Machinery Lubrication September 2006

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Jim Fitch, Noria Corporation

Many who claim to be purists tout that they prefer oil over grease. But then again, there are those die-hard grease advocates who have their own orthodoxy.

Noria Corporation

To train (verb) a : to form by instruction, discipline or drill b : to teach so as to make fit, qualified or proficient to make prepared (as by exercise) for a test of skill...

Brendan Casey

Many industrialized countries have regulations restricting noise levels in the workplace. The high-power density and corresponding high noise emission of hydraulic components cause industrial...

Noria Corporation

How does one know which lubricant is the best fit for a given application? Typically, it is as simple as searching through a maintenance manual and selecting a product from the QPL (qualified...

Lindsay Hall

Designing a best-practice lubricant storage and dispensing room is one of the first steps in achieving lubrication excellence. Several readers met the challenge of transforming their lubricant...

Noria Corporation

To secure the reliability of critical company assets, parts and equipment must be protected from corrosion. During machine operation, oil is circulated or splashed to ensure additives are well...

Failure Analysis A large general-purpose steam turbine was experiencing recurring sleeve bearing failures. The failure was consistently associated with the observation of black oil. The oil in...

Daryl Beatty, Dow Chemical Company Martin Greaves, Dow Chemical Company

For centuries, lubricants have been utilized as a way to reduce friction and wear on moving parts. In 2005, 40 million tons of lubricants were produced. While natural mineral oil-based fluids...

Art Durnan, Rio Tinto

When the maintenance department at Rio Tinto Energy America’s (formerly Kennecott Energy) Antelope coal mine needed a new lube truck, they decided to take a different approach: designing their own....

Heinz P. Bloch, Process Machinery Consulting

As consumers and manufacturers of all kinds of products, we are often asked to sort out the claims and counterclaims of advertisers and marketers. That’s understandable and will continue in any...

In a boiler feed pump, an air breather is used to vent the enclosed air space on the bearing housings. With increasing heat and thermal expansion, oil vapors form in the bearing housings and migrate...

Suzy Jamieson, ICML

What is the expiration date on your ICML certificate? Don’t let your certification be revoked for failing to contact the International Council for Machinery Lubrication regarding recertification....

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