Calculator Identifies Energy Savings Possible with Effective Lubrication

With just a few keystrokes on a new online tool from Dow Corning Corp., Midland, Mich., manufacturing plant managers can estimate the potential energy and emission savings possible if equipment were to be lubricated properly.

A typical large manufacturing facility can have more than 80,000 lubrication points, any of which can create drag and friction, meaning more energy is needed and more emissions are created, says Phil Grellier, Dow Corning global solutions development manager.

To help avoid such problems, users can go online to visit the calculator page online [link at bottom of page] and enter the number and types of equipment such as motors, gearboxes, pumps, compressors and fans. Then, by simply adding other variables such as the kilowatts needed to run them as well as the hours per day and days per year the systems are operated, the calculator will project potential savings in kilowatt hours, carbon dioxide emissions and the associated cost savings.