines, hoses, monitors, divider blocks, injectors, and lubrication components are examined. Proper installation, selection, and safe troubleshooting practices are discussed.

This course consists of classroom presentation and hands-on training. The hands-on portion will have participants working on lubrication training equipment, reading and interpreting lubrication system prints as well as examining lubrication systems in use on the plant floor (if allowable).

Class Details

Class Name:
Introduction to Lubrication
2 Day Course

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the goals of lubrication
  • Describe common lubricants used in industry
  • Describe the variables used to classify lubricants
  • List the advantages and disadvantages of grease and oil
  • List the criteria for selecting a specific type and grade of lubricant
  • Define the term viscosity and how it relates to oil
  • Define the term consistency and how it relates to grease
  • Describe common components that require lubrication
  • Contrast the various types of lubrication systems (manual and automatic)
  • Identify the various types of system components
  • Read and interpret a lubrication schedule
  • Describe and troubleshoot problems associated with improper lubrication
  • Explain how contamination can affect equipment
  • State the proper procedures for storing lubricants
  • Describe general lubrication "best practices"
  • Identify safety concerns associated with lubricants

Outline At-a-Glance

Principles of Lubrication

  • Purpose of lubrication
  • Friction and wear
  • Dampen and absorb shock
  • Temperature
  • Corrosion & contaminants
  • Oils, greases and gases
  • NGLI grease grades
  • Grease thickeners/solids additives
  • Viscosity, separation and additives
  • Lubricant additives
  • Pour Point
  • Oil - Soap separation
  • Types of Systems
  • Centralized systems
  • Manual and mechanical
  • Pneumatic, hydraulic, electrical

System Component

  • Pumps and controllers
  • Valving and nozzles
  • Filtration and indicators
  • Monitors

System Analysis

  • Reading and interpreting lubrication prints

Troubleshooting & Repair

  • Tracing and recognizing faults & malfunctions
  • How to remove air from systems
  • Identifying contamination

Job Roles