Practicing Oil Analysis January 1999

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Jim Fitch, Noria Corporation

People resist change not because they love the status quo but because they fear the uncertainty of what lies ahead. Yet, without change we are destined to repeat the past. After all, machines that...

Drew Troyer

Reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) continues to show up prominently in technical literature as the future strategic direction in machinery maintenance. It should be. RCM is the right thing to...

The PREDICT Navigator is a portable screening device for qualifying the condition of lubricants in non-combustion applications. This hand-held oil condition monitor can be used at the...

Jim Fitch, Noria Corporation

Some 2,500 years ago a unique contraption came to life in ancient Greece. It did the job of a pump, elevating water from streams to aqueducts, which carried the water to fields and villages. Much...

Stephen W. Eliot, Mobil Oil Corporation

Water contamination can cut bearing life by as much as 80%. Yet, when scrupulous maintenance practices and new oil additive technology are combined bearing life can be extended...

This past November General Motors announced the expanded inclusion of its oil change indicator on 90% of their production over the coming five years. The Oil-Life System is currently in use on some...

A recent study published in Tribology Letters shows evidence that acids, produced by base oil oxidation, can contribute to reduced scuffing in a bench test. The investigation was conducted...

Brad Sweet, Emerson Process Management Jaime Viramontes, El Paso Electric

In October 1998, El Paso Electric Company's Power Generation Facility in El Paso Texas was honored with the prestigious RBM Excellence Award.* The annual RBM (Reliability Based Maintenance) Award...

PdMA Corporation was founded in 1979 as an organization providing predictive maintenance products and services. In 1989, the PdMA Laboratory Services Division was created. From its inception, it...

Friction polymers are often observed in used oil samples from gear boxes and highly-loaded rolling element bearings. For many years the nature of how friction polymers are formed has been...

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