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Lubricant-dispensing equipment often lies at the root of cross contamination problems. By dispensing oil through equipment that was previously used with a different lubricant, the two fluids mix, potentially causing lubrication impairment. Cross contamination is also a trend-killer, reducing the effectiveness of oil analysis efforts. Equipment such as transport containers, hand pumps, transfer carts and filter carts should be labeled to match the lubricant to be used. Where mixing is unavoidable, verify compatibility in advance with the lubricant supplier. Extend the identification process to the machine's lubricant fill ports. Using identification tags or color-codes help to ensure that the proper lubricant is added to the reservoir.

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