One aspect of a reputable, self‐sufficient oil analysis program that is often overlooked is training. Trained technicians that understand how important quality lubrication procedures are will be key in maintaining a program.
Staffing of a lubrication program is extremely important. You may consider hiring someone with a proven track record of success, however do not overlook the talent you already have in your plant. There are likely several people already in your organization that would be good fits.
Once your staff is in place you can look at outside resources to assist with training. There are several companies that offer excellent training in lubrication fundamentals and practices and most will be willing to come to your site if you have enough people to fill a class. Do not forget to include supervisors and managers. They need to be onboard and be aware of what is required and the benefits that can be achieved by implementing an oil analysis program.
Oil analysis is an ever‐changing technology and to reap its benefits, one must continually receive quality training.
Training options may include:
- Classes and/or certifications
- Trade shows and conferences are another way to help personnel stay on top of recent advances in their field.
- Department budget should reflect these educational opportunities from year to year.