Machinery Lubrication March 2007

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Jim Fitch, Noria Corporation

In leading maintenance organizations, managers don't shrug off the importance of cleanliness. Instead, we are seeing these companies intrepidly improve fluid cleanliness targets over and over in...

Noria Corporation

As a frequent instructor and consultant to major companies, I'm constantly amazed by the number of times I hear experienced maintenance professionals extol the virtues of "just change oil" to solve...

Brendan Casey

Power transmission in a hydraulic system is a product of flow and pressure. Therefore, the power rating of a hydraulic pump or actuator is a product of its ability to produce or absorb flow, as...

Noria Corporation

In the world of reliability, an increasing number of people are realizing the benefits of predictive and proactive maintenance strategies. Condition monitoring, the primary activity of these...

Analysts

In 2000, Premcor Refining (now Valero) began seeking ways to reduce machinery and equipment failures, which resulted in a lubrication reliability department dedicated to the development of programs...

Ken Brown, Utility Service Associates

To be effective, a lubrication maintenance program must reduce unscheduled downtime as cost effectively as possible. Other objectives of such efforts include: Maximize...

Drew Troyer

When asked to describe a lubricant, people typically refer to its brand or product name. More precisely, a lubricant, whether it is an oil or grease, is a bundle of performance properties such as...

Harold Matroni, Alcoa Mill Products

In large and small plants across the globe, machines wear out daily - breaking down or just becoming too old or obsolete to meet current needs. Hopefully, in our proactive world, we are able to...

Jerry Mclain, SKF

Recently, synthetic greases have found greater use in rotating equipment. Long considered the lubricant of choice for applications involving extreme temperatures, loads and speeds, synthetic...

David Kolstad, Porous Media John Burban, Porous Media

Clean, Dry and Cool For years, the recommended fluid conditioning advice from original equipment manufacturers was to keep the fluid clean, dry and cool. Unfortunately, the conventional...

Michael Khonsari, Louisiana State University E.R. Booser, Analysts

Low ambient temperatures affect the flow characteristics of a lubricant. Dropping below the pour point and the higher viscosity not only restricts oil flow to bearings and other machine elements,...

The Importance of Visual Inspections Buckets are important when changing oil, but when the bottom of the bucket is not visible, another route must be taken. The condition-based maintenance team...

A common goal in surface lubrication is to lubricate the component with the correct amount of lubricant while keeping the surrounding environment dry. SKF's VOGEL® Vectolub system is a clean...

Barbara Bellanti, Battenfeld Grease and Oil Corp. William Kersey, Fuchs Lubricants Co.

NLGI, an organization for the lubricating grease industry, is pleased to announce its 2007 annual meeting will be held at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess from June 9th through June 12th in...

Suzy Jamieson, ICML

By now, certification is common across a broad range of professions. Quality certification programs provide standards and guidelines for professional recognition. While certification is not a...

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