Whether your equipment utilizes oil or grease, there are some best practices and things to consider when preparing for the winter months ahead. At really low temperatures oil can congeal and stop flowing. When this happens, preventable wear and tear is occurring in your equipment. The same is true for greaseable lubrication points, as well. As it gets colder, viscosity increases and it’s harder for your lubricant of choice to get where it’s needed.
Many industrial air compression systems are located outside or in minimally insulated facilities. During the spring and fall, this location helps the compression system maintain its ideal operating temperature ranges from about 40 to 95° Fahrenheit.
In the winter, however, temperatures may drop well below 40 degrees Fahrenheit and remain low for long periods of time.