Consider purchasing oil in bulk containers to reduce waste. Bulk packaging also has additional benefits. It reduces transportation costs, minimizes storage space and reduces costs for container recycling and disposal. It opens the door for discounts from the supplier because they reap the benefit of less handling, delivery and packaging costs as well as the benefit of economies of scale.
Consider these pointers for lubricant storage life:
- Do not use products that have been stored for long periods unless their condition and performance properties are verified with oil analysis.
- Long-term storage at moderate temperatures in low-humidity environments have little effect on most premium lubricating products.
- Highly additized oils (motor oil, gear oils, etc.) stored in cold temperatures are high risk.
- Manage inventory to keep lubricants fresh.
- Grease typically has a shorter storage life than oils, and should be inspected for excess oil bleeding.
Proper handling of drums is important. Drums aren’t designed to be bounced or dropped. Full drums weigh approximately 450 pounds, while empty drums weigh around 36 to 38 pounds. A pail of oil weighs about 40 pounds.
Avoid the use of galvanized oil storage and dispensing containers. The zinc in the galvanizing can act as a catalyst to promote lubricant oxidation and premature depletion of critical additives. There are many other types of more chemically stable platings for metal containers. Stainless steel or plastics are also suitable alternatives.
Consider labeling your lubricant containers with the following:
- Date container is put in service (opened)
- Purchase and delivery date
- Date of product blending
- Product name
- Inventory code
- Product application
- Storage location
- Maximum and minimum inventory level
- Color and shapecodes (if used)
Consider using containers with self-closing spouts to avoid using funnels. If funnels must be used, clean them between uses and store them in zip-lock bags to keep them clean.