Kumbhar Keeps Lubrication on Track at JSW Steel

Name: Sachin Kumbhar

Age: 34

Job Title: Mechanical Maintenance Engineer Company: JSW Steel Ltd

Location: Dolvi India Mumbai

Length of Service: 14 years

With 14 years under his belt at JSW Steel Ltd., Sachin Kumbhar has a vested interest in the company’s lubrication program. Realizing that lubrication is the life-blood of the facility’s machines, Kumbhar has actively furthered his own technical knowledge while keeping JSW Steel’s lubrication program on track.

Q: How long have you worked for your company and which positions have you held?

A: I have been working with JSW Steel since 2006. I am presently working as the Assistant Manager, Mechanical Maintenance.

Q: What other companies have you worked for and which positions did you hold?

A: Ispat Industries Limited

Q: When did you get your start in machinery lubrication and how did it happen?

A: I came across machinery lubrication when I was reading articles on lubrication on the internet.

Q: What types of training have you taken to get you to your current position?

A: I have taken lubrication training, and training on bearings and its lubrication at the SKF Training Center.

Q: What professional certifications have you attained?

A: SKF Bearing & Lubrication

Q: Are you planning to obtain additional training or achieve higher certifications? If so, why and which ones?

A: Yes, I think staying updated and upgraded keeps me active and helps my performance at my organization.

Q: What’s a normal workday like for you?

A: Each day is learning on the shop floor.

Q. What is the amount and range of equipment that you help service through lubrication/oil analysis tasks?

A: At JSW Steel Dolvi Work’s Steel Melt Shop, we have customized bearings for our critical equipment’s gantry and top lance.

Q. What lubrication-related projects are you currently working on?

A: We are working on fixing the auto lubrication system for one of our top lance equipment which is one of the most critical pieces of equipment.

Q. What have been some of the biggest project successes for which you’ve played a part?

A: Erection and commissioning of an auto lubrication system and consistent equipment reliability, and all auto lubrication systems at the Steel Melt Shop.

Q: How does your company view machinery lubrication in terms of importance and overall business strategy?

A: With the largest product portfolio in steel, JSW Steel Dolvi Works is India's largest steel exporter, shipping to more than 100 countries across 5 continents. Over the last 35 years, we have been at the forefront of science and cutting-edge technology ... and we are just warming up. Machinery lubrication plays a crucial role in terms of achieving production. JSW Steel Dolvi is a well-cultured organization in lubrication systems and has set a trend in lubrication systems.

Q: What do you see as some of the more important trends taking place in the lubrication and oil analysis field?

A: Predictive Maintenance related equipment is definitely helping.

Q: What has made your company decide to put more emphasis on machinery lubrication?

A: A lubrication system is considered the life blood of a plant’s equipment. At JSW Steel Dolvi Works, lubrication is given a top priority which is evident by the machinery lubrication system in one of our most critical departments, the Steel Melt Shop. The upkeep of the equipment’s lubrication system has raised equipment reliability and helped improve production.

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