Recognizing the power of knowledge — and how quickly that knowledge can spread — was vital to setting the Argos Cement Plant in Newberry, Florida, on the path to better lubrication. This process did not happen overnight. It all started when John Clancy, a maintenance inspector at Argos Newberry, took the initiative to reach out to Noria after meeting a Noria expert at a conference.
“When we came back, our company was wanting us to move forward with our lubrication program,” Clancy said. “We remembered meeting Noria and liking what they had, so we dug up the business card and reached out."
Clancy, who has been with Argos since 1999, is part of the Methods Department, the plant's reliability group. Having dedicated inspectors sets Argos Newberry apart from other facilities, enabling them to help the plant implement lubrication improvements effectively. Another vital aspect that separated Argos Newberry from other facilities was its corporate team’s involvement.
Having the corporate team involved in the process sends a strong message to everyone at the plant that lubrication is an integral part of the more extensive reliability program. Clancy said that the involvement of the corporate team was essential to getting the job done. “Without their support or influence, we couldn’t have achieved any of this,” he said.