Practicing Oil Analysis March 2002

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Drew Troyer

Of all the tests employed for used oil analysis, none provides better test repeatability or consistency than viscosity. Likewise, there is no property more critical to effective component...

Martin Williamson

It is all too easy to overlook the details when creating an onsite oil analysis program. But these overlooked details may be the difference between a successful onsite oil analysis program and an...

Bill Herguth, Herguth Laboratories, Inc.

Approximately 90 percent of all bearings are lubricated with grease. But how much do you know about the grease or greased bearings in your plant? Grease analysis is certainly not for every bearing...

Frank D'Arcio, General Motors Ed Bohn, General Motors

Like so many plants, General Motors’s Linden Truck and Bus Assembly plant always depended upon its lube supplier to provide oil analysis. It was assumed that this free service provided...

When analyzing data from elemental spectroscopy, it is important to consider not just single elements in isolation, but rather to look at multiple elements simultaneously. By doing so,...

Jim Fitch, Noria Corporation

Modern organizations call it raising the corporate IQ. Most of us have seen statistics on the lifetime financial returns of a college education. When it comes to education, a penny saved is not a...

James B. Hannon, ExxonMobil

For any power generation facility, the turbine is considered the lifeblood of the operation. Any problem requiring an unexpected shutdown of the main turbine is likely to cause a significant...

Noria Corporation

Moisture in hydraulic fluids and lubricating oils has a degrading effect on both the lubricant and the machine. While some additives cling to the water and are removed when the water separates from...

Dan Walsh, National Tribology Services

Geared systems are ubiquitous in industrial plants. Gear reducers can number in the thousands in a medium-size manufacturing facility. While not all gearboxes may be deemed critical, those...

This massive metal particle was found clunking around in the cylinder of a large propulsion ship engine in port in the Persian Gulf. Apparently a valve rod seized up in its guide. This...

Dingo Maintenance Systems’ latest oil analysis software product, MaintenanceGuyTM, was designed and built for the Web using leading-edge software tools, including the recently released...

Noria Corporation

In the second article of our series outlining some of the basic tests and procedures used in commercial oil analysis laboratories, our attention is focused on Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR)...

Don Searles, Machinery Maintenance for Extended Life

Some recent headlines seen on television and in newspapers across the country: “Boeing Lays Off 10,000 Workers.” “Ford Loses 1.5 Billion in the Last Quarter and Will Lay Off 15,000 in...

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