As supply chain issues continue to ripple across the lubricants market, many end-users struggle to get the right lubricants in stock for their equipment. It is not only lubricants themselves that are in short supply, but difficulties with packaging or additives have also contributed to the roller coaster effect. While it may be tempting to start stocking up on lubricants the way many people stocked up on toilet paper during the early days of the pandemic, beating supply chain problems is a lot more complicated than stockpiling extra oil and grease. Unlike toilet paper, lubricants can degrade significantly if stored for long periods of time.
Thankfully, there are other ways to combat supply line issues in lubrication. What follows are ways to optimize lubrication, reduce lube consumption and, in turn, lessen your reliance on increasingly unsteady supply lines. With a solid plan in place, you will have less surprises and last-second shortages to contend with in maintenance and operations.