6 Lubrication Maintenance Rights

the 6 maintenance rightsWhen establishing a Lubrication Reliability Programme, the programme uses as its base the 6 Lubrication Maintenance Rights. For every Production Facility Lubrication is an essential part of their machinery maintenance. Although only ca. 3% of a maintenance budget is spent on lubricants, it does have a major influence on lubrication related costs.

In order to achieve optimum reliability and maximum benefits from a lubrication Programme, the following six factors (6 Rs) need to be taken into account:


  1. Right Lube.
        Meaning that the machine should be filled with the Right lubricant.
        But it also means that a labeling system in the lube room, on the dispensing container and on the machine is needed.
        To avoid potential mixing, it should be colour coded 
    and symbol supported.

  2. At the Right Time.
        A detailed mapping of the machine lubrication points is necessary as well as their working conditions, lubrication
        requirements and criticality.

  3. In the Right Quantity.
  4. In the Right Place
  5. In the Right Way
  6. And kept in the Right Condition
        We need to ensure we are doing oil analysis to determine the condition of the oil, establish a filtering system to keep
        the oil clean when needed and we need to add desiccant breathers on each key oil application.

Lubrication management software (LMS) supports the lubrication activity.  Ultimately, an LMS tool enables the use of the right lubricant at the right time in the right place by providing companies with the appropriate tools to streamline the lubrication activity.  In practice, LMS tools manage the lubrication schedule, enabling their users to create work orders of various frequencies and to track time and material consumption.




Traditional LMS tools have been around for quite some years and we believe that, as well as supporting basic lubrication management activities, these tools should evolve to support and promote Lubrication Best Practices, therefore enabling the implementation of a sustainable optimised lubrication management programme.


We believe that LUBRILYS software goes a long way to support Best Practices. Below find some examples of functionality bringing best practices at the heart of the tool. 


Knowledge management:

The “tip” functionality is used throughout the application, providing users with activity-specific tips. These are pieces of advice or reminders that sustain best practices knowledge, making it part of a day to day operations. In addition to these “tips”, the application also provides a gallery of pictograms which can be printed out and displayed.


Driving precision lubrication:

LUBRILYS comes with a dashboard that displays a set of key metrics. The tool offers great flexibility, allowing users to personalise the dashboard with metrics that are more appropriate for their business. 


Controlling contamination:

LUBRILYS helps control contamination by supporting colour coding for lubricants and the 5S practices.



One of the tools provided by LUBRILYS lists lubrication points better suited for automation, based on a set of criteria. This will ensure automation remains on management’s radar as changes to the lubrication plan are introduced.


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We believe that, as well as supporting basic lubrication management activities, thus enabling the use of the right lubricant at the right time and place, LUBRILYS supports optimised lubrication management programmes by supporting best practices and introducing functionality to help sustain these practices across the long run.