Practicing Oil Analysis January 2002

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Jim Fitch, Noria Corporation

I recently received an e-mail from a colleague seeking my opinion about a specific sampling philosophy. Referring to mobile equipment such as excavators, scrapers and dozers, he asked if good oil...

Noria Corporation

As the practice of oil analysis and oil sampling evolves from a “whatever works” attitude to a more defined trade skill, techniques and procedures must also evolve. The principles behind oil...

Anne Reygaerts, Laborelec

It is well known that regular oil analysis is useful in monitoring the condition of engines, turbines and other oil lubricated equipment. The same can be said for transformer oils used to...

Maurice E. Le Pera, Le Pera and Associates

For some companies inadvertent or unintentional mixing of fluids and oils is a frequently encountered problem. Under these circumstances, mixing may be the result of improper markings on...

Noria Corporation Drew Troyer, Noria Corporation

Using statistics to set oil analysis alarms and limits is a powerful and time-saving tool that allows the analyst to focus attention on those machines that are believed to be in trouble. Typically,...

Mark Penton (Interview)

Like most industries, the papermaking industry is highly competitive, requiring maximum equipment reliability and minimum unplanned downtown. Since many mills are one- or two-line operations...

Lana Robin, PdMA Corporation

History:R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company had been performing lubricant condition monitoring on its equipment for 20 years. A few years ago, the Predictive Maintenance Group in the Utilities...

Noria Corporation

For those just getting started in the oil analysis game, the learning curve can initially seem steep and daunting. Technical jargon such as elemental analysis, Fourier Transform Infrared...

Octavio Catalan, Ingelube S.A.

The Basics Diesel engines, just like many other lubricated machines, are susceptible to wear from silt particles in the 1-10 µm range. While in hydraulic systems and other components, optical...

Noria Corporation

One cold, gray, Canadian-winter day, a gearbox sample was sent to a lab for ferrographic analysis. The ferrogram showed a series of strange and rather unusual red fibers not commonly found in a...

Moisture in oil is one of the most serious contaminants and its presence must be carefully monitored in lubricating oils. From the simple nonquantitative crackle tests to the sophisticated Karl...

Drew Troyer

Many would-be reliability improvements stall due to a lack of data, and as a result, folks are unwilling or unable to make a decision that will allow the project to move forward. However, decisions...

Noria Corporation Drew Troyer, Noria Corporation

A world-class lubrication and lubricant analysis program requires individuals with world-class skills. While it is true to say that those directly responsible for lubrication must be properly...