75% of all industrial equipment failures are linked to oil contamination. Therefore, maintaining proper oil cleanliness with the right types of filters is critical to the success of any manufacturing operation. Oil contamination from particulate accelerates the rate of component wear and can lead to premature component failure. As a result of improved filtration, studies show that improving filtration, as measured by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) cleanliness code, can extend the life of manufacturing equipment by 1.3 to 3 times or more. Additionally, as the oil is cleaned through proper filtration, it is common to extend the life of the oil as well.
Ensuring the cleanliness of the oils and lubricants you’re using can help mitigate these issues and lead to longer equipment life, less unscheduled downtime, and reduced maintenance costs. Oil cleanliness is measured using the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) cleanliness code to measure particle count per milliliter of oil for particles 4, 6, and 14 micron in size. This ISO code is expressed in 3 numbers: 16/14/11. When filtering your lubricant, you remove particles in the oil of all sizes. Read more… http://missourienterprise.org/blog/254-extend-equipment-life-with-good-oil-filtration-practices.